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April 19, 2017

"When they look back on their parents and grandparents, it feels like their generation is doing worse," says Shannon Monnat, assistant professor of rural sociology and demography, who has studied factors contributing to the country's opioid epidemic.

April 19, 2017

Melanie Miller-Foster, assistant professor of international agriculture, and Daniel Foster, associate professor of agricultural and extension education, discuss the use of virtual reality technology in the classroom.

April 19, 2017

Interest in both farm shares and farm markets has been either stagnant or down statewide, partly because of competition from more retail outlets selling local food, says Brian Moyer, extension program assistant who focuses on direct-to-consumer marketing.

April 19, 2017

Margaret Brittingham, professor of forest resources, and Lillie Langlois, doctoral candidate in wildlife and fisheries science, explain their research examining forest fragmentation caused by natural-gas development.

April 19, 2017

Susan Hyland, consumer horticulture program assistant and Master Gardener coordinator in Schuylkill County, comments on the life cycle and behavior of ticks.

April 17, 2017

This article describes the research of Yinong Yang, professor of plant pathology, who developed the first CRISPR gene-edited crop plant -- a nonbrowning mushroom -- deemed to require no oversight under USDA's GMO regulations.

April 17, 2017

Jim Schupp, professor of pomology and director of the Fruit Research and Extension Center, says droughts in recent years help explain why apple growers increasingly are realizing the value or irrigation.

April 16, 2017

Mehmet Ali Doke, a doctoral candidate in entomology, says honey bee colonies are competing hard for food sources as they emerge from winter hibernation.

April 16, 2017

Walt Whitmer, senior extension associate in community and economic development, discusses how identifying local economic trends and assets can help communities capitalize on opportunities.

April 15, 2017

Hayly Hoch, Student Farm co-director and plant sciences major, talks about the success of the farm during its first year in operation.

April 14, 2017

"That's not going to fly," says Christina Grozinger, distinguished professor of entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research, about an effort to develop tiny, insect-sized drones to replace honey bees and other pollinators.

April 14, 2017

This article mentions that "the most widely discussed food produced using gene editing today" is a nonbrowning mushroom developed using CRISPR/Cas9 technology by Yinong Yang, professor of plant pathology.

April 14, 2017

Gregory Martin, poultry science extension educator, says displays of live chicks in farm stores during the Easter season serve as potential sources of avian flu.

April 13, 2017

Extension specialist Dennis Murphy, Nationwide Insurance Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, comments on research to make tractors safer and other farm-safety issues.

April 13, 2017

A Q&A with Jonathan Lynch, distinguished professor of plant nutrition, whose research focuses on root traits that help plants survive and thrive in drought and low-fertility soils.

April 13, 2017

An article about a Penn State turfgrass program alumnus who was named superintendent of the golf course at renowned Oakmont Country Club, which will host its record 10th U.S. Open tournament in 2025.

April 13, 2017

Matt Royer, director of the Ag and Environment Center, discusses initiatives emerging from a recent conference aimed at engaging farmers as leading stewards of water quality.

April 13, 2017

Jean Lonie, director of student recruitment and activities, and several students are quoted in this coverage of the college's annual Penn State Ag Day event.

April 11, 2017

The tongue has 25 different bitter receptors that detect thousands of bitter taste molecules, making it difficult to develop a "bitter blocker" food ingredient that would enable a reduction in added sugar, says John Coupland, professor of food science.

April 11, 2017

John Coupland, professor of food science, comments on research by food companies to restructure sugar molecules in an effort to reduce the amount of added sugar in foods.

April 9, 2017

A story highlighting the appointment of alumnus Steven Loerch as the college's senior associate dean.

April 7, 2017

Plant Science graduate Hunter Swisher discusses the product he developed, Phospholutions, that binds fertilizer in the soil until plants can use it, which helps to protect water quality.

April 7, 2017

The Strengthening Families program helps parents and youths to solve problems by opening lines of communication, says Jennifer Deichert, 4-H extension educator.

April 5, 2017

Kirby Eavey, a senior animal science major and Block and Bridle Club member, describes how the club works to provide blood meals to the Philadelphia Zoo's bats.

April 5, 2017

Tim Abbey, horticulture extension educator, discusses an "uptick" in Lyme disease in the capital region of Pennsylvania.

March 31, 2017

In a story that also appeared in WebMD, United Press International and other outlets, entomology researcher Nina Jenkins talks about her bed bug biopesticide and how it could overcome insecticide resistance.

March 29, 2017

In a story that also appeared in the Allentown Morning Call and other newspapers (via A.P.), extension educators Emelie Swackhammer and Bob Pollock talk about the spread of the spotted lanternfly and the potential damage it can cause.

March 29, 2017

Humans have lower body temperatures than chickens, and eggs that are incubated under low temperatures typically grow abnormally or die, says Mike Hulet, associate professor of poultry science.

March 28, 2017

Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology, explains the role that acorns and other mast play in boosting populations of deer and mice, the most common hosts for the ticks that carry Lyme disease.