College of Ag Sciences students explore Italian viticulture with alumni support

July 11, 2024

Food Science/Horticulture 499: Comparing the Science and Business of Wine in the U.S. and Italy, was held in the spring semester and led by Ryan Elias, professor and associate head of food science; Kathy Kelley, professor of horticultural marketing and business management; and Michela Centinari, associate professor of viticulture. The curriculum covered topics such as grapevine physiology, vineyard management, wine chemistry and production, Italian wine styles, and consumer interactions with wine.

Ag Sciences Global recognized for organizing Gilman seminars on food security

July 9, 2024

The U.S. Department of State has commended the Ag Sciences Global office in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences for its exceptional commitment to organizing the 2024 Gilman Global Food Security Seminar Series. This recognition underscores the college’s dedication in successfully coordinating a virtual speaker series this past spring and an in-person meeting — the Gilman Foreign Policy in Focus: Global Food Security Seminar — in early June in Washington, D.C. These events provided a platform for meaningful discussions and knowledge sharing.

Researchers compile Cacao Gene Atlas to help plant breeders boost chocolate tree

July 9, 2024

A team led by researchers at Penn State has created a genetic information resource to help plant breeders develop resistant strains of cacao that can be grown sustainably in its native Amazon and elsewhere, such as the tropical latitudes of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

Penn State students’ project designed to uplift Nepal and protect wildlife

July 9, 2024

Growing up in a small village in Nepal, a country in South Asia, Dibyajoti Burlakoti vividly remembers her family’s financial struggles after a herd of greater one-horned rhinos roamed through her family’s banana farm, consuming and trampling the family’s crop.

Kissing bugs, vector for Chagas disease, successfully gene edited for first time

July 9, 2024

New research from an international team, including a Penn State researcher, demonstrates — for the first time — the use of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in kissing bugs and opens the door to research on applied strategies for Chagas disease control.

Penn State Climate Consortium awards 11 climate action workshops

July 9, 2024

Penn State’s Climate Consortium announced the awarded workshops from its Climate Solutions Accelerator program. Eleven Penn State researchers were awarded funding to hold workshops in spring 2024 designed to engage a wide range of participants in creating and deploying climate change solutions.

Policy Brief: Women Grape and Wine Producers

April 10, 2024

Stephanie Buechler (Ag Sciences Global), Kathy Kelley (Plant Sciences), and Michaela Centinari (Plant Sciences), together with research assistants Zoelie Rivera and Sarah Peachey, developed a policy brief based on the findings of their interdisciplinary, applied project, 'Women Grape and Wine Producers in Pennsylvania, USA and Mendoza, Argentina: Meeting Sustainability Challenges through Networks.'

Hughes named recipient of Kopp International Faculty Achievement Award

April 5, 2024

David Hughes, Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Global Food Security and professor of entomology in the College of Agricultural Sciences and biology in the Eberly College of Science, is the recipient of the 2024 W. LaMarr Kopp International Faculty Achievement Award.

Innovation linked to international exports for both rural and urban firms

April 5, 2024

The team — led by Luyi Han, a postdoctoral researcher in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences — examined the effect of several factors on a firm’s decision to engage in international trade, including innovation activities, owner characteristics and firm characteristics. They found that firms, or for-profit commercial enterprises, that are more innovative are more likely to engage in exports, as are older and larger firms or those with multiple owners.

Novel method to measure root depth may lead to more resilient crops

March 26, 2024

In findings recently published in Crop Science, they describe a process in which the depth of plant roots can be accurately estimated by scanning leaves with X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, a process that detects chemical elements in the foliage. The method recognizes that roots take up elements they encounter, depending on the depth they reach, and a correlation exists between chemical elements in the leaves and root depth.

Forest, stream habitats keep energy exchanges in balance, global team finds

March 26, 2024

An international team led by Penn State researchers has now found that these ecosystems appear to keep the energy exchanges in balance — a finding that the scientists called surprising.

Common plant could help reduce food insecurity, researchers find

March 5, 2024

An often-overlooked water plant that can double its biomass in two days, capture nitrogen from the air — making it a valuable green fertilizer — and be fed to poultry and livestock could serve as life-saving food for humans in the event of a catastrophe or disaster, a new study led by Penn State researchers suggests

Ag Sciences Global to host a four-part virtual food-security seminar series

March 5, 2024

The college’s Ag Sciences Global unit received a Gilman International Scholarship Grant from the U.S. Department of State to present the Gilman Global Food Security Virtual Seminar, which will be held beginning at 1 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 23, March 29 and April 26.

