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With turkey serving as the centerpiece of the holiday meal table, it's important to prepare and cook it the right way for an enjoyable and safe experience for all.    Image: Sarah Pflug at Burst
Your turkey doesn't need a shower: No-nos when it comes to holiday bird prep
November 13, 2018
Talking (Thanksgiving) turkey: Some methods of handling and cooking turkey, which have been passed down from generation to generation, may be setting the table for foodborne illness, according to a food safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
An Anopheles freeborni mosquito takes a blood meal. Native to North America, An. freeborni is one species that researchers say could spread Mayaro virus in the United States.   Image: James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control
Anopheles mosquitoes could spread Mayaro virus in U.S., other diverse regions
November 12, 2018
Mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles are well known as primary vectors of malaria. But a new study suggests that Anopheles species, including some found in the United States, also are capable of carrying and transmitting an emerging pathogen, Mayaro virus, which has caused outbreaks of disease in South America and the Caribbean.
A hibernating little brown bat showing the symptoms of white-nose syndrome.   Image: Marvin Moriarty/USFWS
Grant supports research to combat white-nose syndrome in bats
November 12, 2018
Penn State research aimed at combating white-nose syndrome in bats has received funding from the Bats for the Future Fund. Virologist Marilyn Roossinck, professor of plant pathology and environmental microbiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, received a grant of more than $263,000 to study how a virus that infects the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome influences the virulence of the fungus.
The benefits of having a live Christmas tree outweigh any risks associated with pests, according to a Penn State Extension educator.   Image: Pexels
Risk of spotted lanternfly on Christmas trees is slight, says extension educator
November 2, 2018
"Real trees are part of an outdoor ecosystem, and there is always a chance that insects may be brought indoors with a tree, and the spotted lanternfly is no exception," said Tanner Delvalle, a horticulture extension educator based in Berks and Schuylkill counties. "However, the risk is small and should not be a reason for anyone to forego having a live holiday tree."

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