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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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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.
Penn State forest economist helping to propel African croton biofuel effort
February 24, 2017
Africa and agroforestry -- defined as agriculture that incorporates the cultivation and conservation of trees -- are in Penn State professor Michael Jacobson's blood, and the combination has helped shape his career. In turn, the forest economist has played an important role in launching a tree-based biofuel initiative that has major implications for the continent and its millions of subsistence farmers.