Big plans set for Waterman

CFAES has big plans for its Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus. Dean Cathann A. Kress says those plans include becoming “a university hub for leading science and public engagement related to our food system, agriculture, and natural resources; as well as a center where many of our partners can join us to advance knowledge and industry, communicate about science, and prepare future leaders.” Read all about it.

Sustaining ‘the people’s universities’

Former Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee talks about land-grant universities (of which Ohio State is one), colleges of agriculture (such as CFAES), the importance of agriculture, research, Extension and more in an interview with Inside Higher Ed about his new co-authored book Land-Grant Universities for the Future.

New algal bloom effort has CFAES partners

Toledo Blade writer Tom Henry recently reported on Bowling Green State University’s new Lake Erie Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health. The center aims, he wrote, “to greatly expand how scientists investigate harmful algal blooms.”

Nine other universities and institutions, including Ohio State and its Ohio Sea Grant program, are cooperating with Bowling Green on the center.

Justin Chaffin, research coordinator for CFAES’s Stone Laboratory, will be one of the scientists involved with the center.

4 ways to visit Stone Lab

CFAES’s Stone Lab, located at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie, is offering public tours of its Gibraltar Island, Aquatic Visitors Center and South Bass Island Lighthouse at various times and days this summer and fall. Find details and the schedules.

You also can visit Sept. 8, when the lab hosts its 20th annual Friends of Stone Lab Open House.

Especially in summer, Stone Lab is home to teachers, students and scientists exploring Lake Erie, its water, and what lives in and around it. (Photo: Stone Lab open house, 2016, Frank Lichtkoppler, Ohio Sea Grant, via Flickr.)

See what’s new in growing crops in muck

CFAES’s 2018 Muck Crops Field Day, featuring the latest research on growing veggies in muck soil, is Thursday, July 26, at the college’s Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station near Willard.

The muck soil located at the station, left behind after a large swamp was drained more than a century ago, is much higher in organic matter than typical Ohio soil. As a result, high-value crops such as lettuce grow fast and well there. (Photo: Field day at the station, 2013, CFAES.)

CFAES’s celebrity snakes are back tweeting

Warm weather’s here, and the rattlesnake stars of the @TimberTweets feed — Jimbo, Hope, et al — are back, active and tweeting. Follow their rarely seen daily lives in the woods of southern Ohio. It’s all in the name of research being done by CFAES’s Peterman Lab. Fun fact (unless you’re a rodent or a tick): Timber rattlesnakes eat rodents that carry Lyme disease ticks. (Photo: iStock.)