Schreyer Institute names 2023-24 Teaching and Learning Scholarship grantees

January 23, 2024

Noel Habashy, College of Agricultural Sciences, University Park campus. “Exploding Silos: Fostering Integrative Thinking through Co-Curricular Global Learning” at AAC&U Conference on Global Learning.

Donors create international travel endowment to honor lifelong friend, ag alumna

January 19, 2024

In honor and memory of their dear friend, a Penn State alumna who died in 2022 at the age of 90, Helen and Steve Schreiner have created the Dr. Marion P. Cullen International Travel Endowment in Animal Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. The endowment will provide scholarships for undergraduate students in animal science who have financial need and are participating in a study abroad experience.

College of Ag Sciences student aspires to drive innovation in climate solutions

January 18, 2024

The environmental resource management major offered by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences helps to prepare students for impactful careers centered on environmental protection and sustainability.

Penn State senior aims to create positive impact through agricultural education

December 13, 2023

Senior Brandon Bixler has packed a lot of experiences into his four years at Penn State. From conducting undergraduate research in Nepal to being named a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, Bixler credits the support of faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the agricultural and extension education major with making his journey possible.

Deanna Behring appointed to National Science Foundation advisory committee

November 6, 2023

Deanna Behring, assistant dean for international programs and director of Ag Sciences Global in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been appointed to the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering for a three-year term beginning Nov. 1.

Penn State students attend Doctors in Italy pre-veterinary program

November 6, 2023

A group of Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences students recently traveled to Italy as part of the Doctors in Italy Fellowship Program’s annual pre-veterinary summer program.

'Growing Impact' examines landscape restoration in Malawi

November 6, 2023

The latest episode of "Growing Impact" discusses landscape restoration as a potential natural climate solution for Africa. The research team is using Malawi as a country case study because, like many countries in Africa, Malawi is facing environmental challenges including deforestation, soil erosion and unsustainable farming practices.

Two Penn Staters named finalists for Rhodes Scholarship

November 3, 2023

Two Penn Staters were named finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most sought-after international scholarships in the world. Scholars will be named in the coming weeks.

Cultivating connections: Penn State students make global bonds working in Uganda

October 17, 2023

Sarah Richards has big plans for her future — she wants to be a leader in finding new ways to help farmers grow food more sustainably, using tiny living things called microbes.

Penn State partners with Monash University for Australia water quality research

October 17, 2023

A group of Penn State students recently traveled to Australia as part of a partnership between Penn State and Monash University to conduct research aimed at better understanding sources of decreased water quality in watersheds, in addition to finding possible solutions.

TikTok may help farmers cultivate empathy around climate change

October 17, 2023

Farmers are used to growing crops and producing other goods, but a new study led by Penn State researchers suggests the social media platform TikTok may help them cultivate something new: empathy around the issue of climate change.

Penn State-led team to study climate-threatened Colombian Paramos’ soil microbes

October 17, 2023

The NSF-funded collaboration will focus on the high-altitude Andean biome that serves as a water source for humans, large storage of soil carbon and biodiversity hotspot

Grants awarded to Penn State faculty for tropical ecosystems research in Belize

October 17, 2023

A collaboration among scientists from Penn State and the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) is aimed at developing agroforestry systems for Belize and Central America to support sustainable development while conserving the rainforest.

College of Ag welcomes new Fulbright scholar from Ukraine

October 16, 2023

Welcome to the college’s new Ukraine Fulbright Scholar!

Food pantry in the College of Ag Sciences aims to curb food insecurity on campus

October 10, 2023

Food insecurity often remains a hidden struggle among college students, including those attending Penn State. However, a new initiative in the College of Agricultural Sciences is aimed at tackling this issue — a food pantry designed to provide support.

Penn State receives $3M grant to address insect biodiversity crisis

September 5, 2023

A team of Penn State researchers has received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to spearhead a new initiative to create novel monitoring systems for insect populations, many of which are experiencing dramatic changes across the globe due to changes in land use, pollution and climate change.

Select microgreens in custom diet may help deliver desired nutrients

September 5, 2023

A diet including a carefully selected assortment of microgreens may help address an individual’s nutritional deficiencies, according to a Penn State researcher who led an international team that evaluated the mineral content in young specimens of many different plant species.

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