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2018

Mending the Gap
May 15, 2018
It’s such a simple gesture, a hand reaching out to stroke a cheek. Between friends and loved ones, it conveys caring, trust, tenderness. Between people who met just a few hours ago and who think they don’t have much in common, it can feel scary, threatening, too intimate.
Penn State Master Gardener programs promote pollinator populations
May 15, 2018
When it comes to the importance of bees, Connie Schmotzer does not mince words.
Altered body odor indicates malaria even if microscope doesn't
May 15, 2018
Typhoid Mary may have infected a hundred or more people, but asymptomatic carriers of malaria infect far more people every year through mosquito vectors. An international team of researchers is working toward a way to identify malaria patients including infected individuals who show no malaria symptoms through mosquito vectors.
Cocoa CRISPR: Gene editing shows promise for improving the 'chocolate tree'
May 15, 2018
Use of the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 could help to breed cacao trees that exhibit desirable traits such as enhanced resistance to diseases, according to Penn State plant scientists.
Ten students and alumni named as Fulbright finalists for 2018-19
May 7, 2018
Ten Penn State students and alumni were selected as Fulbright finalists for the 2018-2019 academic year, according to the University Fellowships Office.
Virus inhibits immune response of caterpillars and plants
May 4, 2018
It is well known that certain wasps suppress the immune systems of their caterpillar hosts so they can successfully raise their young within those hosts. Now researchers at Penn State show that, in addition to suppressing caterpillar immune systems, wasps also suppress the defense mechanisms of the plants on which the caterpillars feed, which ensures that the caterpillars will continue to provide a suitable environment for the wasps' offspring.
Deer fawns more likely to survive in agricultural landscapes than forest
May 4, 2018
The cruel truth is that throughout the white-tailed deer's range only about half of all fawns live to see their first birthday — most are killed by predators. However, they have a much better chance of surviving if they are born in farmland rather than in forest, according to Penn State researchers, who collaborated with Pennsylvania Game Commission deer biologists.
Stoy G. and Della E. Sunday Program Support for Fruit Production Research
May 2, 2018
The purpose of this endowment shall be to enrich the College of Agricultural Sciences by providing monies for fruit production research.
Jeanne and Charles Rider Endowment for Support of Research on the Biotechnology of Food Crops
May 2, 2018
The purpose of this endowment shall be to support College of Agricultural Sciences faculty in their biotechnology research and teaching programs that give promise of improving upon food crop production and quality while protecting the quality and safety of the environment.
Arthur W. Nesbitt Faculty Program Development Award
May 2, 2018
The purpose of this endowment shall be to support a College of Agricultural Sciences faculty member in their teaching or extension programs, with the intent that the investment will help the awardee leverage future funding opportunities in any or all of these functional areas, for Animal Science or Food Science.
Sarah Chinn Kalser Faculty Research Assistance Endowment
May 2, 2018
The purpose of this endowment shall be to provide funds to support research and scholarly travel to College of Agricultural Sciences faculty whose research program has experienced a temporary lapse in funding.
Joan Luerssen Faculty Enhancement Fund and the Horace T. Woodward Faculty Development Fund
May 2, 2018
The purpose of these two endowments shall be to provide supplementary funds to support professional development and programs.
Pennsylvania bear mange epidemic focus of Penn State and Game Commission project
April 30, 2018
Pennsylvania's black bear population is experiencing a mange epidemic, and a Penn State research team will work with the state Game Commission to gain a better understanding of the disease and develop strategies to manage it.
Penn State Flower Trials aid industry, consumers in picking posies
April 30, 2018
Each May, the expression "flower power" takes on a new meaning at Penn State's Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Manheim, Lancaster County, when an 85-year-old tradition -- the Penn State Flower Trials -- gets under way.
