Snap Shot: A New Home for Education and Research

Faculty, staff, students, University and government leaders, and others celebrated the opening of the new Animal, Veterinary, and Biomedical Sciences Building on December 1, 2021.

The Interview: Blair Siegfried

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and Director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station

Redistributing Crops

Changing cropping systems in impaired watersheds can produce water quality gains in the Chesapeake Bay.

Cocoa Cure

Dietary cocoa improves the health of obese mice and may have implications for humans.

Under Cover

Salt and nitrogen make rebuilding soil microbiomes in high tunnels a challenge.

Automated Harvesting

Researchers Long He, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, and Mingsen Huang, visiting doctoral student, created a robotic mushroom picker and demonstrated its effectiveness for the automated harvesting of button mushrooms.

Pinpointing a Pig Pathogen

Researchers create a diagnostic test to identify a bacterium that infects swine.

Invertebrate Extinction

Loss of biodiversity in streams threatens vital biological process.

Food Insecurity in the City

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

Social Implications of Cellular Ag

Cellular agriculture development has the potential to change the food industry and society.

Good Things Come in Small Packages

Small farms have a large impact on Pennsylvania's economy.

Studying Sorghum

Disease resistance in sorghum germplasm lines is gauged for production on Pennsylvania farms.

A Career Marked by Groundbreaking Research and Leadership

Terry Etherton retires after more than 40 years in the Department of Animal Science.

Building the Hive

Entomologist Christina Grozinger broadens her research directions and collaborations after discovering the paramount importance of climate change on pollinator health.

Waste Not, Want Not

Food waste affects more than Americans' wallets; it also has implications for their health and the environment.

Solving the Puzzle

Scientists in the college are researching "climate-smart" practices to help position farmers for success in a changing climate.

The Last Word: Building Solutions

Tackling our most pressing problems requires focusing on complex multisystem interactions.

So Long Spotted Lanternfly

Researchers devise creative ways to defeat a destructive pest.

Past Time For Change

In the wake of a series of racial hate crimes in the United States, Penn State and the College of Agricultural Sciences are elevating their commitment to providing an environment where everyone feels welcome and supported.

Course Change

Instructors in the college respond to the pandemic with new and improved ways of engaging with students.

Snap Shot: Snow Day

Nestled on 16 rolling acres, the original swine facility was opened in 1958 and has provided swine education to Pennsylvanians for decades.

The Interview: Adele Turzillo

Adele Turzillo, most recently the vice president for animal agriculture systems at the World Wildlife Fund and before that the division director for animal systems at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, was named head of the Department of Animal Science in November.

"Farm-Tuning" Yields Best Results

Cover crop mixtures must be "farm-tuned" to provide maximum ecosystem services.

No Bark No Bite

Researchers find contents of mulch bags don't match claims.

A Promising New Filter

Biochar from ag waste products can adsorb contaminants in wastewater.

Boosting Frost Resistance

Flavonoid compounds produced by the roots of some sorghum plants positively affect soil microorganisms, which may help the crop to be more hardy, according to researchers who suggest the discovery is an early step in developing a frost-resistant line of the valuable crop for North American farmers.

Tuberculosis by Proxy

Tuberculosis spread from animals to humans is greater than previously thought.

The Secret Lives of Insects
On the Rise

Exposure of dairy cows to heavy metals through drinking water worsens the antibiotic-resistant-pathogen crisis.

An Assault on the Senses

Investigating Smell and Taste Loss from COVID-19