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Discovery Day - Research Briefs

Our research changes each year, but click here to learn more about a few of the recent projects that have been conducted at SEAREC.

Working Toward the Development of a Research-based Integrated Pest Management Program

Cost-effective production and marketing of tomato and pepper crops

Horticulture trial gardens have a long history at Penn State. The first flower trial was opened in 1933 at University Park to test seed-grown bedding plants.

We are looking at 11 of the latest varieties of cucumbers for production characteristics, flavor and shelf life

Evaluation of over eighty pollinator-rewarding flowering perennial plants

Demonstration of a forested riparian stream buffer

Collaborative networks to provide advance warning of annually re-invasive migrants, and sustaining IPM programs when disrupted by invasive species with phenology models and trap crop management

Identifying forage varieties that produce high yield and high quality in Pennsylvania’s diverse environment

To learn more about the biology of pokeweed and how it behaves so we can better time control tactics

Research addressing the time interval required between the application of animal manure, to agricultural lands, and the harvesting of produce crops from these manure-amended soils

Understanding the influence of crop management practices on invertebrate pest populations so we can decrease the risk posed by pests or even improve the resiliency of crops so they can actually fend for themselves better if they do get invaded.

Investigating the "true" costs of producing tomatoes and bell peppers in high tunnels

The purpose of this program is to trial vegetables that are promoted as compact or container-bred and develop recommendations for gardeners.

Cucumber varieties in this program are being evaluated for marketable yield, market ability and flavor.

The overall objective of this program is to identify tomato cultivars that have promise as successful fresh market varieties for Pennsylvania.