Research helps explain source of pathogen that causes bitter rot disease

August 13, 2020

A new way of looking at the fungal pathogen, Colletotrichum fioriniae, as a leaf endophyte — bacterial or fungal microorganisms that colonize healthy plant tissue — was the outcome of a two-year study conducted by researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Cover crop roots are an essential key to understanding ecosystem services

August 12, 2020

To judge the overall effectiveness of cover crops and choose those offering the most ecosystem services, agricultural scientists must consider the plants’ roots as well as above-ground biomass, according to Penn State researchers who tested the characteristics of cover crop roots in three monocultures and one mixture.

Etherton receives beef cattle organization's Industry Service Award

August 12, 2020

Terry Etherton, head of the Department of Animal Science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2020 Industry Service Award from the Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association at its recent annual meeting.

Animal science students place first in National Quadrathlon

August 12, 2020

Animal science students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences took first place in the American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon, held online in July as part of the American Society of Animal Science virtual annual meeting and trade show.

Forestry alumnus to receive 2020 Sir William Schlich Memorial Award

August 11, 2020

Richard Guldin, a 1970 graduate in forestry science from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been selected as the 2020 winner of the Sir William Schlich Memorial Award. The Schlich award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of forestry with emphasis on policy and national or international activities.

Brooks named Forensic Science program director

August 11, 2020

Jason W. Brooks, associate clinical professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences at Penn State, has been named director of the Forensic Science program in the Eberly College of Science’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, effective Sept. 14.

College of Ag Sciences students receive Gilman grant for international study

August 10, 2020

Two students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Janelle Answer and Justin Kurtz, have received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Flavonoids' presence in sorghum roots may lead to frost-resistant crop

August 10, 2020

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

Spotted lanternfly task force brings together expertise of scientists, agencies

August 7, 2020

Slowing the spread of the spotted lanternfly is the charge of the Cooperative Spotted Lanternfly Program in Pennsylvania. The task force includes scientists and extension specialists from the College of Agricultural Sciences, and government regulatory officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Land-use webinar to focus on zoning during the COVID-19 pandemic era

August 6, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, is it time to consider a wide range of changes in American zoning laws as potential steps to take in anticipation and preparation for future pandemics and other unprecedented public health emergencies? That question will be the topic of a web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension on Aug. 19.

4-H, Norris Square Community Alliance promote food security in Philadelphia

August 4, 2020

In June, Penn State Extension 4-H leaders partnered with Norris Square Community Alliance to deliver food, enrichment materials and messages of hope to families in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.

New ag engineering fabrication shop ready to enhance Penn State fruit research

August 4, 2020

Research aimed at helping growers improve efficiency, reduce costs and overcome labor shortages will be enhanced with the recent completion of a new agricultural engineering shop at Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center.

Penn State Microbiome Center and GALT enter collaboration to advance research

August 4, 2020

The Penn State Microbiome Center and General Automation Lab Technologies announced their collaboration to advance plant pathology, environmental microbiology and human gut microbiome studies.

Doctoral student chosen as finalist for John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

August 3, 2020

Brian Redder, a doctoral student studying soil science and biogeochemistry in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, was chosen by Pennsylvania Sea Grant to participate in the National Sea Grant's John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program, class of 2021.

Ag Progress Days virtual town hall will address COVID-19 impact on agriculture

July 31, 2020

The impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on agriculture in Pennsylvania will be the subject of an online town hall meeting at 2 p.m. Aug. 10, as part of Penn State's virtual Ag Progress Days exposition.

Ag Progress Days online expo features live webinars, virtual tours, education

July 30, 2020

The novel coronavirus pandemic will not stop Penn State's 2020 Ag Progress Days — scheduled for Aug. 9-12 — from providing educational activities, research tours and commercial interactions, even as the event shifts to a virtual format due to COVID-19 restrictions, according to organizers in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Researchers aim to create thriving agricultural systems in urbanizing landscapes

July 29, 2020

A team led by Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences researchers is almost a year into a five-year study aimed at creating economically and environmentally sustainable agricultural systems in the face of development pressures and other challenges of urbanization.

Penn State Extension offers education, testing for earthen-pond owners

July 28, 2020

A new grant will enable Penn State Extension to help earthen-pond owners understand and manage aquatic plant and algae problems and to provide them with free water testing.

Water-energy-food research event to explore US-Colombian partnership

July 27, 2020

As part of Penn State's ongoing support of research in the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus, an online information session focused specifically on WEF nexus efforts in Colombia will be held on Aug. 6.

Plant scientist receives grant to improve corn defenses against fall armyworm

July 24, 2020

Surinder Chopra, professor of maize genetics in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been awarded funding from the U.S Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study the improvement of corn defenses against the fall armyworm.

Novel cutting mechanism devised for automated, robotic apple-tree pruning system

July 24, 2020

The first robotic cutting mechanism — or “end-effector” — for a fully automated, computerized pruning system for modern apple orchards has been designed by a Penn State research team, an early step in the creation of a technology aimed at easing challenges facing tree-fruit growers.

Extension forum offers guidance and support on COVID-19 workplace protections

July 24, 2020

The fourth in a series of Penn State Extension grower forums on “Protecting Essential Agricultural Business Operations and Employee Health during COVID-19” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on July 30.

Post-9/11 veterans with moral injury are having trouble connecting to others

July 22, 2020

A recent study, led by researchers at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State, is the first to examine the relationship between moral injury and social well-being over a long period of time.

Correct dosage of methane-inhibiting additive in dairy cow feed shown in study

July 21, 2020

The optimum amount of a methane-inhibiting supplement in dairy cattle feed has been determined by an international team of researchers, indicating that widespread use of the compound could be an affordable climate change-battling strategy, if farmers embrace it.

Plant pathologist receives grant to develop disease management tools for wheat

July 21, 2020

Paul Esker, a plant pathologist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has received a $455,000 grant from the U.S Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support a five-year integrated research and extension project designed to improve management recommendations for wheat.

Harnessing biomass, manure to fuel farms through multi-institutional project

July 21, 2020

A $10 million federal grant will power a multi-institutional consortium aiming to create new value chains on U.S. farms, including methods for farmers to make more efficient use of resources with an emphasis on the generation of renewable natural gas, improved rural economic outcomes and protection of the environment.

10 alumni leaders appointed to Alumni Council

July 20, 2020

Ten alumni leaders have been voted onto Alumni Council -- the Alumni Association’s governing board and began their terms July 1. Listed are the 10 appointed alumni in alphabetical order, along with graduation year(s) and academic college:

Bridging divides: Penn State, Delta program partnership inspires youth activism

July 20, 2020

Penn State graduate students in an advanced course, titled “Applied Youth, Family and Community Education 535: Youth Civic Development,” served as civic engagement mentors to middle- and high-school students in “Bridging Divides: Exploring Diversity and Social Justice,” a class offered through the State College Area School District's Delta program.

Global COVID-19 impact on gender inequities in agriculture is focus of new blog

July 20, 2020

Reflecting on the challenges, but more importantly, the triumphs of women in agriculture in the era of COVID-19 was the impetus for the blog, “Gender, Food, Agriculture, and the Coronavirus,” created by gender scholars in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Climate scientists increasingly ignore ecological role of indigenous peoples

July 20, 2020

In their zeal to promote the importance of climate change as an ecological driver, climate scientists increasingly are ignoring the profound role that indigenous peoples played in fire and vegetation dynamics, not only in the eastern United States but worldwide, according to a Penn State researcher.

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