A Commitment to Scientific Discovery and Solutions

Scientists in the College of Agricultural Sciences are seeking solutions to the agricultural and ecological problems of our time by conducting basic and applied research focusing on cross-cutting thematic areas.

Advanced Agricultural and Food Systems
Transforming thinking and practice in agricultural and food systems through research focused on productivity, sustainability, and adaptability.
Biologically-Based Materials and Products
Discovering novel approaches using genetic systems and biological materials to create value-added commercial and consumer products in a sustainable, profitable manner.
Community Resilience and Capacity
Helping communities improve their economic resilience, create sustainable infrastructures, and promote their local economy through value-added opportunities and new business development.
Environmental Resilience
Providing innovative research to enhance and protect managed and natural ecosystems, ecosystem services and human well-being.
Global Engagement
Advancing global solutions to challenges in agriculture, health and sustainability that impact the future of an interconnected world.
Integrated Health Solutions
Improving the health of humans, animals, and communities through research into preventative, corrective, diagnostic, and predictive solutions to the challenges presented by lifestyle, diseases, pests, and toxins.

Research News

Researchers aim to develop best practices for organic beekeeping industry
November 17, 2017
A nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will support Penn State researchers in determining best management practices for organic beekeeping by comparing organic and chemical-free to conventional management systems.
Penn State food safety expert offers tips on safe handling of holiday leftovers
November 17, 2017
One of the great things about an abundant Thanksgiving meal is the opportunity to enjoy it a second, third or even fourth time — for many, leftovers are as much of a holiday tradition as the feast itself.
Major gifts benefit College of Ag Sciences entrepreneurship and innovation
November 13, 2017
The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences today (Nov. 10) announced two $1 million gifts to endow positions in its Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I) Program. Both gifts have received matching funds from the University.

Upcoming Events

Tracking the Evolution of a Plant Invasion Through Time and Space
When: November 27, 2017
Where: 108 Watrik Lab
Genetic Diversity and Pathogenicity of Sorghum-Associated Fusarium spp.
When: November 27, 2017
Where: 107 Wartik Lab
Nutrient fluxes in urban watersheds: Insights from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study
When: November 27, 2017
Where: 107 Forest Resources Bldg.
Attenuating Virulence in Enteric Pathogens Using Phytochemicals
When: November 29, 2017
Where: W201 Millennium Science Complex