Benefits of Green Spaces in Rural and Urban America
NIFA-funded scientists collaborating with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and USDA’s Forest Service, have used surveys, interviews, and focus groups to assess the benefits of parks and recreation. This research is providing the evidence and awareness needed for communities to provide more green spaces, for more doctors to include outdoor recreation in prescriptions, for policymakers to require outdoor recreation at school, and for land managers to plan for outdoor recreation.
Apple Fungus Spoils Food despite Pasteurization
New York is the second-largest apple grower in the U.S. and is the No.1 producer of processed apple products, such as cider, juice, and canned apples. Given this appreciation for apples, consumers might be concerned by reports from food scientists at Cornell University of a fungus, Paecilomyces niveus, which spoils apple products even after heat pasteurization. The fungus also produces an FDA-regulated toxin called patulin, which is found in these spoiled processed foods.
The Hunt for Genetically Engineered Organisms
Similar to a Star Trek Tri-Corder device, physicists and biologists at the University of Notre Dame, Rice University, and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York have teamed up to develop a field-ready device to detect the genetic or protein signature of genetically engineered (GE) organisms in the environment.
Will Chestnuts Roast on an Open Fire Again Someday?
Seventy years ago, when Nat “King” Cole first regaled us about roasted chestnuts in The Christmas Song, not many Americans could actually enjoy the treat because American chestnut trees were in dire straits.