Plant molecular geneticists discover, and begin to crack, the epigenetic code

August 16, 2022

When plants sense environmental challenges such as drought or extended periods of extreme temperatures, they instinctively reprogram their genetic material to survive and even thrive. The chemical code that triggers those changes can be deciphered and then duplicated to breed more vigorous, productive and resilient crops. That’s the conclusion of a team of Penn State molecular plant geneticists that conducted the first-ever study of those reprogramming effects and discovered that “epigenetic reprogramming” code, which results in the expressing and over expressing of some genes and the silencing of others.

Pulsed light technology effectively kills harmful pathogens in new study

August 16, 2022

A light-based food sanitization technique successfully eliminated multiple harmful pathogens in a new study carried out by Penn State researchers.

Alumna honors mother through scholarship, memorial tree, seat wall at Arboretum

August 15, 2022

To honor her mother’s legacy, Tina Terrell committed $80,000 to create the Lucille Terrell MANRRS Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences, designate a scarlet oak in The Arboretum at Penn State as “Lucille’s Tree” and name one of the Arboretum’s future Fountain Garden seat walls in her honor.

Penn State Extension’s water resources team earns national award

August 15, 2022

Members of Penn State Extension’s water resources team recently earned a Gold Award from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals for the publication “Simple Solutions for Your Eroding Backyard Stream,” a resource developed in conjunction with Extension’s Backyard Stream Repair Program.

Reviving the ‘lost’ map of Pennsylvania’s 86,000 stream miles

August 15, 2022

Interested in exploring new fishing, boating or hiking spots? Curious about how water connects throughout the state? A map featuring Pennsylvania’s 86,000 stream miles is available from Penn State Extension.

Plant pathologist Donald Davis retiring from Penn State after more than 50 years

August 12, 2022

Donald Davis, professor of plant pathology and environmental microbiology, is retiring after a career spanning more than 50 years in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Berkey Creamery flavor marks College of Earth and Mineral Sciences milestone

August 12, 2022

Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Berkey Creamery have partnered to commemorate the college’s 125th anniversary by sponsoring the popular flavor, “Bittersweet Mint,” as “Earth and MINTeral Sciences Bittersweet Mint” from August to October.

Land-use webinar to focus on dealing with difficult issues

August 11, 2022

Increasingly, local governments and communities are managing contentious and rapidly changing issues, according to Penn State Extension educators, who will offer a webinar at noon, Aug. 17, focused on dealing with difficult issues.   

Officials to address agricultural issues and policy matters at Ag Progress Days

August 2, 2022

Governmental officials and industry representatives will join academic leaders and experts to discuss a wide range of issues and policies affecting Pennsylvania agriculture during several events at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug.9-11.

Undergrads to present research at public symposium on climate science, solutions

July 29, 2022

Four summer research programs that task undergraduate students with exploring pressing research related to climate science and solutions are culminating in a combined event that is open to the public. These Penn State programs are hosting their final symposium Thursday, Aug. 4, in the Steidle Building Atrium on the University Park campus.

Ag Progress Days highlights climate-smart ag, animal health, spotted lanternfly

July 29, 2022

Climate-smart agriculture, animal health issues such as avian influenza, vector-borne diseases and the spread of the spotted lanternfly will be the focus of displays and presentations at the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building and Theater during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 9-11.

Researchers get $2M NSF grant to develop Africa water-food-energy network

July 29, 2022

A team of Penn State researchers has received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a three-institution team developing the “SustainFood Network,” which will link scientists, communities and policymakers in addressing challenges at the nexus of water, energy and food security in Africa.

After a two-year hiatus, College of Ag Sciences resumes study abroad programs

July 28, 2022

After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences once again are taking advantage of study abroad opportunities. In the spring semester, students visited countries around the world, including Spain, Ireland, Germany and Kenya.

Learn about food, families and health at Ag Progress Days Aug. 9-11

July 28, 2022

From strawberry salsa to sun protection, the Family Room Building will offer a range of health and wellness education during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, Aug. 9-11.

