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May 26, 2016

Even though amphibian populations are declining sharply worldwide, there is no smoking gun to indicate a cause and thus no simple solution to halting or reversing these declines.

May 26, 2016

As the agriculture industry adapts to new technologies, researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences are finding new ways to use computational simulation models to improve global crop management strategies.

May 26, 2016

An apparatus built as a capstone project by a team of senior biological engineering students was created to save farmers' lives by demonstrating extreme danger.

May 26, 2016

An online tool created by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will enable manure storage pit designers to develop less dangerous facilities.

May 13, 2016

An insect never before found in the Western Hemisphere has been discovered in Pennsylvania, and agriculture officials are asking growers and home gardeners to help monitor and manage the new invasive pest. The allium leafminer is a threat to several species of crop plants in the genus Allium, such as onion, leek, garlic, chive, shallot and green onion, warned Shelby Fleischer, professor of entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

May 10, 2016

Asthma is a chronic lung disease affecting 10 percent of school-aged children in the United States. The Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management, or PA IPM, program — a collaboration between the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture — is partnering with the School District of Philadelphia to reduce asthma triggers in schoolchildren by preventing pests, including mice and cockroaches, from entering schools.

May 10, 2016

Penn State scientists are helping crops survive drought and poor soils by redesigning their roots, from external architecture to internal anatomy.

April 26, 2016

Selective browsing by white-tailed deer likely is promoting the spread of some invasive plant species in northeastern U.S. forests, as deer avoid eating vegetation they find unpalatable.

April 26, 2016

Bees buzz in the cool morning air on the green roof of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences' Millennium Science Complex on Penn State’s University Park campus. Three colonies have just been moved from the apiary to their new home.

April 26, 2016

Penn State's spirit of collaboration and interest in pressing global issues has made it one of the top universities addressing holistic pollinator health. Through continued research on diseases, diet and nutrition, and the sometimes unintended effects of pesticides, researchers aim to alleviate the problem of pollinator declines.

April 21, 2016

The term "genetically modified organism" is almost guaranteed to spark debate in the news and social media, on internet message boards and at the water cooler. Now, the work of a faculty researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has generated a new wave of attention to the ongoing dialog surrounding GMOs.

April 21, 2016

A safer option for cleaning milking systems on dairy farms may also decrease cleaning time and cost, according to a team of Penn State engineers.

April 21, 2016

A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received an Excellence in Science Award from the U.S. Geological Survey for outstanding research.

April 8, 2016

Plants employ several strategies to ward off hungry insects, but the insects fight those defenses with weapons of their own—many of which are in their saliva.

March 25, 2016

The massive global livestock industry holds the key to mitigating greenhouse gases from the agriculture, forestry and land-use sector, but actual reductions in the foreseeable future likely will be just a fraction of what technically is possible. That's the conclusion of a study conducted by an international team of researchers that included Alex Hristov, professor of dairy nutrition in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences

March 22, 2016

As Pennsylvania renews efforts to clean the state's waterways and the Chesapeake Bay, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is helping to craft a strategy in which farmers spearhead clean-water initiatives.

March 16, 2016

Compounds that stop a cellular rescue operation for stuck ribosomes may bolster the nation's defenses against biowarfare and bioterrorism, as well as create alternative antibiotics to handle increasingly resistant pathogens, according to a team of researchers.

March 15, 2016

Over thousands of years, most forests in the eastern United States evolved with frequent fire, which promoted tree species and ecosystems that were both fire and drought resistant. In little more than a century, humans upset that balance, suggest researchers, who blame the change, in part, on the well-meaning efforts of Smokey Bear.

March 15, 2016

The first harvest of 34 acres of fast-growing shrub willow from a Penn State demonstration field this winter is a milestone in developing a sustainable biomass supply for renewable energy and bio-based economic development, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

March 3, 2016

Eight Penn State faculty members are recipients of Fulbright grants for the 2015-16 awards cycle. These awards give recipients opportunities to teach, do research, and immerse themselves in other cultures. Penn State is consistently among the nation’s top Fulbright producers in a program that is highly competitive and rigorously reviewed.