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Bumble bees have discriminating palettes when it comes to their pollen meals, according to researchers at Penn State. The researchers found that bumble bees can detect the nutritional quality of pollen, and that this ability helps them selectively forage among plant species to optimize their diets.
Virtually all cases of cervical cancer are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S., but fewer than 40 percent of adolescent girls have received the three-dose vaccine developed a decade ago. Penn State researchers are among the first to examine health care access in adolescent girls in rural and urban areas and how it affects HPV vaccination rates.
Gender researchers from around the world converged at Penn State in June to discuss the importance of incorporating gender concepts into international agricultural research. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences' Gender, Agriculture and Environment Initiative, the events kicked off with a symposium, followed by a three-week series of workshops funded by a two-year grant from the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research.
Invasive insects and pathogens could be a multi-billion- dollar threat to global agriculture and developing countries may be the biggest target, according to a team of international researchers.
Penn State is not only a Land-Grant university, but also a Space Grant, Sun Grant and Sea Grant university. There is only one other university in the country that can claim all of these designations, which signal a university’s ability to receive federal funding for research projects that benefit the larger community.
New climate-control technologies in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences' greenhouses are helping Scott DiLoreto, greenhouse operations manager, care for plants and save energy.
Many people struggle to find ways to incorporate vegetables into their diets. To help individuals and families add healthy flavor, texture and color to their meals, Penn State Extension has released the "Totally Veggies Resource Guide."
The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, a Penn State applied research center that focuses on enhancing the health and well-being of military service members and their families, has been recognized for its community impact by a national higher education organization.
Researchers from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Ohio University have co-authored a new book, titled “The Rise of Women Farmers and Sustainable Agriculture.” The book examines a recent cultural shift in agriculture, marked by an unprecedented number of women who have entered into farming.
Deanna Behring, director of international programs in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received a distinguished service award from the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development.
When trade organizations representing the chocolate industry created an endowment in 1986 to support Penn State research on Theobroma cacao -- the cocoa tree -- the use of biotechnology to improve plants was still in its infancy. Now, three decades later, the endowment has grown, and along with it the scientific knowledge that is helping to promote economic security for cocoa farmers in developing countries and to ensure a reliable supply of the raw material needed to manufacture one of the world's favorite delicacies.
Changes to the nutrition facts label on foods just approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration don't kick in for two years, but that shouldn't stop people from using the existing label to eat smarter now, according to a nutritionist with Penn State Extension.
The National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation recently awarded grants totaling more than $2 million to research teams led by David Hughes, assistant professor of entomology and biology, to study microbes in the genus Ophiocordyceps -- known as "zombie-ant" fungi -- and how they precisely manipulate the behavior of their ant hosts.
In a monthly feature, Penn State’s Office of Strategic Communications will feature national and international news coverage of the work and expertise of Penn State’s faculty, students and staff.
Sara Prizzi, a senior environmental resource management major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, spent seven weeks in Iceland last summer taking classes, conducting research and learning the Icelandic language.
The Arboretum at Penn State will host the public opening of its first-ever seasonal art display -- Sculptures in Steel, a solo exhibition by Robert Anderson -- on Saturday, June 4. Anderson, creator of the popular garden kaleidoscope in the Arboretum's Childhood's Gate Children's Garden, will display a collection of his larger works in five locations throughout the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens through Oct. 23.
Penn State Extension's Dining with Diabetes program recently was named an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, a national organization certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Dining with Diabetes is the first extension-based program in the country to receive national accreditation.
Key policy concerns related to hydraulic fracturing will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on June 7.
What do farms, feminism and the future all have in common? Hattie Henderson knows the answer. With her interests in incorporating new techniques in the farm industry, she is changing what it means to be a female farmer.
Ten posters were awarded first prize in various categories during Energy Days 2016, held May 19-20 on the University Park Campus. The winning posters, as well as all posters from Energy Days, are viewable online.