College of Agricultural Sciences

The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences offers 17 undergraduate majors, 23 minors, and graduate programs in 18 major areas.

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Majid Foolad, center, professor of plant genetics at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, among the tomato plants used in his breeding program, with graduate students Mengyuan “Maggie” Jia, left, doctoral degree student in plant biology/plant science, and Jonathan Bonfiglio, right, master's degree student in plant science. Foolad won a $75,000 RAIN grant to commercialize new tomato varieties.
Researchers win funding for new tomatoes, wood packaging pest treatment
August 22, 2017
Penn State research teams working on two promising discoveries -- a new, energy-efficient treatment to kill destructive insects in wood and new tomato varieties bred for Pennsylvania conditions -- each have won $75,000 Research Applications for Innovation, or RAIN, grants to bring their discoveries to market.
Researcher Ali Demirci adjusts a bioreactor in which potato waste is being used to produce bioethanol with a novel process that simultaneously employs mold and yeast to convert starch to sugar and sugar to ethanol.
Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion
August 17, 2017
With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production costs for biofuel in the future and add extra value for chip makers.
The method of animal manure application can influence the availability of nutrients and estrogens to runoff water. Several Penn State studies have shown the potential benefits of shallow disk injection (shown here) for reducing phosphorus and nitrate transport in surface runoff compared to surface broadcasting. Just published research demonstrated significantly reduced estrogen transport in runoff from shallow disk injection plots relative to surface broadcast plots. The inset photo shows injectors.
Injecting manure instead of spreading on surface reduces estrogen loads
August 16, 2017
With water quality in the Chesapeake Bay suffering from excess nutrients and fish populations in rivers such as the Susquehanna experiencing gender skewing and other reproductive abnormalities, understanding how to minimize runoff of both nutrients and endocrine-disrupting compounds from farm fields after manure applications is a critical objective for agriculture.
Grant enables study of mosquito virus as a genetic lab tool, malaria biocontrol
August 14, 2017
A virus that infects a species of malaria-transmitting mosquito could help scientists gain a better understanding of mosquito biology and eventually could lead to methods for stopping or slowing the spread of the disease, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Jason Rasgon, professor of entomology, has received a grant of $1.9 million from the National Institutes of Health to study the virus, called AgDNV.

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Upcoming Events

Cultured Dairy Products Short Course
When: September 19-21, 2017
Where: University Park, PA
College of Ag Sciences Research Tour
When: September 21, 2017
Where: Snider Ag Arena
Mushroom Short Course 2017
When: September 24-26, 2017
Where: Mendenhall, PA
Dr. Jairam Vanamala
When: September 26, 2017
Where: The Village at Penn State, 260 Lion's Hill Road, State College, PA
Celebrate Agriculture Day
When: September 30, 2017
Where: Beaver Stadium
Intro to Descriptive Analysis Short Course
When: October 10-11, 2017
Where: University Park, PA
Food Safety and Sanitation for Food Manufacturers
When: October 17-19, 2017
Where: University Park, PA