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Fungus gnats can zero in on the aroma of a particular fungus in a heap of compost. They also have a voracious appetite for the tender mushrooms that contribute $2 billion to Pennsylvania's economy each year. Entomology grad student Kevin Cloonan is developing ways to turn their exquisite sense of smell against them.
The Student Farm at Penn State will host a free fall harvest festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 with live music, farm tours, hands-on activities, demonstrations and farm-fresh food samples.
All undergraduate students are invited to attend the annual College Fair, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 31 on the HUB lawn. The event will provide new students with information on majors and academic advising.
Penn State Extension has published the newly updated Master Gardener Manual, an expansive guide containing a comprehensive inventory of gardening and landscape-management topics for home gardeners, students and professionals. The nearly 800-page guide leads readers through the basics of plant classification, propagation, plant culture, harvesting and problem-solving.
Chocolate chirpies. Cricket cookies. Super-insect trail mix. Tune up your taste buds for these treats and more at Penn State's 2016 Great Insect Fair, set for Sept. 10 at the Snider Agricultural Arena at University Park.
Jeffrey A. Conrad has given $105,000 to create an endowed scholarship for students from Juniata County, Pennsylvania, who intend to major in the agricultural sciences or in business at Penn State.
Charles “Chuck” Krueger and his wife, Ellen Krueger, of Mesa, Arizona, have donated $50,000 to benefit the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State’s undergraduate research programs.
More than 40 faculty and staff members from eight colleges and four campuses came together Aug. 16-17 at University Park for the fourth annual ENTI Minor Faculty and Friends Summer Gathering. ENTI is Penn State’s Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
The findings of the Upper Green River Basin disposal pit emission study and their relevance to air quality impacts from Pennsylvania's shale gas industry will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Aug. 25.
Farmstead and artisan dairy processors and others interested in cheese are invited to take a short course presented by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences in which they can learn about the ingredients and processes used to make specialty cheese.
Researchers from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the Center for Environmental Informatics are collaborating on a tool to assist farmers and researchers in monitoring and gathering pest data.
Though she graduated this past May with a degree in animal science, Caitlyn Pool’s education began years ago, at home with her father as her teacher.
Two student teams representing Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences placed high in recent national food product competitions.
One glance at a commercial orchard today and you realize these aren't your grandfather's apple trees. Long gone are the 40-foot-high, widely spaced, gnarled and spindly trees of the past. They have been replaced by squat, tightly planted trees loaded with low-hanging fruit.
Events at various Penn State locations are greeting new graduate students and welcoming back current students for the fall semester.
Lehigh County Cooperative Extension celebrates its first agent, Alvin Hacker, whose grandson still has ties to Penn State.
Carolee Bull, head of the Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology Department, and her husband Jean-Philippe Fillettaz, have made a pledge to match donations up to $25,000 to support strategic initiatives in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology within the Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
With the countdown to the start of the fall semester well underway, more than 1,200 members of Penn State’s class of 2020 have already mastered the lay of the land after participating in the Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP).
Late summer is a critical time for corn and soybean growers to control the spread of invasive Palmer amaranth and waterhemp, which pose a serious threat to crop yields. But these weeds have developed resistance to commonly used herbicides, according to extension specialists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who will be available to offer advice and information to growers at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 16-18.
When Dennis Brett decided to keep his first block of wood, World War II had just ended and Harry Truman was president. By comparison, Penn State's modest wood collection, which has been enhanced as a result of Brett's generosity, was already about 40 years old by that time.