Blueberries may have been dubbed a “superfood” by some, but the fruit may have met its match with a new variety of lettuce developed by Rutgers University. Named Rutgers Scarlet Lettuce as a tribute to the school’s mascots, the Scarlet Knights, the variety is high in polyphenols and has a low glycemic index, according to a news release. Polyphenols are plant-based chemicals known for beneficial properties, such as helping with diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity.
Northeast’s ‘polar vortex’ may not reduce stink bug numbers
If there was one thing good to come out of the nonstop bitter cold storms that hit the Northeast this winter, fruit growers thought it might be fewer brown marmorated stink bugs this season. But Virginia Tech entomologist Tom Kuhar says don’t get your …
Rutgers updates vegetable production guide
Hot off the press. Rutgers University has just posted online its updated vegetable production recommendations for 2014, and they’re available for free download at http://njaes.rutgers.edu. Hard copies are available at local county Extension offices.
Bumblebee numbers plummet, according to study
Honeybees may be getting the bulk of media attention when it comes to declining populations. But researchers in the Northeast say that bumblebees have taken a much larger hit during the past century and a half, according to a recent news release…The …