CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesThe Daily Campus asked Professor Xiusheng Yang if Connecticut winters have been changing over the past few years. He said that there is not yet enough data to support the development of any kind of precipitation pattern. Yang is on the faculty of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment and director of the Connecticut State Climate Center. See also a subsequent The Daily Campus article.

UConn Today reported that Indrajeet Chaubey was named as the new dean of CAHNR, the director of the Connecticut Cooperative Extension System and the director of the Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station. Chaubey comes to UConn from Purdue University, and his start date is March 1.

Hearst news quoted Associate Cooperative Extension Educator Juliana Barrett about what she teaches her Climate Corps class and what evidence she sees regarding climate change in the Northeast. Continue reading

Awards and achievements in CAHNR

Michael Darre
Michael Darre

Department of Animal Science Michael Darre, who retired in August, recently received the Provost’s Outstanding Service Award, which is designed to honor and recognize those who have demonstrated excellence in service to the University of Connecticut that far exceeds reasonable expectations of their positions. The award honors faculty whose volunteer service (i.e., not that assigned as part of one’s job description or expectations in teaching, research or assigned service) is exemplary in enhancing the University’s mission in teaching, research, service, or engagement.

By honoring such individuals, the University demonstrates its commitment to service as an activity essential to its mission and to its governance, provides incentive for faculty to pursue activities that enhance the quality of their service, and emphasizes the importance of outstanding service.

Provost and Executive Vice President Craig Kennedy read this at the ceremony. Professor Darre has been a member of the Department of Animal Science since 1981 and has given consistent, inspiring, and caring service at the departmental, college, university, and community levels.  In his 37 years at the University, he provided leadership, wisdom, and work in some of UConn’s most prestigious, significant, and time-consuming roles, including as a member of the University Committee of Three; the University Senate Executive Committee; the Senate Curricula and Courses Committee (for more than 12 years), twice serving as Chair; the General Education Oversight Committee; the Senate Diversity Committee; and the President’s Honors and Awards Committee. Continue reading

Meet undergraduate Emily Kirillov

Emily Kirillov
Emily Kirillov

Emily Kirillov is a sophomore majoring in animal science. She is also a figure skater with more than 15 years of competitive skating experience. For the past six years, she has been a member of Team USA in synchronized skating. As part of Team USA, she has represented the United States at 12 international competitions across Europe and Canada, including four world championships.

What attracted you to UConn? The main reason I decided to become a Husky was the animal science department and educational opportunities here. After I toured other colleges, I realized that UConn’s animal science department has the best facilities, great professors and so many extracurricular activities for students. Also, UConn’s location would make it possible for me to keep skating on Team USA and commute to practices each weekend in Stamford. Continue reading

Extension educator putting fruit research into practice

Mary Concklin
Growers recognized Mary Concklin’s “outstanding service to the Connecticut fruit industry” when they gave her the Connecticut Pomological Society Award of Merit. (Kevin Noonan/CAHNR photo)

“Research is pointless unless you can convey the results to people who can use it. They go hand-in-hand.” This quote from Visiting Associate Extension Educator Mary Concklin reveals her desire to combine science with education as she works with fruit and those who grow it.

Since 2012, Concklin, who is now in a 100 percent grant funded position, has been doing research and “getting the word out” through on-farm demonstrations, grower conferences and one-on-one training. Her primary audience is in Connecticut.

Controlling insect pests with IPM

One of Concklin’s recent research projects involved finding a control for spotted wing drosophila (SWD), a relatively new invasive insect pest that lays its eggs in maturing berry crops and renders them unmarketable.

SWD was not eliminated in previous tests with traps placed throughout berry plantings, and the technique was too expensive. The only control seemed to be one or two pesticide applications per week.

Concklin turned to an integrated pest management (IPM) method used successfully in vegetable crops called perimeter trap cropping. In this two-year project, the goal was to protect a late season strawberry crop from a peak population of SWD by surrounding the strawberries with a fall red raspberry planting.

No insecticides were applied to the strawberries, but the raspberries were sprayed from the inside of the block outward. As a result, 96 percent of the strawberry fruit was free of SWD and marketable. “This could provide another management tool for berry growers,” Concklin said. Continue reading