Ag Science Magazine

Fall/Winter 2018

College Briefs

Stop the Spread

Their invasion of America is causing quite a commotion, but not in a cool "Beatlemania" way.

Where's the Beef?

There are more than 500,000 dairy cows in the state, and all eventually will enter the beef supply.

Chew on This

Nearly 15 percent of all chewing gum varieties sold promise to provide health-enhancing supplements to users.

Boosting Vitamin K

Researchers discover a new way to make vitamin K that promises to cut costs.

Getting the Lead Out

Undergraduate researchers investigate methods for removing lead from water.

Natural Filter

Soil may be a natural filter that can act as a tertiary treatment for treated wastewater, preventing antibiotics from contaminating groundwater, according to college researchers who conducted a study at Penn State's Living Filter.

Not Just Hot Air

Leading the world-wide effort to get a better handle on enteric methane (CH4) emissions, an international consortium of researchers devised more accurate models to estimate the amount of the greenhouse gas produced by dairy cattle.

Gluttonous Grubs

Researchers investigate new ways to control grubs on athletic fields.

International Programs Hosts Mandela Fellows

The college's Ag2Africa program hosts entrepreneurs from Africa for six weeks.

Itching to Solve A Mange Epidemic

Pennsylvania's black bear population is experiencing a mange epidemic, and a college research team of biologists, immunologists, and entomologists led by Erika Machtinger, assistant professor of entomology, is working with the state Game Commission to learn why.

Master Watershed Stewards Make a Difference

In a state with more than 12 million people and robust agricultural and resource-extraction industries, the water quality in Pennsylvania's more than 86,000 miles of streams and rivers is always a dicey proposition. But a statewide volunteer group marshaled by Penn State Extension is starting to make a difference.

Ancient Virus

Corncobs found at Ancestral Puebloan ruin reveal 1,000-year-old virus.