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Differences in bean plant growth observed by researchers were striking. In the phosphorus stress treatment, the genotypes with greater reduction of their secondary root growth had increased root length, took up more phosphorus, and had larger shoots than genotypes with greater secondary root growth, which had thicker, less efficient roots.
January 18, 2018

Bean plants that suppress secondary root growth in favor of boosting primary root growth forage greater soil volume to acquire phosphorus, according to Penn State researchers, who say their recent findings have implications for plant breeders and improving crop productivity in nutrient-poor soils.

Jonathan Duncan, assistant professor of hydrology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.
January 16, 2018

Jonathan Duncan recently joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as an assistant professor of hydrology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Registration will open in February for We Are Weekend, the Alumni Association’s premier summer event that’s scheduled for June 1–3.
January 15, 2018

Registration will open in February for We Are Weekend, the Alumni Association’s premier summer event that’s scheduled for June 1-3.

Glass sculptures depict the malaria-causing parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.
January 8, 2018

Manuel Llinás, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Jason Rasgon, professor of entomology and disease epidemiology, have participated in the formulation of an updated research agenda for global malaria elimination and eradication.

January 5, 2018

Research involved in determining possible underground storage potential for natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

"Ethics of Climate Change," a course being offered during the spring 2018 semester, allows students to explore climate change from a scientific, political, economic, social, and moral perspective.
January 5, 2018

“Ethics of Climate Change," a new interdomain course being offered at University Park this spring, seeks to introduce students to the science, policy and ethics of climate change.

Artist's conception of crystals of the mineral olivine, floating in space near a brown dwarf star. Such crystals are thought to help seed the formation of planets. The CyberLAMP computer cluster at Penn State's new data center enables astronomers to develop and test sophisticated models of how planets are formed.
January 4, 2018

Penn State's new data center gives researchers the ability to tackle complex questions that range from detecting subatomic particles, to understanding how planets form, to anticipating how natural disasters and more gradual changes in natural systems will affect human systems such as water supply and food production.

January 3, 2018

What local communities can do to assist the more than 3 million Pennsylvania residents served by private wells and springs to have potable drinking water for their homes and farms will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

The Penn State Summit on the Opioid Epidemic will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, at 122 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus.
January 2, 2018

The Penn State Summit on the Opioid Epidemic will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, at 122 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus. Registration ends on Jan. 4.

December 20, 2017

Global Programs' fall 2017 travel grants have been awarded in three grant categories: Faculty Travel Grants, Transformational Travel Grants, and Graduate Student Travel Grants. Based on the review committees’ evaluations and recommendations, 30 applicants were selected for funding support. The awardees will travel to 19 countries on 4 continents. Congratulations!

Students speak with Gov. Tom Wolf at the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences exhibit during the 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
December 19, 2017

Those interested in home gardening, preserving their own food and protecting water quality in their region will have an opportunity to learn more about these topics by visiting the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences exhibit at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 6-13 in Harrisburg. Other college-related displays and activities will highlight 4-H youth-development programs offered statewide through Penn State Extension.

Fourth generation dairy farmer Philip Dean is shown alongside automatic takeoffs, which he received with help from AgrAbility.
December 19, 2017

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has been awarded funding from the U.S Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture for programs to help prevent fatalities and serious injuries associated with farming and to provide assistance to individuals farming with disabilities.

Penn State researcher Michael Jacobson surveyed small-holder farmers in villages across four counties in Kenya about their willingness to grow croton trees. He asked them such things as how many trees they have, whether they would be willing to plant more, and whether they would gather the nuts and provide them to a biofuel-making company at collection points and, if so, at what price.
December 19, 2017

Small-holder farmers in Kenya have the capacity and desire to play a major role in the scale-up of biofuel production from agroforestry, according to a Penn State forest economist, who led a study in the East African country.

December 15, 2017

The Office of the Board of Trustees at Penn State is seeking agricultural associations and organizations interested in participating in the Board of Trustees' election process.

December 15, 2017

The Penn State Grape and Wine Team supports the growing grape and wine industry through cutting-edge research and outreach that addresses grape and wine production and quality challenges, with particular emphasis on Pennsylvania and the eastern United States.

Jesse Darlington Jr. has been named manager of Ag Progress Days.
December 15, 2017

Jesse Darlington Jr., who has served as interim manager of Penn State's Ag Progress Days exposition since November 2016, has been named to the position on a standing basis.

Catherine Cutter, professor of food science and assistant director of food safety and quality programs for Penn State Extension, talks to Armenien students. She believes internationalization of the state university extension system, which has been vital to establishing food safety in the United States, would greatly benefit the world.
December 14, 2017

Food safety practices that Americans take for granted — washing hands with soap, refrigeration, and not cutting raw meat and vegetables on the same surface without disinfection — are not widely practiced in other places around the world, and researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences want to change that.

December 14, 2017

Five Penn State faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

December 13, 2017

Over a week during the Thanksgiving break, students enrolled in "Global perspectives on agricultural and food science in India" traveled to the city of Hyderabad to explore the food system in India while learning about the role that agriculture plays in the country's booming economy.

Uncle Charley's Sausage Co. relies on Penn State Extension for help with food safety, as well as research and development of new products.
December 12, 2017

Penn State Extension specialists work with numerous food manufacturers — small and large — in Pennsylvania and surrounding states through online and on-site seminars covering commercial food safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and many other topics. Among the companies they recently have worked with is Uncle Charley's Sausage Co.