“Hot pepper in the body invigorates the soul” is a popular adage in West Africa. Members of the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology have been evaluating peppers from different parts of the world as part of the ethnic crop research initiative started at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences in 2001. [Read more...]
As fall slides into winter and the last few leaves of yellow and orange cling to the trees, these colors remind us of an annual event that has taken place on the George H. Cook Campus for many years: The Annual Turf Club Citrus Sale. Each year at this time, the SEBS Turf Club takes orders from faculty, staff and students for fresh Florida oranges, grapefruits, tangelos and tangerines as part of its fundraising drive. [Read more...]
Rutgers fungus expert Joan Bennett had always been a skeptic of "sick building syndrome" – the notion the air in a building can be so toxic it makes people sick. Then the home she owned in New Orleans was flooded by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. While others would mourn their losses, Bennett got busy taking swabs of mold, intent on studying them back in New Jersey, where she and her husband had temporarily relocated. In collecting them, however, she said she immediately felt ill, despite wearing gloves, a mask and protective gear. The dizziness, headaches and nausea she experienced made her open to the possibility that small amounts of mold can harm people. "The odor just made me feel horrible, and I thought, "Aha!" Maybe there’s something in these gasses," said Bennett, now a professor of plant biology and pathology at Rutgers. "I became a convert."
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Five miles offshore from the Golden Nugget casino, Michael F. Crowley, a marine scientist at Rutgers University, heaves three lifeboat-yellow drones off the back of his research vessel. The gliders, as he calls them, are winged and propellerless, like miniature Tomahawk missiles. Two are on loan from the Navy, and one, Rutgers’ own, is pockmarked from a past shark attack. As they slink into the Atlantic to begin a monthlong mission, they join a fleet of 12 others across the Eastern Seaboard, from Nova Scotia to Georgia. These drones are the centerpiece of "Gliderpalooza," a collaborative ocean-survey experiment coordinated by 16 American and Canadian government agencies and research teams. By pooling their resources, including satellites, radar stations, research buoys and the gliders, the teams hope to capture the most complete picture yet of the Atlantic’s many mysterious underwater movements – from deepwater currents to migrating fish.
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Rutgers and Emory University scientists have discovered a surprising link between mold and Parkinson’s disease: organic compounds which are given off by these organisms may be a possible cause for this devastating condition. While the causes of Parkinson’s disease are poorly understood at this time, previous studies have suggested that several factors, such as genes and environmental triggers, may play a part in causing it. Arati Inamdar, who is a researcher at Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, says that they have now found a link between a fungal compound called 1-octen-3-ol, or mushroom alcohol, and Parkinson’s symptoms.
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