University of Connecticut

The key to a successful rain garden is now a tap away

PrintIf you want to reduce water pollution while also enjoying a beautiful landscape, rain gardens offer the perfect solution. Luckily, the University of Connecticut Extension has created a new smartphone app to help you through a rain garden project. This mobile app is available for both iOS and Android devices and is completely free.

The Rain Garden App offers detailed instructions and video tutorials on how to create and maintain a rain garden. It helps users make important decisions such as the size, placement and content of their rain gardens. Additionally, app users have access to information on the best garden design, soil type and plants for his or her particular location and circumstances. The app also has a personalized database feature for users who wish to keep track of multiple rain gardens.

What exactly is a rain garden, and why would you want to create one? A rain garden is a slight indentation in the ground filled with mulch and plants that collects rainwater and prevents runoff. It is a simple, affordable and beautiful way to help reduce water pollution. (more…)

We have regretfully made the difficult decision to cancel Cornucopia Fest this year.

The decision is based not on the threat of rain, but on the winds predicted for the next several days as well as, at this time, uncertainty about the path of Hurricane Joaquin (which has the potential to affect tent takedown on Monday). About half of Cornucopia’s activities and exhibits are housed in tents. The winds predicted for the next few days will make it unsafe and perhaps physically impossible for the vendor to put up the tents and the tents themselves unsafe to be in and around.

We thank you for your interest in Cornucopia and the programs of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.

We look forward to seeing you at Cornucopia 2016!

HIOTW: Daisy and cart and foal

Daisy and cart and foal

Two men holding lead ropes attached to halters on horse and foal. Houses visible in background. Harry L Garrigus, 1906. From the Dodd Digital Collection.

Meet undergraduate Tyler Lemoine


Tyler Lemoine (center)

Tyler Lemoine of Southington, Connecticut knows the value of stepping out of one’s comfort zone and exploring new things. He always thought he wanted to be a veterinarian but after taking one political science course, his goals shifted. As a pathobiology major and political science minor, Tyler hopes to bridge the gap between the scientific and public policy communities after he graduates in May. Here is what he said about his experiences as a CAHNR student.

What attracted you to UConn? I originally wanted to be a veterinarian, and I knew that UConn had a great program for that. I also researched UConn’s climate index for LGBT+ populations.

Why did you choose your particular major? I always loved science, especially medical science, and I wanted to be a veterinarian. However, after coming to UConn, I realized that I was more interested in the policies behind animal science and pathobiology. I am majoring in pathobiology and minoring in political science, and I think it is a great combination of disciplines. (more…)

Food scientist studies probiotics-based approaches to controlling foodborne infections

Mary Anne Amalaradjou

Mary Anne Amalaradjou

Mary Anne Amalaradjou, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science, is currently working on several projects related to food safety, an interest that goes back to her days in veterinary school.

“We were exposed to diverse fields of study from pathobiology and zoonotic diseases to nutrition,” she says. “I was always interested in microbiology and immunology. I like the small critters.”

Her doctoral research focused on natural antimicrobials, which led to an interest in probiotics. Amalaradjou says, “The driving factor in my research is human health. A single pathogen can have a profound effect on health as well as the economy.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths attributable to foodborne salmonellosis each year in the United States.