Penn State to help develop guidelines for growing industrial hemp
July 26, 2016
On July 20, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law allowing the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and institutions of higher education to grow hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) for research purposes. Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is working with the state department of agriculture to develop the policies, procedures and applications needed to facilitate and guide such research projects.
Stay safe from Salmonella in backyard poultry
July 25, 2016
As of July 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 611 people had been infected with Salmonella in 45 states, likely as a result of contact with live poultry, such as chicks and ducklings, in backyard flocks. Of the people who were infected, 195 were children 5 years of age or younger and 138 were hospitalized. Twenty-six individuals were residents of Pennsylvania.
Penn State bee research pollinates next generation of scientists
July 15, 2016
While Penn State has developed a reputation as a leader in pollinator research, the experiences of entomology alumni illustrate another key contribution to pollinator health. Penn State is playing a critical role in training the next generation of scientists to address problems — such as parasitic mites, diseases and pesticide effects — that are likely to take longer to solve than the duration of a research grant or even an entomologist's entire career.
Pollinators, pesticides in focus at Fruit Research and Extension Center
July 15, 2016
An apple orchard in full bloom: for many, a simple harbinger of spring. But for David Biddinger and his colleagues and graduate students at Penn State’s Fruit Research and Extension Center, the delicate blooms carry the promise of a future in which bees and pesticides can do their work in harmony at fruit farms across the nation.