Professor does it all: researches, communicates findings, designs products

There is a popular saying that contends, "You don't want to see how the sausage is made." But Jonathan Campbell, assistant professor of animal science at Penn State, doesn't buy it.

Penn State Extension changes aimed at enhancing program reach, customer service

Changes in operational structure and programming now underway will enhance the value of Penn State Extension to the Pennsylvania communities and clients it serves.

Researchers investigating status of goldenseal in Pennsylvania

Funded by a $50,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are conducting an 18-month study of the forest herb goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) in Pennsylvania.

Loerch named senior associate dean in College of Agricultural Sciences

Penn State has named Steven C. Loerch as senior associate dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences, effective Aug. 14. He will succeed Barbara Christ, who is retiring after 33 years as a faculty member and administrator with the college. She has served as senior associate dean since 2009.

Study demonstrates bed-bug biopesticide could defeat insecticide resistance

A fungal biopesticide that shows promise for the control of bed bugs is highly effective even against bed-bug populations that are insecticide resistant, according to research conducted by scientists at Penn State and North Carolina State universities. The study suggests that Aprehend, a mycoinsecticide developed at Penn State, likely will provide an important new tool for managing bed-bug infestations, which have surged in recent years.

Avian flu threat re-emerges as new outbreaks are reported in U.S. flocks

Poultry and animal disease experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are urging commercial poultry producers and small-flock owners in Pennsylvania to ramp up their vigilance and biosecurity in the wake of recent outbreaks of avian influenza in several states.

Energy crop production on conservation lands may not boost greenhouse gases

Growing sustainable energy crops without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, may be possible on seasonally wet, environmentally sensitive landscapes, according to researchers who conducted a study on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land.

Conference report sees farmers playing key role in meeting water-quality goals

Because of a new narrative of stewardship, Pennsylvania farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will be persuaded to look at conservation not as something they have to do but rather something they want to do.

New facility spawns enhancements to Penn State mushroom research

New construction and renovations are giving a boost to Penn State research and extension programming related to mushrooms, one of Pennsylvania's top agricultural crops.

Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading

"Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population." This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging this assertion and suggesting a new vision for the future of agriculture.

Penn State forest economist helping to propel African croton biofuel effort

Africa and agroforestry -- defined as agriculture that incorporates the cultivation and conservation of trees -- are in Penn State professor Michael Jacobson's blood, and the combination has helped shape his career. In turn, the forest economist has played an important role in launching a tree-based biofuel initiative that has major implications for the continent and its millions of subsistence farmers.

Three-way dance between herbivores, plants and microbes unveiled

What looks like a caterpillar chewing on a leaf or a beetle consuming fruit is likely a three-way battle that benefits most, if not all of the players involved, according to a Penn State entomologist.

Penn State helps to develop food safety training program in Armenia

A program developed by Penn State food scientists is training students in Armenia on food safety practices and procedures, with an eye toward improving the safety of the country's food supply chain — from crop production and processing to packaging, handling, marketing and consumption.

Student Stories: CED major explores urban ag at Penn State Philadelphia Center

“Urban agriculture” isn’t a well-known concept, but Sara Touey plans to change that. Touey, a Community, Environment, and Development major in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences interned at the Penn State Center in Philadelphia, studying urban farming.

How best to treat infections and tumors

A new research analysis provides physicians and patients with new information to help them make difficult decisions about how to treat tumors and infections. The research identifies the factors that determine which of two possible approaches will best improve a patient's outcomes: containing a tumor or infection at tolerable levels, or aggressive treatments aimed at eliminating as much of the tumor or infection as possible.

Penn State creates new center for microbiome research

A University-wide effort to promote the study of microbiomes at Penn State has led to the creation of a center for microbiome research, a fast-growing area of scientific inquiry. Microbiomes are the communities of microorganisms that live on or in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere.

From strangers to business partners: Internship plants seeds of collaboration

Although Alyssa Gurkis and Hayly Hoch are both students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, they didn’t know each other when they embarked on a 10-week food-system internship last summer with Penn State Extension-Allegheny County. Now they’re close friends, roommates, and collaborators on a food-system project of their own.

Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses

A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops — such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits — to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Considering cattle could help eliminate malaria in India

The goal of eliminating malaria in countries like India could be more achievable if mosquito-control efforts take into account the relationship between mosquitoes and cattle, according to an international team of researchers.

Researchers receive $7 million grant to develop deeper crop roots

Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have received a $7 million dollar grant to design a low-cost, integrated system that can identify and screen for high-yielding, deeper-rooted crops. The interdisciplinary team will combine a suite of technologies designed to identify phenotypes and genes related to desirable root traits, with the goal of enhancing the breeding of crop varieties better adapted for nitrogen and water acquisition and carbon sequestration.

Penn State students receive scholarships at 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show

Seventeen Penn State students, including 13 enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences, were among 28 who received scholarships from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation during the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The foundation awards scholarships to young people who are registered in a post-secondary educational institution and who have exhibited at the Farm Show. To be chosen, students must exhibit leadership qualities and excellent academic performance, according to the foundation.

Researchers receive $3.6 million to study genetics of plant disease resistance

A $3.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation will support a new research project aimed at pinpointing the genes that confer disease resistance in cacao. The ultimate goal of the four-year study is to develop a new approach that plant scientists and breeders can use to identify the genetic basis for disease resistance in a variety of perennial crops.

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