Student-run Horticulture Show scheduled for Sept. 27-28
September 11, 2014
The "Seasons of Horticulture" will be the theme of the 101st annual Penn State Horticulture Show, Sept. 27-28.
After wet growing season, risks high for barn and silo fires
September 5, 2014
A rash of barn and silo fires in the last week has an extension farm safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences warning farmers to be aware of -- and if necessary take precautions against -- blazes caused by stored crops with high moisture content. This growing season was exceptionally wet, and related problems are beginning to show up with harvested crops, according to Davis Hill, senior extension associate in agricultural safety and health.
Sugar substitutes not so super sweet after all
September 4, 2014
The taste of common sugar substitutes is often described as being much more intense than sugar, but participants in a recent study indicated that these non-nutritive sugar substitutes are no sweeter than the real thing, according to Penn State food scientists.
Sensory-tested drug-delivery vehicle could limit spread of HIV, AIDS
August 28, 2014
A unique method for delivering compounds that could positively impact the global battle against HIV and AIDS may be possible, thanks to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Zombie ant fungi 'know' brains of their hosts
August 22, 2014
A parasitic fungus that reproduces by manipulating the behavior of ants emits a cocktail of behavior-controlling chemicals when encountering the brain of its natural target host but not when infecting other ant species, a new study shows. The findings, which suggest that the fungus "knows" its preferred host, provide new insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying this phenomenon, according to researchers.