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The term umami was coined in 1908 by Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda, who identified the chemical basis for the flavor. The taste itself "is the meaty, brothy, savory sensation we perceive from certain amino acids."
Pennsylvania's large forest-products industry will be showcased during the 2015 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, June 5-6 at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs. Known as Timber 2015, the biennial trade exposition is hosted by the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association. Parking and admission are free.
Accounting for wildfire is essential in achieving an accurate and realistic calculation of the carbon payback period associated with converting forest biomass into energy, according to a new study. Researchers said their analysis of carbon-accounting methods is expected to inform the scientific debate about the sustainability of such conversion projects.
Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to researchers at Penn State and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The findings may help scientists develop honey bee treatments that are tailored to specific types of infections.
The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences will collaborate with CRDF Global, an independent nonprofit that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration, to establish the Research and Education Center for Agricultural Technologies in Ukraine. The initiative is supported by $20,000 in seed funding from the Woskob New Century Fund, an endowment that bolsters the University's commitment to fostering connections between Pennsylvania and Ukraine.
John Coupland, professor of food science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected president of the Institute of Food Technologists, the premier scientific and educational society serving the food science and technology field.
Research and art representing a diverse array of colleges and disciplines at Penn State will flood the HUB for the first-ever Water Symposium this Earth Day, April 22. The Water Symposium will bring together a diverse group with specialties not only in water research, but also in arts and architecture, visual arts, and other areas to show Penn State’s commitment to interdisciplinary work.
Thanks to Pennsylvania's strong agricultural industry, state residents enjoy an abundance of fresh, safe, quality foods. It can be easy to take the safety of the food supply for granted, but food companies -- with help from Penn State -- work hard to ensure the products they provide are as safe to consume as they are healthful and delicious.
What we know and what we need to know about food insecurity in the United States will be the topic of the 2015 M.E. John Lecture, presented by Craig Gunderson, the Soybean Industry Endowed Professor in Agricultural Strategy at the University of Illinois. The lecture, sponsored by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will take place at 2:30 p.m. April 7 in the Faculty and Staff Club Room at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Rachel Robbins, a junior in the College of Agricultural Sciences, parlayed her interests in government, history and photography into a rare experience at the White House last semester.
In the most recent institutional rankings released by the National Science Foundation of total research expenditures for science and engineering, Penn State stands second in the nation, behind only Johns Hopkins and tied with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the number of fields in which it is ranked in the top ten.
Katie P. Gaines, a doctoral candidate in ecology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been awarded the 2015 Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award for her dedication to teaching and mentoring K-12 students.
Mark Ballora, a Penn State professor, is using sonification to help University researchers translate their data into musical audio and reach new audiences.
There seems to be a lot of common wisdom that exists when it comes to whitetails, such as, "It's near full moon, so the deer are only moving at night." Or how about, "A cold front is coming, which is why the deer are out feeding."
As agricultural groups and government agencies continue to tackle the vexing problem of nutrient pollution entering waterways, Penn State Extension is hosting an event in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay watershed aimed at helping producers to reduce negative impacts of excess manure nutrients. The 2015 North American Manure Expo will take place July 14-15 near Chambersburg, Franklin County.
Planning for and protecting public and private water supplies will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon on March 18.
An online system created by Penn State Extension dubbed PAOneStop will help Pennsylvania farmers map fields and reduce soil erosion.
Natural-gas liquids, an important byproduct of shale-gas production, will be the topic of a free, Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team, 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 19.
Twelve prominent alumni, 35 years of age and younger, are the latest group of young alumni to be recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award, presented this month by the Penn State Alumni Association.
A novel approach to harness bacteria that could diminish nutrient-laden runoff from agriculture has the potential to support efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay, where water quality improvements have been elusive, research suggests.