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

Mending the Gap
May 15, 2018
It’s such a simple gesture, a hand reaching out to stroke a cheek. Between friends and loved ones, it conveys caring, trust, tenderness. Between people who met just a few hours ago and who think they don’t have much in common, it can feel scary, threatening, too intimate.
Penn State Master Gardener programs promote pollinator populations
May 15, 2018
When it comes to the importance of bees, Connie Schmotzer does not mince words.
Altered body odor indicates malaria even if microscope doesn't
May 15, 2018
Typhoid Mary may have infected a hundred or more people, but asymptomatic carriers of malaria infect far more people every year through mosquito vectors. An international team of researchers is working toward a way to identify malaria patients including infected individuals who show no malaria symptoms through mosquito vectors.

Upcoming Events

Pennsylvania Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians 79th Annual Meeting
When: May 21-22, 2018
Where: The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
Energy Days
When: May 30-31, 2018
Where: The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
AIARD Future Leaders Forum
When: June 3-5, 2018
Where: Washington, D.C.
CATS IRB - System Overview Training via Zoom
When: June 4, 2018
Where: ZOOM