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Representation of colored stimuli used in conditioning trials.   Image: Molly Higgins / Penn State
November 15, 2018

Color can impact the taste of food, and our experiences and expectations can affect how we taste food, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest this may have implications for how food and beverage industries should market their products.

November 15, 2018

Nicole Webster, associate professor of youth and international development in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recounts her experience as the first black Fulbright scholar in Kosovo.

November 14, 2018

Food safety specialists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will collaborate with scientists at Addis Ababa University and Kansas State University in Ethiopia on a project to improvethe safety and quality of Ethiopian dairy foods.

With turkey serving as the centerpiece of the holiday meal table, it's important to prepare and cook it the right way for an enjoyable and safe experience for all.    Image: Sarah Pflug at Burst
November 13, 2018

Talking (Thanksgiving) turkey: Some methods of handling and cooking turkey, which have been passed down from generation to generation, may be setting the table for foodborne illness, according to a food safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Soybean was a logical crop on which to conduct the research. It is the most widely grown legume in the world. The research is important because it portends how crop yields and tolerance for conditions such as drought and extreme heat will be enhanced in the future, according to lead researcher Sally Mackenzie, professor in the departments of Biology and Plant Science at Penn State.   Image: Stephen Kirkpatrick / USDA National Resource Conservation Service
November 13, 2018

By temporarily silencing the expression of a critical gene, researchers fooled soybean plants into sensing they were under siege, encountering a wide range of stresses. Then, after selectively cross breeding those plants with the original stock, the progeny "remember" the stress-induced responses to become more vigorous, resilient and productive plants, according to a team of researchers.

An Anopheles freeborni mosquito takes a blood meal. Native to North America, An. freeborni is one species that researchers say could spread Mayaro virus in the United States.   Image: James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control
November 12, 2018

Mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles are well known as primary vectors of malaria. But a new study suggests that Anopheles species, including some found in the United States, also are capable of carrying and transmitting an emerging pathogen, Mayaro virus, which has caused outbreaks of disease in South America and the Caribbean.

Penn State MD/PhD student and Schreyer Scholar alumna Kristin Lambert, second from left, poses with her parents, Thomas and Brenda Lambert, and her fiancé, David Chismar. Kristin Lambert was the Schreyer Honors College’s 2018 Outstanding Mentor Award winner.   Image: Steve Tressler
November 12, 2018

Schreyer Scholar alumna and Penn State MD/PhD student Kristin Lambert aspires to practice bench-to-bedside medicine and to mentor current honors students.

A hibernating little brown bat showing the symptoms of white-nose syndrome.   Image: Marvin Moriarty/USFWS
November 12, 2018

Penn State research aimed at combating white-nose syndrome in bats has received funding from the Bats for the Future Fund. Virologist Marilyn Roossinck, professor of plant pathology and environmental microbiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, received a grant of more than $263,000 to study how a virus that infects the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome influences the virulence of the fungus.

A grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will enable Penn State researchers to explore whether high-resolution satellite imagery can accurately identify insect and disease damage to crops on small African farms.   Image: Courtesy of David Hughes
November 9, 2018

A research team in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Led by David Hughes, associate professor of entomology and biology, the group will study the potential role of satellites in diagnosing crop pest and disease problems on African smallholder farms.

Capturing carbon -- smoke stacks
November 9, 2018

Penn State researchers are working on new technology to capture CO2 before it gets into the atmosphere and either sequester it or use it to create new products. Part three of a five-part series.

An inaugural University-wide undergraduate research symposium will showcase work being conducted by women, minorities and first-year students in STEM fields.   Image: Penn State
November 8, 2018

An inaugural University-wide undergraduate research symposium will showcase work being conducted by women, minorities and first-year students in STEM fields. The event features research from more than 30 participants through Penn State’s WISER/MURE/FURP program. The symposium will be held from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the atrium of the Steidle Building on the University Park campus.

Katie Turner, a 2013 Penn State graduate in environmental resource management, is the Pennsylvania agricultural program manager for The Nature Conservancy.   Image: Katie Turner
November 7, 2018

Katie Turner, a 2013 Penn State graduate in environmental resource management, is putting her love of soil science to good use as the Pennsylvania agricultural program manager for The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental organization that serves the global community.

The Equine Alumni Affiliate Program Group is one of the newest official affiliates of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society.   Image: Penn State
November 6, 2018

The Equine Alumni Affiliate Program Group is one of the newest official affiliates of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society.

Dennis Hall and Sandra Parker Hall recently added $50,000 to The Sandra L. Parker and Dennis K. Hall Education Program Support to the Children’s Garden.   Image: Michael Houtz
November 6, 2018

Sandra Parker Hall and Dennis Hall recently added $50,000 to The Sandra L. Parker and Dennis K. Hall Education Program Support to the Children’s Garden, an endowment they created in 2014 for children and families who visit Childhood’s Gate at The Arboretum at Penn State.

Dan Eichenlaub, owner of Eichenlaub Inc., explains to Penn State agribusiness management students how his company is evaluating autonomous lawnmower technology to service lawn-maintenance customers. Students are helping Eichenlaub evaluate the mowers as an experiential-learning case study.   Image: Angela Barr, courtesy of Eichenlaub Inc.
November 5, 2018

Will customers of lawn-mowing services accept robotic, autonomous lawnmowers cutting the lawns at their homes with no human operator nearby? Eichenlaub Inc., an upscale landscape firm in Pittsburgh, is counting on agribusiness management students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to find out.

This research is a first step in exploring opportunities and challenges to developing animal agriculture in western Pennsylvania in a way that is both economically and environmentally sustainable. The region of Pennsylvania drained by the Ohio River provides additional opportunities for new animal agriculture facilities and related manure-management activities.   Image: Upsplash / Kelly Sikkema
November 5, 2018

To comply with nutrient-reduction goals in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, Pennsylvania may want to consider the establishment of animal agriculture operations in the western part of the state, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

The benefits of having a live Christmas tree outweigh any risks associated with pests, according to a Penn State Extension educator.   Image: Pexels
November 2, 2018

"Real trees are part of an outdoor ecosystem, and there is always a chance that insects may be brought indoors with a tree, and the spotted lanternfly is no exception," said Tanner Delvalle, a horticulture extension educator based in Berks and Schuylkill counties. "However, the risk is small and should not be a reason for anyone to forego having a live holiday tree."

The researchers assessed food safety behaviors at Pennsylvania farmers markets using direct concealed observations and state sanitarian observations. They checked select samples of leafy green produce and meat obtained from vendors for the presence of hygiene indicators such as fecal coliforms, Listeria, and E. coli.   Image: Joshua Scheinberg / Penn State
November 1, 2018

Many vendors at farmers markets take inadequate precautions to prevent the spread of foodborne illness, and they should be trained to reduce food-safety risks, according to Penn State researchers who completed the final phase of an innovative five-year study.

November 1, 2018

Tony Rice, a senior in agribusiness management in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was one of a select group of students who was given the opportunity to develop leadership skills and gain experience in the public-service sector as an intern at the White House and in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

November 1, 2018

How extensive shale gas development has affected agricultural communities will be the subject of a web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15.