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Introduced to the market in the 1990s, the flesh of Honeycrisp is crunchier than other apples — and the snap from a bite releases a burst of flavor that makes consumers prefer them over other kinds of apples. However, that quality comes at a price because the variety is extremely susceptible to bitter pit, a disease that is induced in the fruit by a calcium deficiency.
October 19, 2017

A test to determine whether bitter pit — a disorder that blindsides apple growers by showing up weeks or months after picking — will develop in stored Honeycrisp apples was developed by a team of Penn State researchers, promising to potentially save millions of dollars annually in wasted fruit.

From left, fellows Jhony Armando Benavides Bolaños, Lina Marcela Tami Barrera, Alejandro Gil Aguirre and Johann Shocker Restrepo Rubio arrived at Penn State in fall of 2017 as participants in    Cacao for Peace   , a project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Foreign Agriculture Service and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
October 19, 2017

Four new Fulbright Scholars, who arrived at the College of Agricultural Sciences in August, are looking to economics, sociology, and soil and plant science research for ways to put Colombia at the forefront of the world's cacao production. Under the guidance of faculty at Penn State, they will attempt to tackle some of the country's most pervasive issues, from education to production challenges and corruption.

Tailgate Ambassadors work to educate tailgaters about the proper sorting of waste and to enhance the tailgating experience by providing tailgaters with recycling and trash bags they need.
October 18, 2017

This Saturday, Penn State will host the Michigan Wolverines in one of the most anticipated football match-ups of the season. While the football team and tailgaters prep for the big game, the Tailgate Ambassadors also are preparing to meet an important challenge.

Marvin Hall, professor of forage management
October 18, 2017

Marvin Hall, professor of forage management in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was lauded by his alma mater, Bluffton University.

October 18, 2017

Drug overdoses from prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids have increased by 20 percent since 2015, killing some 64,000 Americans last year. In response, social science researchers at Penn State are leading initiatives to combat the increasing rates of illicit drug use.

October 13, 2017

Is your farm in compliance with food safety standards? The Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule states: “At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.”

The researchers suggest that cruciferous vegetables — such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage — contain an organic chemical compound called indole glucosinolates, which breaks down into other compounds, including indolocarbazole — ICZ — in the stomach.
October 13, 2017

Cruciferous vegetables -- such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage -- may help trigger a receptor in the gut that can improve gut function. In a study on mice, eating broccoli led to a better ability to withstand digestive irritants. The researchers also suggest that the mechanism might improve barrier function -- keeping nutrients in and toxins out of the intestinal lining -- and that could limit the damage of inflammation.

October 13, 2017

How municipalities can utilize municipal tree commissions and subsequent ordinances to support community development pertaining to open space in the community will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

University leaders are renewing their plea to Penn Staters and others, asking them to urge Pennsylvania legislators to release the University's state funds.
October 12, 2017

University leaders are renewing their plea to Penn Staters and others, asking them to urge Pennsylvania legislators to release the University's state funds. Without critical state funding, Penn State would be forced to make "dramatic cuts and raise tuition, perhaps even for the upcoming spring semester."

October 10, 2017

This year, two graduate students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Ilse Huerta and Celize Christy, will represent the University at World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 18-20.

October 9, 2017

Five new faculty members have joined the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State's new Center for Security Research and Education will support and promote the University’s research, teaching and public outreach programs related to security, with scholars from diverse disciplines pursuing interdisciplinary research and solutions to contemporary security challenges.
October 9, 2017

Penn State has announced the creation of a new center designed to bring together the University’s many strengths in all aspects of national, homeland and global security. The new Center for Security Research and Education incorporates 10 Penn State colleges, schools and research units to focus a broad range of academic endeavor on society’s most critical threats.

For part of her research on nutrition in Bangladesh, Emily Seiger sat in on 50 interviews with the mothers involved with the food safety study. The mothers were asked about hand-washing techniques, food storage, and their child’s eating habits outside of the home. 
October 9, 2017

Emily Seiger, a community, environment and development major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is gaining insight into problems related to food safety, hygiene and food security around the world.

The Ag Advocate program is composed of a group of Penn State undergraduates in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Advocates are selected based on high academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, interviews and faculty recommendations. There are eight new and 18 returning Ag Advocates for the 2017-2018 academic year.
October 6, 2017

An elite group of undergraduate students -- known as Ag Advocates -- serve as ambassadors for Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, building positive relationships with students, alumni and industry professionals.

October 5, 2017

Agribusiness management major Kayli Kumanchik found the internship she wanted with Land O' Lakes, Inc., after meeting with representatives at Ag Sciences Career Day in 2016. This year's event will take place on Oct. 10 in the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus of Penn State.

Students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, later this month to attend the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue, one of the events planned during the annual World Food Prize International Symposium. Seated, from left, are Ilse Huerta and Celize Christy. Standing are Maddy Nyblade and Emily Seiger. Missing from photo is Haley Stauffer.
October 5, 2017

Five students enrolled in College of Agricultural Sciences programs will represent Penn State at the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue, one of the events planned during the annual World Food Prize International Symposium.

October 4, 2017

What is liquefied natural gas, or LNG, and how is it made? What are its benefits compared to other energy sources? How is it transported, stored and consumed? And what are the markets for LNG? Those questions and more will be answered during a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

Planning and leading educational outreach is a cornerstone of a graduate program in pollinator ecology offered through Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research.
October 4, 2017

A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will enhance an innovative Penn State graduate training program in entomology and ecology aimed at helping to solve the multifaceted problem of pollinator decline.

Visitors at the Arboretum's 2016 Pumpkin Festival view lighted jack-o'-lanterns.
October 3, 2017

Creative pumpkin carvers will craft scores of imaginative jack-o'-lanterns and compete for ribbons as The Arboretum at Penn State hosts its annual Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 8 and Oct. 13-14. Festivities will take place in the Arboretum's H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, at the corner of Bigler Road and Park Avenue on the University Park campus. Admission is free.

Projected temperature changes, with hotter nights and fewer cold days, may reduce maintenance costs for producers of beef cattle such as these Black Angus in the Northeast. More forage availability may increase grazing days in the region and boost the relevance of the beef cattle industry.
October 3, 2017

Climate change will not significantly impair animal agriculture in the Northeast region of the United States, according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers, who point out there are many variables in the future scenario they envision.