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Spring/Summer 2017

Food production may not need to double by 2050.

Hired in October, Tom Davis is the first new manager of the creamery in 30 years. Tom fills us in on his dream job, the future of the Creamery, and his favorite dessert.

Penn State Extension changes how it does business to give customers what they want, when they want it, and how they want it.

New high-throughput sequencing technologies uncover a world of interacting microorganisms.

Jonathan Lynch's lab is addressing global famine with a combination of old-school methods and modern innovation.

Researcher Shannon White (left) with assistants implants a transmitter into a wild brook trout, which will allow her to track the fish's movement and monitor its behavior.

Brook trout behaviors could help the animals adapt to habitat change.

A survey of nearly 7,000 farmers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed finds that many have voluntarily implemented water-quality best management practices.

A new fungal biopesticide is achieving mortality rates from 95.5 to 99 percent within 14 days.

Penn State Extension has launched a new website to help farmers, food processors, food distributors, and members of the public better understand and implement the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Climate change is driving people to urban areas.

Julianna Razryadov, a graduate student in horticulture, is studying the benefits of using native plants to boost the sustainability and aesthetics of green roofs.

The fast-moving, wind-whipped blazes that burned more than 150,000 acres, killed 14 people, and damaged 2,400 structures in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee last year may be a portent of things to come, warns Professor of Forest Ecology and Physiology Marc Abrams.

Penn State creates a new center for the study of microbial interactions.

Put your notebooks away, turn off your cell phones, and test your knowledge.

Hayly Hoch (left) and Alyssa Gurklis completed a 10-week summer internship with Penn State Extension in Allegheny County in 2016.

An undergraduate internship plants the seeds of collaboration.

A new tool developed by Heather Gall, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, and three undergraduate students can help consumers calculate their emerging-contaminant footprint.

Following a new lead on the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome.

Ash and chestnut leaves

Faculty and staff in the college are conducting research on Pennsylvania's trees with a goal of saving ecologically and economically important species teetering on the brink of extinction.

Avian flu threatens to re-emerge during waterfowl migration periods.

Neonicotinoids and honey bee health

In terms of their risks to human health and the environment, genetically engineered (GE) crops are no different from conventional crops, according to a report published last year by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Plant pathology graduate student Siyi Ge examines the progress of oyster mushrooms in the growing room of the new Mushroom Research Center.

New facilities spawn fresh opportunities for mushroom research.

Matt Thomas, professor of entomology, and Jessica Waite, postdoctoral scholar in entomology, published a paper in the January 16 issue of Scientific Reports in which they examine the relationship between mosquitoes and cattle on human malaria occurrence.

Runoff from our lawns and gardens can cause harmful algae blooms that deplete oxygen and kill fish each year. The following tips can help you keep our waterways clean and healthy.

Container gardening can give you fresh herbs, such as parsley, rosemary, tarragon, and basil, at your fingertips.

With a little planning, you and your garden can provide food for hummingbirds from spring to fall.

Remember baking chocolate chip cookies or brownies as a kid and licking the spoon afterward?

For field crop production, having easily accessible records is essential.

During the hot summer days, consider preparing no-cook meals.

Mike Jacobson, professor of forest resources, says seeds from the croton tree could provide a good source of sustainable biofuel for east Africa.

Matt Thomas, professor and Huck Scholar in Ecological Entomology, says simple methods of killing malaria-spreading mosquitoes are needed while more complex technologies are being developed.

Yinong Yang, professor of plant pathology, developed a mushroom resistant to browning, and it was named the forty-first greatest innovation of 2016.

Paul Patterson, professor of poultry science, said very few hens are given feed containing animal products, as was done more often in the past.

Jim Frazier, professor emeritus of entomology, says finding the causes of honey bee decline is complicated.

The Armsby Respiration Calorimeter was proposed in 1898, opened in 1902, and served a vital role in animal and human nutrition experiments at Penn State through the 1960s.