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September 23, 2013

Strict requirements on the use of animal manures in fresh produce production imposed by the new federal food-safety law threatened to adversely impact the mushroom industry, which relies on horse and poultry manure for a specialized growth substrate.

September 23, 2013

When breast cancer spreads, the disease typically invades the long bones of the body, such as the femur and tibia. Inside these long bones, giant marrow cells known as megakaryocytes (or MKs) go into overdrive in the presence of cancer and may contribute to destructive bone loss and embolisms. "The breast cancer survival rate is about 90 percent when it's detected early but drops considerably lower once the cancer has spread to the bones," says graduate student Walter Jackson. There hasn't been enough research on how these specialized bone marrow cells affect the spread of cancer cells, in spite of the fact that many cancer patients die of thromboembolism, or blood clots, he notes. "It's important that we learn more about bone metastasis and how to slow it down."

September 19, 2013

Athletes looking to maximize performance on the playing field sometimes seek footwear that provides the best traction. But it's important to balance the need for good traction with the risk of injury. Penn State's Center for Sports Surface Research has released the results of an extensive traction study that tested 30 types of athletic shoes on three types of turf playing surfaces.

September 17, 2013

Multiflora rose is one of the best -- or worst -- and most visible, examples of an invasive plant thriving in Pennsylvania's landscape. But for better or worse, a disease increasingly is infecting and killing the thick stands across the state.

September 13, 2013

Several students and faculty members have been recognized by the Entomological Society of America. Two others have recieved USDA-NIFA travel awards.

September 13, 2013

In order to promote open access to research data, many funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), require that research data generated by publicly-funded projects be made publicly available. In addition, some journals require authors to make materials, data and associated protocols promptly available to readers as a condition of publication. Researchers can now more easily comply with these policies by utilizing the services of Penn State’s Data Commons.

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.