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.
New Creamery website means your favorite ice cream is just a few clicks away
November 10, 2015
As the iconic Penn State Berkey Creamery celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, its geographically dispersed customers now have an ordering tool and fulfillment system befitting a contemporary, 21st-century retail operation. A newly launched website (http://creamery.psu.edu), powered by a sophisticated e-commerce platform, allows creamery fans to have the taste of Penn State delivered to their door.
Student Stories: Plant science major's family tradition spawns career goal
November 6, 2015
Years ago, young Sara Getson ventured into the woods with her father, hunting for the stout, honey-colored mushroom that is her family's favorite. They searched for the aptly named honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea) not just for fun, but to pick, can and sauté them with butter and onions for dinner. Now, that tradition has spawned her studies and career ambitions at Penn State.