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September 12, 2013

Four research projects with high potential for technology commercialization have received grants through a Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences program designed to spur innovation. The college's Research Applications for Innovation Grants -- known as RAIN Grants -- provide financial support that enables researchers in the college to realize the commercial potential of ongoing research projects.

September 11, 2013

According to the latest estimates, Australia has more wild hogs than human beings, perhaps more than 23 million. No one is certain how many wild hogs roam Pennsylvania -- mostly escapees from commercial hog-hunting preserves and their offspring. But both commonwealths need to control and perhaps eliminate feral pigs, which are a highly destructive species, according to Theodore Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

September 11, 2013

A new paper in PNAS from Dr. Gary Felton's research group was spotlighted online by

September 10, 2013

Some symbiotic bacteria living inside Colorado potato beetles can trick plants into reacting to a microbial attack rather than that of a chewing herbivore, according to a team of Penn State researchers who found that the beetles with bacteria were healthier and grew better.

September 9, 2013

YouTube video illustrating an NSF grant awarded to Dr. John Carlson, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

September 3, 2013

Discover Magazine article spotlighting the research of Dr. Victoria Braithwaite, of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

August 29, 2013

Continuing research on Salmonella may enable researchers to identify and track strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria as they evolve and spread, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

August 27, 2013

Paul Heinemann, professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Penn State, has been named a Fellow by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The society recognized him "for his outstanding contributions in teaching, advising and administration, and for research in specialty crop production efficiency."

August 20, 2013

Genetics may play a role in how people's taste receptors send signals, leading to a wide spectrum of taste preferences, according to Penn State food scientists. These varied, genetically influenced responses may mean that food and drink companies will need a range of artificial sweeteners to accommodate different consumer tastes.

August 15, 2013

Penn State’s Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness was designed to enhance the health and well-being of our military families by supporting the efforts of professionals who support them.

August 9, 2013

The team working in the Roots Lab at Penn State, led by Jonathan Lynch, professor of plant nutrition, is studying what the rest of us don't see--the very important work going on underneath the ground that enables the growth of healthier, higher producing crops. Research is being conducted on five continents, and the results of that research include stronger crops of soybeans in China, the common bean in Latin America and corn in Africa.

August 9, 2013

Three new agricultural resource centers funded in the recently passed Pennsylvania state budget will be unveiled to the public during Ag Progress Days on Aug. 13-15 at Rock Springs. The centers, a collaborative effort between Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, will address the hot button issues of food safety, animal care and plant health.

August 5, 2013

Quick zaps of ultraviolet light can boost the vitamin D levels in mushrooms in seconds, turning the fungi into an even healthier food, according to Penn State food scientists.

August 2, 2013

Temperature-driven changes alter outbreak patterns of tea tortrix -- an insect pest -- and may shed light on how temperature influences whether insects emerge as cohesive cohorts or continuously, according to an international team of researchers. These findings have implications for both pest control and how climate change may alter infestations.

July 31, 2013

Raising fish in tanks that contain hiding places and other obstacles can make the fish both smarter and improve their chances of survival when they are released into the wild, according to an international team of researchers.

July 29, 2013

In light of the global obesity epidemic, many consumers and health professionals are concerned about the levels of added sugars in foods. Now, a study by Penn State researchers has shown that some consumers may not need all the added sugars in order to enjoy one of America's favorite comfort foods: chocolate ice cream.

July 19, 2013

A recently published USDA NIFA brochure contains material on CAS research into fruit thinning technology.

July 19, 2013

John Kaminski uses social media to teach turfgrass science and collaborate with colleagues around the world.

July 18, 2013

Beetles with unusual "green thumbs" for growing fungi are threatening avocado crops and could transform into a more destructive pest, according to an international team of researchers.

July 17, 2013

This is an excerpt of the keynote address given by Mark Brennan, UNESCO Chair and Penn State professor, at a two-day symposium held July 15-16 on Penn State's University Park campus.