College of Agricultural Sciences

The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences offers 17 undergraduate majors, 23 minors, and graduate programs in 18 major areas.

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Seven years of invasive shrub removal from the Hartley Wood in The Arboretum at Penn State promoted plant diversity and facilitated passive natural regeneration of native canopy tree seedlings, understory woody species and woodland herbaceous species. Among them (top left to right) Indianpipe, mayapple and hepatica, (bottom left to right) spotted geranium, waxflower shinleaf and mapleleaf viburnum.   Image: Erynn Maynard-Bean / Penn State
Native forest plants rebound when invasive shrubs are removed
May 14, 2019
Removing invasive shrubs to restore native forest habitat brings a surprising result, according to Penn State researchers, who say desired native understory plants display an unexpected ability and vigor to recolonize open spots.
Within the past decade, beekeepers across the globe have observed massive declines in managed honey bee populations. Given their critical role in the nation’s agricultural industry, Penn State’s Christina Grozinger and the Center for Pollinator Research are implementing creative approaches to protecting bee populations in Pennsylvania and beyond.   Image: Penn State
Protecting pollinators: Penn Staters working to reverse bee population declines
May 14, 2019
Within the past decade, beekeepers across the globe have observed massive declines in managed honey bee populations. Given their critical role in the nation’s agricultural industry, Penn State’s Christina Grozinger and the Center for Pollinator Research are implementing creative approaches to protecting bee populations in Pennsylvania and beyond.
Penn State Extension’s “Dive Deeper – Youth Water Educators Summit” recently received a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. Shown at the ceremony are, from left, Davitt Woodwell, president, Pennsylvania Environmental Council; Carissa Longo, environmental education program coordinator, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks, and "Dive Deeper" Steering Committee member; Lauren Imgrund, deputy secretary, DCNR; Jennifer Fetter, Penn State Extension and "Dive Deeper" Steering Committee chair; Patrick McDonnell, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; and Bradley Kunsman, Penn State Extension and "Dive Deeper" Steering Committee member. In the background is Janelle Stelson, news anchor for WGAL, who served as the emcee.   Image: Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Penn State Extension ‘Dive Deeper’ water educator program praised by state
May 13, 2019
Penn State Extension’s “Dive Deeper – Youth Water Educators Summit” recently received a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, presented annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
A "questing" female Ixodes scapularis (blacklegged tick) reaches out in hopes of climbing aboard a host. Researchers say the blacklegged tick, the primary vector of Lyme disease, was almost nonexistent in Pennsylvania in the 1960s but now is the state's dominant tick species.    Image: Joyce Sakamoto/Penn State
More than 100 years of data show Pennsylvania tick population shift
May 3, 2019
The prevalence of the most abundant species of ticks found in Pennsylvania has shifted over the last century, according to Penn State scientists, who analyzed 117 years' worth of specimens and data submitted primarily by residents from around the state.

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22nd Penn State Plant Biology Symposium - Plant Cell Dynamics VIII
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