Impacting PA: Penn State plays a critical role in promoting water quality
April 24, 2018
Q&A: Recent alumna making impact on clean water in Pennsylvania
April 24, 2018
Sarah Xenophon is a watershed technician in the Agriculture and Environment Center in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. She creates large-scale watershed assessments and meets with farmers, land owners, municipalities and others to restore polluted or otherwise “sick” bodies of water in Pennsylvania. The center works with key stakeholders to proactively build partnerships to improve the health of Pennsylvania’s waterways, and by extension, the pollution problem in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Learn more about efforts to save the Chesapeake.
Q&A: Penn State’s impact on the Chesapeake Bay, clean water in Pa.
April 24, 2018
Matthew Royer is director of the Agriculture and Environment Center in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. In this role, he works with key stakeholders to proactively build partnerships to improve the health of Pennsylvania’s waterways, and by extension, the pollution problem in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Learn more about efforts to save the Chesapeake.
Saving the Chesapeake
April 24, 2018
As Pennsylvania renews efforts to clean the state's waterways and the Chesapeake Bay, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is crafting a strategy in which farmers can help.
Penn State Extension, ag officials look to slow spread of spotted lanternfly
April 16, 2018
With spring and the accompanying emergence of insects upon us, grape growers, orchardists, nursery operators, homeowners and others in southeastern Pennsylvania are bracing for infestations of spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest from Asia that appeared for the first time in the United States in Berks County nearly four years ago
From farm to dining commons: Penn State a leader in locally sourced food
April 16, 2018
Penn State students go through more than 132,000 gallons of fresh milk from University Park’s much-beloved Berkey Creamery every year, but that’s not the only campus to enjoy fresh milk from a local source.
Earth Day(s)
April 10, 2018
Earth Day will be internationally recognized on April 22, but at Penn State, Earth Day(s) will be celebrated throughout the month of April. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to attend the events. Show your Earth Day spirit on social media by using #PSUEarthDays and visit the Earth Day(s) 2018 website to learn how to get involved.
New Penn State-USDA patented technology removes phosphorus from manure
April 10, 2018
An innovation that could have a huge impact on water quality problems in the United States, a system capable of removing almost all phosphorus from stored livestock manure, was developed by a team of researchers from Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.
Cocoa bean roasting can preserve both chocolate health benefits, taste
April 5, 2018
Manipulating the temperature and the length of time under which cocoa beans are roasted can simultaneously preserve and even boost the potency of some bioactive and antioxidant compounds while protecting desired sensory aspects of chocolate, according to Penn State researchers.
Penn State announces 2018 University-wide faculty and staff awards
April 2, 2018
Each year, Penn State recognizes outstanding faculty and staff with annual awards in teaching and excellence. The invitation-only ceremony for the 2018 awards is Tuesday, April 3, at University Park.
Researchers aim to further enrich eggs, poultry meat with omega-3 fatty acids
April 2, 2018
Research has shown that the consumption of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids provides a myriad of health benefits, including lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease and death.
Penn State-developed plant-disease app recognized by Google
April 2, 2018
A mobile app designed by Penn State researchers to help farmers and others diagnose crop diseases has earned recognition from one of the world's tech giants.
More accurate estimates of methane emissions from dairy cattle developed
March 29, 2018
Leading the worldwide effort to get a better handle on methane emissions from animals, an international consortium of researchers devised more accurate models to estimate the amount of the potent greenhouse gas produced by dairy cattle.
$2.1 million enables creation of decision-support tools for pollinator health
March 27, 2018
The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State, in collaboration with researchers at the University of California, Davis; the University of Minnesota; and Dickinson College will receive more than $2 million from the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research and the United States Department of Agriculture to translate basic research into online decision support tools to help beekeepers and land managers maintain and expand populations of managed and wild bees.
Sexsmith receives Roy C. Buck Award for paper on health care access
March 23, 2018
Kathleen Sexsmith, assistant professor of rural sociology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the college's 2017 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award, which recognizes the best article accepted or published by a refereed scholarly journal in the social sciences within the past two years.
