Projects to test water for lead, other impurities in underserved Pa. counties
May 18, 2016
Private water supplies in Pennsylvania counties underserved by water-quality educational programs and water testing will be the focus of two new Penn State Extension projects aimed at helping well owners detect and remediate lead and other common contaminants. The projects will provide free water testing for 380 homes and farms in nine counties and add to a database that helps track the extent of contamination in private water supplies across the state.
New Penn State research initiative part of White House microbiome event
May 16, 2016
An emerging, cross-disciplinary area of research at Penn State was represented May 13 at a White House event aimed at promoting the study of microbiomes. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy sponsored the event to announce the new National Microbiome Initiative, which will foster the integrated study of microbiomes across different ecosystems.
New insect pest a threat to onion and related crops in Pennsylvania
May 12, 2016
An insect never before found in the Western Hemisphere has been discovered in Pennsylvania, and agriculture officials are asking growers and home gardeners to help monitor and manage the new invasive pest. The allium leafminer is a threat to several species of crop plants in the genus Allium, such as onion, leek, garlic, chive, shallot and green onion, warned Shelby Fleischer, professor of entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.