UConn Today announced that in response to a rapidly expanding commercial hemp industry driven by interest in products with CBD oil, UConn opened a laboratory where the plant can be tested for a variety of compounds. Christopher Perkins, a CAHNR alumnus, is the laboratory’s director. He says the lab has received a number of referrals from UConn Extension educators. The facility is part of the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering‘s Hemp Initiative and will support the efforts of growers, manufacturers, and researchers, and educate students interested in entering the field. The article also appeared on Phys.org.
Associate Research Professor Chandi Witharana of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment is leading UConn’s involvement in the Permafrost Discovery Gateway. UConn Today announced that UConn researchers are collaborating with a number of partners to create a new online scientific resource that will document changing permafrost conditions at the sub-meter scale throughout the Arctic, providing researchers, educators and the public with new opportunities for exploration and discovery. The project will use satellite images and high-performance computing to document and display a variety of changes in the Arctic that will help researchers make more accurate predictions about how permafrost melt will affect carbon emissions and global warming. The resource will provide information that can help inform policies and management in the Arctic. EurekAlert! also reported on the project.
Detroit’s WXYZ shared advice from Consumer Reports about how to hire the right lawn care service. Jason Henderson, associate professor of turfgrass and soil sciences in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, suggested asking professionals about their credentials, including formal and continuing education, licensing and and affiliation with professional organizations.