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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Researchers receive $950,000 to develop pest controls for organic mushrooms
December 6, 2017
Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have received a three-year, $950,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to develop a suite of organic management options for three of the most challenging mushroom pests.
Bruce Bugbee (second from left) and Kira Bowen (center), were the recipients of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Alumni awards. They are shown with Ted Katsigianis (left), Joel Krall (second from right) and Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences Richard Roush (far right).
Bowen, Bugbee named College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Alumni
November 30, 2017
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has named Kira Bowen, professor of plant pathology at Auburn University, and Bruce Bugbee, professor of environmental plant physiology at Utah State University, as 2017 Outstanding Alumni.
According to the EPA, the top three sources of anthropogenic methane in the United States are the combined energy sector, 40 percent of the total; livestock, 36 percent; and landfills, 18 percent. Methane emissions from livestock operations are the result of microbial fermentation and methanogenesis in the forestomach of ruminants such as these dairy cattle and similar fermentation processes in manure.
Uncertainty surrounds U.S. livestock methane emission estimates
November 30, 2017
A new study of methane emissions from livestock in the United States — led by a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences — has challenged previous top-down estimates.
Many varieties of corn showing diversity of maize. Gene silencing can cause genes to not express, losing those traits in the final cob
Corn genetics research exposes mechanism behind traits becoming silent
November 21, 2017
For more than a century, plant geneticists have been studying maize as a model system to understand the rules governing the inheritance of traits, and a team of researchers recently unveiled a previously unknown mechanism that triggers gene silencing in corn.

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