Penn State entomology researchers receive Grand Challenges Explorations grant
November 25, 2015
Two Penn State researchers have been chosen to receive a grant through the Grand Challenges Explorations program, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Johanna Ohm, graduate student in biology, and Matt Thomas, professor and Huck Scholar in Ecological Entomology, will develop an insect-based artificial diet for adult Aedes/Anopheles mosquitoes as a viable alternative to mammalian blood meals.
Smartphones enlisted in the battle versus crop disease
November 24, 2015
Despite modern technology, the first line of defense against famine-inducing crop diseases is still the keen eyes of farmers around the world, many of whom do not have access to advanced diagnostics and treatment advice. To address this problem, scientists are releasing 50,000 open-access images of infected and healthy crop plants, with an eye toward developing a smartphone app that can automatically diagnose a crop disease.