Alumni news and events from the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Nutritional journal highlights research on micronutrient's disease-fighting role

March 29, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Journal of Nutritional Science designated a Penn State research paper on how a dietary antioxidant may fight chronic disease and aging as its “Paper of the Month” in February. The article suggested that incorporating more of the dietary amino acid ergothioneine into one’s diet may help stave off long-term health problems.

Uniform drying time for goldenseal to enhance medicinal qualities of forest herb

March 29, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Developing a standardized drying protocol for goldenseal could lead to more predictable health applications and outcomes by preserving the alkaloids found in the plant, which is native to Appalachia, according to Penn State researchers, who conducted a new study of the medicinal forest herb.

Urban agriculture can help, but not solve, city food security problems

March 29, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — While urban agriculture can play a role in supporting food supply chains for many major American cities — contributing to food diversity, sustainability and localizing food systems — it is unrealistic to expect rooftop gardens, community plots and the like to provide the majority of nutrition for the population of a metropolis.

Researchers ask anglers' help with study of brook, brown trout colors, patterns

March 29, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State researchers, who are evaluating the colors, pattern variations and genetics of wild brook and brown trout across Pennsylvania, are asking anglers to help with their study.

Ottar Bjørnstad elected to Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters

March 24, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ottar N. Bjørnstad, distinguished professor of entomology and biology and J. Lloyd & Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair of Epidemiology at Penn State, has been elected to the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters. Bjørnstad was recommended as a result of his significant contributions to the fields of population ecology and quantitative epidemiology.

Agricultural Sciences student research highlighted in virtual Global Gallery

March 8, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Faculty and graduate students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will showcase their international research during the third annual Global Gallery, a symposium hosted by the international agriculture and development dual-title graduate program, known as INTAD, and its student association.

Food science student honing leadership, public speaking skills as Ag Advocate

March 8, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Madalyn Arthur, of Dallas, Pennsylvania, a junior majoring in food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is elevating the image of agriculture and the college as an Ag Advocate.

Lake turbidity mitigates impact of warming on walleyes in upper Midwest lakes

March 5, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Because walleyes are a cool-water fish species with a limited temperature tolerance, biologists expected them to act like the proverbial “canary in a coal mine” that would begin to suffer and signal when lakes influenced by climate change start to warm. But in a new study, a team of researchers discovered that it is not that simple.

Smell-check cards help call attention to common COVID-19 symptom

March 3, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Students, faculty, staff and others visiting well-traveled areas of Penn State campuses across the state may have noticed or received postcards with a "peel-and-sniff" area prompting them to detect and identify a particular aroma. If their olfactory senses fail them, they may be infected with COVID-19.

Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity space named for alumnus and donor

February 16, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State alumnus Jeffrey A. Conrad has made a $1 million gift to support facility renovations and enhanced programming for the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity at University Park. As the largest gift in the center’s history, Conrad’s commitment will provide an expanded home for the campus’s LGBTQ+ and ally communities while enhancing its future programming. In recognition of his support, the renovated space will be named The Jeffrey A. Conrad Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

Report suggests Pa.'s agricultural diversity is key to understanding its impact

January 26, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Pennsylvania's largest farms claimed the lion's share of agricultural product sales and net farm income between 2012 and 2017, but the state's many small farms made significant contributions beyond their economic impact, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Longtime volunteers establish estate gift to Pasto Ag Museum

January 26, 2021

With the hope of helping Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum grow and ensure its future, Glenn Carter and his wife, Doris Longwill Carter, have pledged an estimated $100,000 estate gift in support of the museum. The gift from the Carters has been designated for the museum’s endowment fund to help support the staff and operations.

College of Agricultural Sciences students earn internship awards

January 26, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Thirteen Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2020 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $1,000 stipend, was established to encourage students to participate in a credit or noncredit educational internship program that relates to their field of study.

Levels of stress hormone in saliva of newborn deer fawns may predict mortality

January 26, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The first-ever study of the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the saliva of newborn white-tailed deer fawns yielded thought-provoking results that have Penn State researchers suggesting predation is not the only thing in the wild killing fawns.

Climate change reduces the abundance and diversity of wild bees, study finds

January 26, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Wild bees are more affected by climate change than by disturbances to their habitats, according to a team of researchers led by Penn State. The findings suggest that addressing land-use issues alone will not be sufficient to protecting these important pollinators.

Pulsed ultraviolet light technology to improve egg safety, help poultry industry

January 26, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Pulsed ultraviolet light can be an effective alternative to some of the antimicrobial technologies now used by the poultry industry to kill pathogens on eggshells, according to Penn State researchers, who simulated production conditions to test the technology.

Spotted lanternfly experts debunk myths about the prodigious, pestilent pest

January 26, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As the spotted lanternfly extension associate in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Heather Leach often receives calls and emails from concerned citizens about the insect interloper.

Feral colonies provide clues for enhancing honey bee tolerance to pathogens

January 26, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Understanding the genetic and environmental factors that enable some feral honey bee colonies to tolerate pathogens and survive the winter in the absence of beekeeping management may help lead to breeding stocks that would enhance survival of managed colonies, according to a study led by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Phospholutions Raises $10.3 Million in Series A Funding

January 22, 2021

Happy Valley’s Phospholutions, Inc., a sustainable fertilizer start-up based in the Technology Center Incubator at Innovation Park at Penn State, has announced $10.3 million in Series A funding led by Continental Grain Company. Other investors include: Tekfen Ventures; Maumee Ventures, LLC, the venture capital subsidiary of The Andersons, Inc.; Ag Ventures Alliance Cooperative; and 1855 Capital. - Happy Valley Indusrty

College of Agricultural Sciences students earn internship awards

January 22, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Thirteen Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2020 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $1,000 stipend, was established to encourage students to participate in a credit or noncredit educational internship program that relates to their field of study.

A Journey to a Healthier Heart

January 22, 2021

Introducing major change into our daily lives can be very challenging. Choosing a heart healthy lifestyle is like setting off on a journey – it requires a step-by-step approach.

Penn State Extension offering online courses to train landscaping employees

January 12, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Extension is offering a suite of online courses — developed with the support of the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association — designed to help landscape companies educate new and seasonal employees and help more experienced employees move into leadership roles.

Penn State Extension offers 50% discount on online courses through January

January 12, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Penn State Extension has offered discounts on its online programs to support customers during a difficult year. For the month of January, extension will continue that support by offering a 50% discount on online course enrollment.

In response to COVID-19, Penn State Berkey Creamery revamps outreach model

January 12, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — One of the silver linings — or scoops, so to speak — of the coronavirus pandemic for the Penn State Berkey Creamery has been its growing outreach to the University community through virtual speaking engagements, team-building events and membership drives.