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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.
 

Faculty are especially interested in investigating the economic viability and competitiveness of various products, the political implications of the use of various products, supply-chain issues related to various products and ways to promote entrepreneurship among members of the college, including students.

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Natural Bedbug Killer
Microbiologists are using a fungus to wipe out bedbugs.

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Research focuses on reclaiming strip-mine sites for biofuel crop production
May 26, 2017
Marvin Hall, a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is currently working a project to bring highly productive life back to damaged land by planting a crop — switchgrass — that can be used as an alternative fuel source.
Bedbugs beware: New research may beat back bedbug epidemic
March 24, 2017
A new biopesticide developed by Penn State scientists has the potential to turn the bedbug control market on its ear, thanks to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem taking root at Penn State that’s helping to push crucial discoveries out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.
Energy crop production on conservation lands may not boost greenhouse gases
March 15, 2017
Growing sustainable energy crops without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, may be possible on seasonally wet, environmentally sensitive landscapes, according to researchers who conducted a study on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land.