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Advanced Agricultural and Food Systems

Transforming thinking and practice in agricultural and food systems through research focused on productivity, sustainability, and adaptability.

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Food is critical to sustain life, but rather than simply producing more food for a growing world population, it is imperative that we also produce better foods that increase production efficiencies while using fewer resources.

Agricultural systems must also adapt to a changing climate. Consequently, researchers in the college are investigating the ways in which climate change will affect local weather and resulting land use. These scientists are particularly interested in examining the issue of global climate change at scales from large to regional and how information can be shared across these different scales.

Research Expertise

Strategies

  • Adapt agricultural practices in light of an increasingly urban population and intensified pressure on agricultural land conversion.
  • Balance the combined needs for energy and food with uncertain availability of water resources and global climate change.
  • Understand how field-scale changes in conservation practices or waste handling influence water quality.
  • Explore how landscape heterogeneity influences floristic diversity and associated beneficial insects.
  • Identify the microorganisms that are active in various environments and how their actions affect those ecosystems.

News

Invent Penn State’s Fund for Innovation awards $75,000 to Persea Naturals
May 5, 2017
A team of food science researchers from Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences are launching a promising new venture to produce a line of all-natural, vibrant food colors, dubbed AvoColor, using a compound derived from the seed of the avocado.
Researchers aim to eliminate malaria in Southeast Asia
April 24, 2017
Researchers at Penn State have received more than $1 million in first-year funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate malaria transmission in Southeast Asia with a goal of working toward the disease's elimination in the region. They will receive up to approximately $9 million over seven years for this project.
Researchers recruiting citizen-scientists for 'Great Pumpkin Project'
April 24, 2017
A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is reaching out to Master Gardeners, teachers, students and other interested parties to participate in a citizen-science project that ultimately could benefit growers, crops, pollinators and the environment. "The Great Pumpkin Project" is aimed at describing the geographic distribution of important crop plants and the insects and microbes with which they interact.