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February 16, 2018

Craft chocolate — made with fine flavor cacao beans and valued for its distinctive flavors and high quality — is gaining a fast following, and research underway in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is aimed at helping bean growers and bar makers benefit from this trend.

February 15, 2018

These awards should be used for presenting original research at national or international meetings. Please note that either an oral or poster presentation is required to be eligible for these funds. One travel award per degree is allowed. Awards are limited to $500 for domestic travel and international travel.

February 15, 2018

RAIN is a source of competitive funds for researchers within the College of Agricultural Sciences who are prepared to take the next steps in transitioning technologies generated through their research to commercialization.

February 14, 2018

Estrogens in treated wastewater that find their way into temporary wetlands known as vernal pools persist for weeks or even months, according to researchers, who suggest that persistence may have implications for these critical aquatic habitats.

February 9, 2018

Faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are spearheading an initiative that will provide selected doctoral students with the opportunity for extensive study in the emerging field of agricultural microbiome research.

February 8, 2018

Through the generosity of the Giorgi Mushroom Company, the College of Agricultural Sciences is able to announce the availability of $100,000 in support of mushroom research during the 2018/2019 fiscal year.

February 2, 2018

Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon in plant parts and soil than conventional farming, according to Penn State researchers.

February 2, 2018

In the wake of recent hype in the news and social media about the so-called "Tide pod challenge," an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is reminding people about the dangers of look-alike products in the household.

February 2, 2018

The warming climate is expected to affect coastal regions worldwide as glaciers and ice sheets melt, raising sea level globally. For the first time, an international team has found evidence of how sea-level rise already is affecting high and low tides in both the Chesapeake and Delaware bays, two large estuaries of the eastern United States.

February 2, 2018

The overprescribing of opioid-based painkillers may be the main driver of the increased abuse of opioids in rural America, but new research by Northeast Center Director Stephan Goetz and Meri Davlasheridze (Texas A&M) suggests that other factors, including declining farm income, extreme weather and other natural disasters, may affect a crisis that is killing thousands of citizens and costing the country billions of dollars.

January 31, 2018

The purpose of this award is to recognize graduate students who are excelling in extension educational programming. This may include working with extension educators, specialists, and contributions to extension program development, program delivery, and evaluation, and assisting in Extension workshops/training, etc.

January 22, 2018

Bean plants that suppress secondary root growth in favor of boosting primary root growth forage greater soil volume to acquire phosphorus, according to Penn State researchers, who say their recent findings have implications for plant breeders and improving crop productivity in nutrient-poor soils.

January 9, 2018

Two Penn State researchers have participated in the formulation of a new updated research agenda for global malaria elimination and eradication.

January 9, 2018

Too much of a good thing. That’s the situation many scientists face in this age of Big Data.

January 3, 2018

The opioid epidemic continues to hit Pennsylvania hard. Overdose deaths in the state grew by 37 percent last year, and larger segments of the population are at increasing risk for misuse of opioids and other addictive substances.

January 3, 2018

Twice a year, Global Programs solicits applications for international travel from faculty and graduate students.

January 3, 2018

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has been awarded funding from the U.S Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture for programs to help prevent fatalities and serious injuries associated with farming and to provide assistance to individuals farming with disabilities.

January 3, 2018

Small-holder farmers in Kenya have the capacity and desire to play a major role in the scale-up of biofuel production from agroforestry, according to a Penn State forest economist, who led a study in the East African country

December 18, 2017

Here is something to toast about — Pennsylvania's grape and wine industry pours an estimated $4.8 billion into the state's economy through employment, wine sales, tourism, tax revenue and related avenues, according to the National Association of American Wineries.