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2012

Plant sniffs out danger to prepare defenses against pesky insect
December 18, 2012
A plant may start to prime its defenses as soon as it gets a whiff of a male fly searching for a mate, according to Penn State entomologists.
AgSci Entomology researchers publish results in PNAS
December 17, 2012
Entomology graduate student Anjel Helms, and faculty members Consuelo De Moraes, John Tooker, and Mark Mescher had their findings published in the December 13 issue of PNAS.
Graduate and Undergraduate Research Expo to be held
December 14, 2012
Students involved in agricultural sciences research should mark their calendars for the 19th Annual Graduate and Undergraduate Research Expo, to be held on March 13th and 14th, 2013.
Penn State collaborates to improve ag education in developing world
December 6, 2012
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is part of a $6.2 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at improving food security in the developing world.
Researcher part of international pig genome sequencing
December 6, 2012
An animal scientist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences played a role in the first complete sequencing of the pig genome by an international team of researchers.
Six faculty named Fellows of AAAS
November 29, 2012
Six Penn State faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Research shows managed fire benefits forest carbon sequestration
November 29, 2012
With the current focus on carbon emissions affecting climate change and the critical role forests play in storing the element, a better understanding of the impact that fire has on the global carbon cycle is needed by policymakers, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Zombie Ant Fungus in Scientific American
November 29, 2012
The November 8th issue of Scientific American included an article on the work of Dr. David Hughes, assistant professor of entomology and biology, with the Ophiocordyceps parasitic fungus, also known as the "Zombie Ant Fungus."
Natural fungus may provide effective bedbug control
November 26, 2012
"And don't let the bedbugs bite" is no longer a harmless adage. In reality today, these bloodthirsty bugs infest thousands of homes.
Turfgrass research endowment named in memory of Stanley J. Zontek
November 26, 2012
Earlier this year, the U.S. Golf Association, the golf turfgrass industry and the Penn State turfgrass program lost a friend and colleague, Stanley Zontek.
CAS researcher contributes to Pig Genome Sequencing project just published in Nature
November 19, 2012
The November 15th issue of Nature includes the publication of the pig genome, entitled “Analyses of pig genomes provide insight into porcine demography and evolution.” This project was contributed to by Dr. Wansheng Lui, an Associate Professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences Department of Animal Science. Sequencing of the pig genome began in the 1990’s and the International Swine Genome Sequence Consortium (SGSC) launched in 2003. Dr. Liu’s laboratory is involved in the construction of a high-resolution radiation hybrid (RH) map with ~10,000 gene markers. This map serves as a “scaffold” for pig genome sequence assembly and gene annotation.
Job Opportunity - Report Writing Professional
November 13, 2012
The College of Agricultural Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University is looking for an Independent Contractor – Report Writing Professional to assist in completing the FY2012 USDA Annual Report of Accomplishments and Results and the FY2013-2018 Plan-of-Work for the College of Agricultural Sciences Extension and Research enterprise, due to USDA April 1, 2013.
Drinking green tea with starchy food may help lower blood sugar spikes
November 13, 2012
An ingredient in green tea that helps reduce blood sugar spikes in mice may lead to new diet strategies for people, according to Penn State food scientists.
Penn State Hosts Regional Microbiology Meeting
November 8, 2012
Penn State will be hosting the annual meeting of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology on November 9th and 10th.
Video: Food science researchers discuss flavor sensations
November 8, 2012
As Penn State celebrates 150 years of graduate education, Research Unplugged featured a graduate student researcher at the third talk in its six-event series.
Chocolate genome research good for farmers, environment, sweet lovers
November 8, 2012
With the help of information technology (IT), Penn State professor Mark Guiltinan makes the world a sweeter place.
Penn State Research mentioned in National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Newsletter
November 8, 2012
This week’s NIFA update specifically mentions research performed by a team including College of Ag faculty Drs. Chris Mullin and Jim Frazier on the impact of spray additives on the learning ability of honey bees.
Congratulations to Drs. Mescher, De Moraes, and Read for coverage of their recent grant
November 6, 2012
Pen Pals, Glowing Parasites & Crop Camouflage Could Help Improve Lives. Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Explorations grants invest in bold ideas to address global health and development challenges.
Image analysis may allow pathologists to expedite diagnoses
November 1, 2012
For pathologists, identifying damaged or diseased tissue is a time-consuming process of poring over samples under a microscope.
CAS Researchers Jonathan Lynch spoke to Earth Focus about his research on how plants adapt to stress
October 24, 2012
$10M grant will fund research into biofuel-based economic development
October 16, 2012
The Northeast could help lead the way to a renewable-energy-based economy by utilizing marginal and abandoned land to grow energy crops such as perennial grasses and fast-growing woody plants.
A warm, wet farm would dampen foliage colors
September 24, 2012
This summer was notable because of drought conditions in June and July, and searing heat in July, but that won't limit the beauty of Pennsylvania's fall foliage.
Research looks at hydrology, soil constraints to shale-gas development
September 24, 2012
Across the Appalachian Plateau in Pennsylvania, 50 to 70 percent of shale-gas pads are being developed on slopes that could be prone to erosion and sedimentation problems, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Researchers at Penn State identify key elements of quality instruction
September 17, 2012
A commonly held belief that college students are only interested in courses where they can earn an "easy A" is not supported by a Penn State research study. What college students really value is how much they feel they learn in a course, according to recent findings from a survey. "In our surveys of students at University Park, we found the single best predictor of how much students liked and positively evaluated the quality of instruction in courses was how much they had learned," said Fern K. Willits, distinguished professor emerita of rural sociology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, one of the members of the research team. "The belief that difficult courses and too much classwork will result in low student ratings is not supported by our data."
Manure-pond deaths reinforce need for safety awareness
June 11, 2012
The recent deaths of three Pennsylvania farm-family members in a manure-storage pond in Maryland is a stark reminder of the need for safety precautions when working around such facilities, according to a farm-safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Expansions in dairy industry lead to surplus, lows for milk prices
June 11, 2012
One source of income for Pennslvania dairy farmers has hit its lowest point in three years, according to a dairy market expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Pa. potato, tomato growers hit by late blight, should remain vigilant
June 11, 2012
Late blight, the same disease that caused Ireland's potato famine in the 19th century, was confirmed in three Pennsylvania counties this past week.