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Research Briefs

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Tracking smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna.

Yuran Zhang, plant biology graduate student, sprays a glycerol treatment on the leaves of a Theobroma cacao tree as Siela Maximova, professor of horticulture and Mark Guiltinan look on

A safe, biodegradable alternative may help combat Phytophthora pot rot.

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In some parts of the world, being a mosquito magnet could mean you have malaria. Researchers have discovered that malaria parasites alter the chemical odor signal of their hosts to attract mosquitos and better spread their offspring.

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Oil and gas development in northern Pennsylvania and the current build-out of shale-gas infrastructure may be accelerating changes in songbird communities.

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If you’re planning to become pregnant, you probably know you need to stock your body with folic acid. But it turns out zinc may also be needed before conception to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

After killing its host, the so-called zombie ant fungus grows from the cadaver and produces spores, which rain down on the forest floor to infect new hosts

Killer fungus leaves ants dead at the “doorstep” of the colony.

The difference between 68°F and 82°F could be the difference between life and death.

With a $5 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development, Professor of Plant Nutrition Jonathan Lynch believes he can build a better bean.

College of Ag Sciences researchers team up with the intestinal bacteria in mice to battle the bulge.

Daily temperature variation has a greater effect than average monthly temperature on identifying risk of malaria infection.

According to a team of college entomologists, biopesticides might provide an effective way to control bed bugs.

Researchers in the college are investigating ways to create sustainable cropping systems for high-value organic livestock feed and forage.

Collaborative research between college veterinarians and electrical engineers at Penn State could speed up the process of identifying damaged or diseased tissue.

The Northeast could help lead the way to a renewable-energy-based economy by growing energy crops on marginal and abandoned land.

Two researchers in the college have been awarded a grant through the Grand Challenges Explorations program, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Out of more than 250 graduate students who competed at Penn State’s 27th Graduate Exhibition, nine graduate students in programs offered or co-sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences were among 46 recognized with awards.

Supercritical carbon dioxide is a unique type of phase-change fluid that has special diffuse capabilities with unique liquid properties, including high solvency.

A parasite that fights the zombie-ant fungus has yielded some of its secrets to an international research team led by Penn State’s David Hughes.

Sandeep Prabhu and Robert Paulson think a compound produced from fish oil that appears to target leukemia stem cells could lead to a cure for the disease.