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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.

Live town hall, webinars highlight Penn State programs for virtual Pa. Farm Show

January 8, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An online, town-hall-style event featuring the dean of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the secretary of the state Department of Agriculture will highlight Penn State programming during the 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show, which will be held virtually Jan. 9-16.

Researchers investigate an at-home 'scratch-and-sniff' test for COVID-19

January 8, 2021

Researchers will evaluate the results of two self-administered, scratch-and-sniff smell tests for COVID-19. The first involves asking users to identify odors such as smoke, strawberry, chocolate and onions, while the second is designed to reveal a participant’s sensitivity to different concentrations of the same odor.

At-home DIY smell tests could catch Covid-19 cases By John E. Hayes and Cara Exten, Penn State

January 8, 2021

Smell loss -- called anosmia -- is a common symptom of Covid-19. For the past nine months, the two of us -- a sensory scientist and an infectious disease epidemiologist -- have applied our respective expertise to develop smell-based screening and testing programs as part of a response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Bradley J. Cardinale named head of Department of Ecosystem Science & Management

December 22, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Bradley J. Cardinale, professor and director of the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, has been named head of Penn State's Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, effective Jan. 4, 2021.

Adele Turzillo to lead Penn State Department of Animal Science

November 5, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Adele Turzillo, most recently the vice president for animal agriculture systems at the World Wildlife Fund, has been named head of the Department of Animal Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, effective Nov. 2.

The Paul R. and Joan M. Shellenberger Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

October 14, 2020

The Paul R. and Joan M. Shellenberger Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; this recognition is for full-time instructors* with teaching appointments (not on tenure track) in the College of Agricultural Sciences who exhibit excellence in undergraduate teaching and contribute significantly to the education of undergraduate students.

Kayla Stauffer is Tagged to Teach Ag! at Mount Union Area High School

September 1, 2020

Penn State Extension milk giveaways help local dairy farmers, families

August 24, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With the onset of the coronavirus and subsequent shutdowns, dairy farmers across Pennsylvania have faced a sharp decrease in demand for milk. Dairy cows continue to produce, and without schools or restaurants open to purchase the milk, farmers found themselves dumping their excess. At the same time, food banks saw an increase in demand for services as the pandemic worsened.

Extension educator: Late summer, early fall optimal time to treat tree of heaven

August 24, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Like the spotted lanternfly that has a penchant for it, the rapidly growing Ailanthus altissima tree — better known as tree of heaven — can be tough for property owners to control.

Merit-based NSF grant extension supports expansion of gene-editing technology

August 24, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Researchers who developed an improved method of gene editing for the study of arthropods will expand the technology for use in vertebrate species such as mice, fish and birds after receiving new funding from the National Science Foundation.

Invasive shrubs in Northeast forests grow leaves earlier and keep them longer

August 24, 2020

Citizen scientists confirm that invasives seem to have advantage over native shrubs, contributing to their proliferation, impacts

Tick Series: Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Diseases

August 5, 2020

Tick prevention, treatment, and more will be covered in this Live webinar.

Tick Series: Protecting Yourself from Tick Bites

August 5, 2020

Learn how to prevent tick bites during this live webinar!

Tick Series: Tick Protection Around the Home

August 5, 2020

Join our informative webinar to learn how to protect you and your family from tick bites while still enjoying your backyard this season!

Is Canning on a Portable Burner Safe?

August 5, 2020

A portable burner may be a suitable alternative to a cooktop stove for water bath canning if certain specifications are met. However, it may not work for pressure canning.

Flavored Vinegars

August 5, 2020

Easy to make flavored vinegars add elegance and interest to entrées and salads. Flavorings may include herbs, fruits, vegetables, and spices.

The Well-Preserved Onion

August 5, 2020

Properly cured onions stored in a cool, dark, and well-ventilated place will keep a long time. Other methods of preserving this popular vegetable include canning, freezing, and drying.

Ag Alumni Society Election Results

July 21, 2020

2018 graduate of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, receives the Diana Award.

July 20, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Shah Rafayat Chowdhury, a 2018 graduate of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the Diana Award, one of the highest accolades a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian effort.