Lignin is nature’s plastic. It gives plants the ability to stand tall and to withstand weather, insects, and diseases. But while lignin is useful for plants, it’s an obstacle to humans who want to use cellulose—a type of sugar found in plant cells that is tightly interwoven with lignin—to make biofuels.
Penn State research helps the mushroom industry turn up the heat on human pathogens.
How a teacher revived student interest in agricultural education.
A new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program in the college assists students and faculty members in commercializing their ideas.
Dana James has always been ambitious. In high school while peers were putting in a few local community service hours, she chose to volunteer in Guatemala. She approached her college education with the same above-and-beyond attitude.
The Jordan Soil Fertility Plots were the oldest extensive fertility plots in North America used to determine the best lime and fertilizer conditions for growing crops profitably.
For many crops in Pennsylvania, particularly no-till grain crops, slugs are a serious pest.
Wayne Martenas chronicles the events that led to his becoming an agricultural engineer and executive for a top agricultural equipment manufacturer.
Seven volunteer Master Gardeners share meals from their community garden every week.
While bringing people together through a shared hobby, community gardening teaches food literacy, respect for food, and the challenges of growing it.
Penn State researchers hope to develop an app that can predict where and how quickly the barley yellow dwarf virus will spread in grain fields.
Interview with Rita Graef, Pasto's Museum Curator
People are busy. Life is complicated. Yet, alumni continue to donate time and resources to support the college despite professional and personal commitments. Three alumni explain why they chose to get involved.
Shelley Coneybeer sat down on her bed and cried. The past few months of her life felt like a horror movie. Hundreds of stink bugs invaded her home.
Two college researchers in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences have cured leukemia in mice without any side effects, and they think their therapy will work in humans too.
There have been—and there will be more—moments to savor for the rookie Electrotechs, the 4-H Clarion/Venango robotics team. But this moment is not one of them.
First-year FRC teams hold their breath as they wait for one moment: the announcement of the Rookie All-Star Award.
New faculty member and researcher Andrew Patterson talks about metabolomics (you'll find out what that means) and the impact it could have on work throughout the college.
A new academic structure for the college was approved by the Board of Trustees in November 2011. Restructuring academic departments reduced their number from twelve to nine. The plan will formally take effect on July 1 of this year.
Three College of Agricultural Sciences faculty members, Nicole Brown, James Endres Howell, and Dan Stearns, talk about how their teaching methods help students succeed now and in the future.