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Multiflora rose is one of the best -- or worst -- and most visible, examples of an invasive plant thriving in Pennsylvania's landscape. But for better or worse, a disease increasingly is infecting and killing the thick stands across the state.
In order to promote open access to research data, many funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), require that research data generated by publicly-funded projects be made publicly available. In addition, some journals require authors to make materials, data and associated protocols promptly available to readers as a condition of publication. Researchers can now more easily comply with these policies by utilizing the services of Penn State’s Data Commons.
Four research projects with high potential for technology commercialization have received grants through a Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences program designed to spur innovation. The college's Research Applications for Innovation Grants -- known as RAIN Grants -- provide financial support that enables researchers in the college to realize the commercial potential of ongoing research projects.
Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar providing guidance for municipalities on a form-based code approach to development at noon on Sept. 18 .
Jonathan Laughner, an extension educator based in Beaver County, has been named district director for Penn State Extension's District 1, which encompasses Erie, Crawford and Mercer counties in northwestern Pennsylvania. The appointment is effective immediately.
According to the latest estimates, Australia has more wild hogs than human beings, perhaps more than 23 million. No one is certain how many wild hogs roam Pennsylvania -- mostly escapees from commercial hog-hunting preserves and their offspring. But both commonwealths need to control and perhaps eliminate feral pigs, which are a highly destructive species, according to Theodore Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Some symbiotic bacteria living inside Colorado potato beetles can trick plants into reacting to a microbial attack rather than that of a chewing herbivore, according to a team of Penn State researchers who found that the beetles with bacteria were healthier and grew better.
The volume of natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale formation will be the subject of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
At just 4 years old, Samantha Fanelli had a passion for helping animals. In high school, she knew she wanted to go to veterinary school, so she decided Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences was the perfect place to prepare, with its hands-on, well-rounded scientific programs. As an incoming freshman, she encountered a variety of opportunities that would open doors for her as a veterinary and biomedical sciences major.
Children in afterschool programs who have a sense of connectedness with their peers are less likely to report emotional problems, according to Penn State researchers. Children exhibited fewer behavior problems if they perceived their peers were willing to encourage them to behave well.
An ongoing project by students in the College of Engineering's Humanitarian and Social Entrepreneurship program is helping Africans move beyond subsistence farming by developing affordable, inexpensive greenhouses.
During the fall semester, Saturdays are big days for Penn State junior Jennifer Chelko. As a majorette in the Blue Band, she has embraced her role on the squad while pursuing a keen interest in toxicology and other sciences.
Continuing research on Salmonella may enable researchers to identify and track strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria as they evolve and spread, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
The Environmental Microbiology Symposium, hosted by the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 in Thomas 100.
Paul Heinemann, professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Penn State, has been named a Fellow by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The society recognized him "for his outstanding contributions in teaching, advising and administration, and for research in specialty crop production efficiency."
Those interested in woodlands, trees, wildlife and other aspects of nature will come together next month on Penn State's University Park campus for Pennsylvania Forest Fest, a celebration of the state's vast forestlands. The free public event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, in and around the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, part of The Arboretum at Penn State, on the corner of Bigler Road and Park Avenue.
Penn State's Dairy Science Club received national recognition when it was named the Outstanding Chapter at the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA)/American Society of Animal Science Student Affiliate Division annual meetings July 8 to 12 in Indianapolis. The award is based on an annual report of chapter activities, participation in the ADSA Student Affiliate Division, club publications and website.
Students from Penn State's Department of Animal Science captured first place in the national academic Quadrathlon held as part of the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association and the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) on July 8 to 12 in Indianapolis. It is the second year for the competition, which is designed to be a comprehensive academic overview of the animal sciences; Penn State won the opportunity to represent the northeastern region both years, and won the quiz bowl portion of the first contest last year.
Whether you picked a basket of tomatoes from your own garden or purchased a peck of cucumbers from your favorite farm stand, you can continue to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year by properly preserving them.
Water use by the Marcellus Shale gas industry in Pennsylvania and West Virginia will be the subject of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.