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

Coming to a garden near you: An award-winning, Penn State-bred tomato variety
March 15, 2018
Valentine's Day may have passed for this year, but if you're in love with sweet, firm, antioxidant-rich — and award- winning — tomatoes that will perform well in your garden this season, you're in luck, thanks to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
No such thing as 'uncured' corned beef, Penn State meat expert says
March 15, 2018
Millions of Americans will celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday this month with a "traditional" meal of corned beef and cabbage — but most won't pause to consider what makes the meat so distinctive or how it ended up being a tradition.
Infected 'zombie ants' face no discrimination from nest mates
March 15, 2018
Carpenter ants infected with a specialized parasitic fungus are not subjected to aggression or isolation from their nest mates, and they continue to share in the colony's food resources until they leave the nest for the last time to die, according to a study led by Penn State researchers.