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An international team of researchers has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current.
Farming seven acres of land and selling the vegetables at two roadside stands, three grocery stores and a large market may seem like a lot for a student to take on. For Penn State sophomore Alex Cantey, it's business as usual.
How can land-use planners work to enhance community food systems? That will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon on Sept. 17.
The second in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will focus on meat preservation through history.
Students in Michael Sheriff's Conservation Biology class in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will build and install bird and bat boxes to enhance wildlife habitat near a recently restored creek.
The "Seasons of Horticulture" will be the theme of the 101st annual Penn State Horticulture Show, Sept. 27-28.
The Arboretum at Penn State dedicated its new Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden on September 7, and two members of the University community have endowed a fund in support of the educational programs that will complement the Garden’s family-oriented design. The gift from Sandra Parker Hall and Dennis K. Hall, both holders of graduate degrees from The College of Education and long-time State College residents, marks a new phase in the life of the Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden and its mission.
When Lauren Chenarides joined the Penn State-led research project called Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems, she knew she'd be getting a rich experience in food systems research. But Chenarides also did some training herself, teaching a course that immersed 40 Penn State undergraduates in the concepts of food access, food security and regional food systems.
A rash of barn and silo fires in the last week has an extension farm safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences warning farmers to be aware of -- and if necessary take precautions against -- blazes caused by stored crops with high moisture content. This growing season was exceptionally wet, and related problems are beginning to show up with harvested crops, according to Davis Hill, senior extension associate in agricultural safety and health.
The taste of common sugar substitutes is often described as being much more intense than sugar, but participants in a recent study indicated that these non-nutritive sugar substitutes are no sweeter than the real thing, according to Penn State food scientists.
The Sustainable Communities Collaborative (SCC), a collection of Penn State classes, is partnering with the State College Borough this year to promote local sustainability efforts and the relationship between Penn State and the local government. The SCC fall kick-off event is from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the State College Borough building lobby.
Retired long-time faculty member and department head in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences C. Channa Reddy and his wife, Usharani, have given $50,000 to create the C. Channa and Usharani C. Reddy Trustee Scholarship. The scholarship will help students in the college who have demonstrated financial need, with first preference given to immunology and infectious disease majors.
Since graduating in 2008, Brynn Mauser has held a number of jobs, including positions at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the American Association of Meat Processors, but she found her perfect fit at Hubbard Feeds Inc., where she is currently employed as an account manager.
As summer winds down and gardening’s offseason approaches, watering, weeding and harvesting move to the top of the gardening to-do list, presenting new challenges for the month of September. ‘Conversations LIVE: Get Your Garden On!’ will air at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11 on WPSU-TV, WPSU-FM, WQLN-TV in Erie and online at wpsu.org.
Penn State is hosting 22 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2014-15 academic year.
A unique method for delivering compounds that could positively impact the global battle against HIV and AIDS may be possible, thanks to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
A Penn State World Campus student in Ireland will root for Penn State when the Nittany Lions take on the Central Florida Knights Saturday, Aug. 30, in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin. Tim O’Sullivan lives in Killarney in southwestern Ireland, where he works as a superintendent and project manager for Turfgrass Consultancy Ltd. For the past few years, O’Sullivan has been taking courses in the World Campus’s advanced certificate in turfgrass management from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Amanda Forstater, a graduate student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was recently selected for the Upper Division Agricultural Education Scholarship from the National Association of Agricultural Educators.
A parasitic fungus that reproduces by manipulating the behavior of ants emits a cocktail of behavior-controlling chemicals when encountering the brain of its natural target host but not when infecting other ant species, a new study shows. The findings, which suggest that the fungus "knows" its preferred host, provide new insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying this phenomenon, according to researchers.
The study of agricultural sciences can lead to incredible opportunities. Penn State student Nancy Kammerer discovered this firsthand during her recent trip to Jeju, South Korea, for the first International Soil Judging Contest.