2015 NJAES Annual Report Available for New Jersey Stakeholders

NJAES 2015 Annual Report coverThe 2015 NJAES Annual Report, produced by the Office of the Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources Robert Goodman, was unveiled on Feb. 11 at the final day of the New Jersey Agricultural Convention in Atlantic City.

The report highlights the research and extension activities of the experiment station under the six broad categories of commercial agriculture; environment and natural resources; fisheries and aquaculture; food, nutrition and health; home, lawn and garden; and youth and community development. In addition, the key areas of economic development and fundraising support round out a comprehensive look at the impact of NJAES on the lives of NJ residents, communities, and businesses. For your copy, contact the SEBS & NJAES Office of CommunicationsView the interactive 2015 NJAES Annual Report.

Rutgers Revolutionary: Cracking the Genetic Code of Plants

Joachim Messing at his investiture as Chair of Molecular Genetics at Rutgers.

Joachim Messing at his investiture as Chair of Molecular Genetics at Rutgers.

Prof. Joachim Messing, among the world’s top experts in molecular genetics, became famous for developing a genetic engineering technique used in laboratories to create plants that have produced disease-resistant crops considered vital to feeding the world’s population. Instead of cashing in on his discovery, he gave this scientific blueprint away for free to his fellow scientists around the world. Read more on this Rutgers Revolutionary at Rutgers Today.

Farmers learn benefits of agritourism at Atlantic City convention

South Jersey farms that grow fruits and vegetables can also be marketed as tourism draws, bringing customers to farms and marketing directly to them, according to speakers at this week’s New Jersey Agricultural Convention and Trade Show… The purpose of agritourism is to get people to visit farms, buy the products and educate consumers all in one package, said Bill Hlubik, an agricultural agent and professor at Rutgers University.

Read the entire article at Press of Atlantic City »

Zika Virus: What New Jersey Residents Should Know

Common Mosquito Pest Aedes vexansRandy Gaugler and Ary Faraji of the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology take an in-depth look at the Zika virus and what New Jersey’s residents need to know about the recent outbreak. Read more at the Center’s blog.

Zika Virus Could Become Problem in N.J., Toms River Area by July

The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that has been declared an international public health emergency, could become a problem in N.J. by July, an expert says. The Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, could become a problem in N.J. once the weather warms, Dina Fonseca, an entomologist and director of the Invasive and Emerging Disease Vectors Laboratory at Rutgers University, told nj.com.

Read the entire article at Toms River Patch »