Researchers get $2M NSF grant to develop Africa water-food-energy network

July 27, 2022

A researcher in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a three-institution team developing the “Sustainfood Network,” which links scientists, communities and policymakers to address challenges in Africa at the nexus of water, energy and food security.

Grain storage hazards the focus of Ag Progress Days' farm safety demonstrations

July 27, 2022

Visitors to the Farm Safety Demonstration Area at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, Aug. 9-11, can learn about the hazards of flowing grain in confined-space grain storages and best practices to avoid and respond to entrapment risks.

Explore intersection of science, history at Pasto Museum during Ag Progress Days

July 27, 2022

Visitors to the Pasto Agricultural Museum during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, Aug. 9-11, can explore the intersection of science and history.

4-H Youth Building to offer hands-on activities during Ag Progress Days

July 25, 2022

From raising livestock to programming robots, 4-H offers a learning experience for everyone, and the 4-H Youth Building at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, Aug. 9-11, will introduce kids of all ages to the many facets of 4-H, according to organizers in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

4-H Youth Building offers hands-on activities during Ag Progress Days

July 25, 2022

From raising livestock to programming robots, 4-H offers a learning experience for everyone, and the 4-H Youth Building at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, Aug. 9-11, will introduce kids of all ages to the many facets of 4-H, according to organizers in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Ag Progress Days to feature crop exhibits, renewable energy and hay contest

July 25, 2022

A wide variety of crop management, wildlife and conservation education, as well as the signature hay show, will take place in and around the J.D. Harrington Crops, Soils and Conservation Building during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, Aug. 9-11.   

Expert gardening advice available at Ag Progress Days Yard and Garden Area

July 22, 2022

Need advice on plant or pest problems? A team of Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences experts will be available for consultation in the Yard and Garden Area during Ag Progress Days, Aug. 9-11.  

'Produce Pointers' podcast delivers timely information for growers

July 22, 2022

A new Penn State Extension podcast is aimed at helping Pennsylvania produce growers make timely crop management decisions. The "Produce Pointers" podcast provides another avenue for the vegetable and small-fruit industry to access quick updates on plant diseases and pests throughout Pennsylvania.

Ag Progress Days tours cover livestock, forest management, water quality

July 21, 2022

Livestock studies, pasture systems, forest management and water quality will be among the topics featured on several research and educational tours offered during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 9-11 at Rock Springs.

Torrey pine genetic research may benefit efforts to save chestnut, ash trees

July 20, 2022

A new genomic study of the rarest pine tree in the world, the Torrey pine, aimed at bolstering the case for a genetic rescue of the species barely surviving in the western U.S., revealed the complexity and risk associated with the endeavor. However, a tree geneticist at Penn State who oversaw the research suggests it may benefit efforts she is involved in to save other species in the East.

Water community introduces new council members, director of research

July 18, 2022

New members were elected to the Penn State Water Council and a new director of research was announced for the emerging Water Consortium.

Agricultural engineers design early step for robotic, green-fruit thinning

July 18, 2022

Penn State agricultural engineers have developed, for the first time, a prototype “end-effector” capable of deftly removing unwanted apples from trees — the first step toward robotic, green-fruit thinning.

Two Pennsylvania 4-H’ers selected for camp through 4-H Military Partnership

July 13, 2022

Two Carbon County 4-H’ers recently attended an all-expenses-paid 4-H camp in Hawaii through the 4-H Military Partnership, a collaboration of military and land-grant university partners who integrate research-based programs and resources to support military-connected youth, families and communities.

21 graduate students receive National Science Foundation Grad Fellowship

July 12, 2022

The Graduate School at Penn State welcomes 21 new National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients for the 2022-23 academic year. These students join 59 prior recipients continuing in the University’s graduate degree programs.

Rasgon named Huck Chair of Disease Epidemiology and Biotechnology

July 12, 2022

Jason Rasgon, professor of entomology and disease epidemiology, has been named Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Disease Epidemiology and Biotechnology. 

Land-use webinar to focus on planning needs of rural communities

July 12, 2022

A Penn State Extension webinar will focus on a recent research report from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania and the evolving role of counties in meeting the planning needs of rural communities.

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