HomeStyles: Helping Parents Create Healthier, Safer Homes

Family TableNutritional science professors Carol Byrd-Bredbenner and John Worobey and research assistant Jennifer Martin-Biggers created HomeStyles, an 18-month online program that offers quick, fun tips to educate parents of preschoolers on how to shape their homes and lifestyles. Read more at Rutgers Today.

Alumni Story: Nick Vorsa, Better Cranberries Through Science

Nick Vorsa in cranberry research bog.

Nick Vorsa in cranberry research bog.

Nicholi Vorsa (Cook ’76, GSNB ’85) is director of the Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension in Chatsworth, N.J. He and his team have developed new varieties of cranberries that have offered many improvements for commercial production. The story of his work in collecting cranberry germplasm and mapping its genome appeared in the May, 2014 issue of Fruit Growers News, reprinted here.

Rutgers breeding program puts science first

The process leading to the release of breakthrough cranberry varieties at Rutgers University represents a nearly 30-year evolution. Driving the program to these heights has been Nicholi Vorsa and his colleagues. [Read more...]

Annual Rutgers Turfgrass Research Field Days Draws Record Attendance

Participants in "Rutgers Turfgrass Research Field Days" listen to a Rutgers research discuss new varieties of turfgrass durign the annual program held at Hort Farm II.

Participants in “Rutgers Turfgrass Research Field Days” listen to a Rutgers researcher discuss new varieties of turfgrass during the annual program held at Hort Farm II.

On July 29-30, Rutgers held its annual Turfgrass Research Field Days at the Turf Research Farm – Hort Farm II, off Ryders Lane in North Brunswick, NJ. Over 800 industry professionals attended this record-breaking, two-day event, which has its roots in the 1920s, although regular turf field days in New Jersey did not occur annually until after World War II.

In what may well be the largest “outdoor classroom” event at the university, the latest field research was passed on to industry practitioners in highly-interactive sessions in which the researchers summarized their research and the attendees listened and asked questions. Attendees also qualified for Golf Course Superintendents Association of America education points as well as pesticide applicator re-certification credits from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. [Read more...]

Education wrapped up in nature’s glory makes learning fun

If the great outdoors represents the world’s largest education facility, then a small swath of land on the grounds of the city’s history weighted Trent House proved an interesting classroom…In between our oohs and ahhs of the aforementioned discovery by Master Gardener Louise Senior, Children’s Home Society day tripping youngsters enjoyed open-aired learning as a part of a 4-H Mercer County Initiative. 

Read the entire article at trentonian.com »

Rutgers NJAES Board of Managers’ Listening Session Looks at Expanding Board Representation

Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources Bob Goodman, addresses the Rutgers NJAES Board of Managers at the July 17 Listening Session

Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources Bob Goodman addresses the Rutgers NJAES Board of Managers at the July 17 Listening Session

A Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Board of Managers Listening Session was hosted by NJAES, the NJAES Board of Managers (BOM), the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the New Jersey State Board of Agriculture and the New Jersey Farm Bureau at the Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown on July 17. The BOM is an advisory body to the Executive Director of NJAES comprised of members represent each New Jersey each county and appointed by Rutgers Board of Governors. The current board members primarily represent commercial agriculture. [Read more...]