Kaye receives Black Award for excellence in research
March 23, 2018
Jason Kaye, professor of soil biogeochemistry, is the recipient of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences' 2017 Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research.
Perkins named to National Academies committee on military family well-being
March 23, 2018
Daniel Perkins, founder and principal scientist of Penn State’s Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness and professor of youth and family resiliency and policy, was recently appointed to serve as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on the Well-Being of Military Families. The committee is comprised of 13 leading researchers in the field of military family social sciences.
2018 Recipient of the ASPB's Dennis R. Hoagland Award
March 21, 2018
Johnathan Lynch has been named as the 2018 recipient of American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Dennis R. Hoagland Award! This award honors Dr. Dennis R. Hoagland, receipient of the first Hales award, for his outstanding contributions and leadership in plant mineral nutrition.
Penn State researchers tackling mushroom phorid fly infestations
March 20, 2018
Working with mushroom growers and residents in southern Chester County, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is ramping up ongoing research efforts to alleviate mushroom phorid fly infestations in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Global Gallery gives snapshot of faculty, graduate research in world agriculture
March 19, 2018
Faculty and graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences illustrated how their research touches every corner of the world during the inaugural Global Gallery, a symposium hosted by the International Agriculture and Development dual-title graduate program (INTAD) and its student association.
Coming to a garden near you: An award-winning, Penn State-bred tomato variety
March 15, 2018
Valentine's Day may have passed for this year, but if you're in love with sweet, firm, antioxidant-rich — and award- winning — tomatoes that will perform well in your garden this season, you're in luck, thanks to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
No such thing as 'uncured' corned beef, Penn State meat expert says
March 15, 2018
Millions of Americans will celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday this month with a "traditional" meal of corned beef and cabbage — but most won't pause to consider what makes the meat so distinctive or how it ended up being a tradition.
Infected 'zombie ants' face no discrimination from nest mates
March 15, 2018
Carpenter ants infected with a specialized parasitic fungus are not subjected to aggression or isolation from their nest mates, and they continue to share in the colony's food resources until they leave the nest for the last time to die, according to a study led by Penn State researchers.
Researchers to study ramps' market, flavor profile, vulnerability to pest
March 15, 2018
A good way to describe ramps, it has been said, is to note what they are not.
Startup success: Bedbug treatment developed at Penn State shows market appeal
February 27, 2018
A new, safe treatment for bedbugs developed by Penn State entomologist Nina Jenkins already is seeing a strong sales response from pest application professionals in the few months since it hit the market.
Wood fuels key to easing food insecurity situation in sub-Saharan Africa
February 27, 2018
Access to wood fuels for cooking must be considered when formulating policy to deal with food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa, according to researchers who advocate expanding the effort to improve wood-fuel systems and make them more sustainable.
Mushroom Research Competitive Grants
February 20, 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.
RAIN Grants Program
February 20, 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.
Research aims to help cacao producers, chocolate makers boost profits
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.
Presence, persistence of estrogens in vernal pools an emerging concern
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.
Asked and Answered: Graduate education (Feb. 13, 2018)
February 14, 2018
Unique cohort will support student exploration of agricultural microbiomes
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.
Agroforestry systems may play vital role in mitigating climate change
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.
'Tide pod challenge' calls attention to home poisoning risks
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.
Century of data shows sea-level rise shifting tides in Delaware, Chesapeake Bays
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.
Weather patterns, farm income, other factors, may be influencing opioid crisis
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.
Root discovery may lead to crops that need less fertilizer
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.
New research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication
January 9, 2018
Two Penn State researchers have participated in the formulation of a new updated research agenda for global malaria elimination and eradication.
Power Up!
January 9, 2018
Too much of a good thing. That’s the situation many scientists face in this age of Big Data.
Penn State Summit on the opioid epidemic to be held Jan. 12
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.