Penn State developer of gene-edited mushroom wins 'Best of What's New' award
October 19, 2016
The developer of a mushroom that is genetically modified to resist browning has received a "Best of What's New" award from Popular Science magazine. Yinong Yang, professor of plant pathology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, edited the mushroom's genome using a revolutionary new tool known as CRISPR-Cas9, which enables researchers to create crop varieties with desirable traits without introducing foreign DNA.
America the Bountiful ag workforce event highlights Penn State initiative
October 14, 2016
PlantVillage, an online crop-disease knowledge library and image database co-founded by a Penn State researcher, was represented at an event unveiling a new agricultural workforce development initiative Oct. 6 in Washington, D.C. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the White House Rural Council announced America the Bountiful, which will include wide-ranging efforts to expand and diversify the U.S. agriculture workforce.
Industry leaders, decision-makers take Chesapeake water quality research tour
October 11, 2016
Researchers, educators, elected officials, farmers, agribusiness professionals and agricultural and environmental agency representatives gathered for the 2016 Penn State Agricultural Research Tour in late September to learn about current water quality and soil health research relevant to the Chesapeake Bay watershed.