Phys.org: Lanternfly's attraction to vertical silhouettes could help monitor, trap it

March 30, 2021

Exploiting the spotted lanternfly's attraction to vertical objects such as telephone poles could help in tracking and controlling the pest, says Tom Baker, distinguished professor of entomology and chemical ecology. Similar coverage appeared in Morning Ag Clips.

The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast, Toronto, Canada: Growing blueberries

March 30, 2021

Kathy Demchak, senior extension associate in plant science, offers recommendations for growing blueberries successfully.

WHYY-FM, Philadelphia: Regional Roundup – 3/29/21

March 29, 2021

At the 32:30 mark of this radio program, Emelie Swackhamer, horticulture extension educator, provides advice on managing spotted lanternfly infestations.

New York Times: Can’t take the heat? A taste for spicy foods can be learned.

March 27, 2021

John Hayes, professor of food science and director of the Sensory Evaluation Center, says it's possible to build a tolerance for hot, spicy foods.

Newser: Something is rapidly killing America's apple trees

March 27, 2021

This summary quotes Kari Peter, tree-fruit pathologist at the Fruit Research and Extension Center, about rapid apple decline.

NJ Advance Media via NJ.com: A mysterious ‘worm tornado’ invaded this N.J. sidewalk. Here’s why.

March 26, 2021

Mary Ann Bruns, professor of soil microbiology and biogeochemistry, comments about the phenomenon of worm “swarming.”

ABC27.com (WHTM-TV), Harrisburg: National Nutrition Month -- Healthy eating guidelines

March 26, 2021

Lynn James, extension registered dietician, says individual biology and lifestyle influence what people should be eating, but there are some general guidelines that everyone should keep in mind.

Houston Chronicle: Don't create a buzz! What to do if you find a bee colony on your property

March 26, 2021

This story quotes Robyn Underwood, assistant research professor of entomology.

Harrisburg Patriot-News (via PennLive.com): New Penn State Master Gardeners program wants to teach folks how to grow food

March 26, 2021

Lori Voll-Wallace, Master Gardener coordinator for 15 counties in northern Pennsylvania, talks about the new "Seed to Supper" program kicking off this spring.

DuBois Courier Express: Area native is new Penn State Master Watershed Steward coordinator

March 26, 2021

This article profiles Travis Wingard, new Penn State Master Watershed Steward coordinator for the "PA Wilds" area.

WPMT-TV (Fox43), York: It's 'not if' but 'when' this pesky insect will spread across PA; here's how to eliminate the bug now

March 25, 2021

Heather Leach, spotted lanternfly extension associate, comments about the spread and management of SLF populations.

Harrisburg Patriot-News (via PennLive.com): Winter’s gone ... and for once, it wasn’t terrible for plants

March 25, 2021

This article quotes Mary Ann Ryan, consumer horticulture extension educator, and several Penn State Master Gardeners.

The National Tribune (Australia): Urban agriculture can help, but not solve, city food security problems

March 25, 2021

Christine Costello, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, comments on a recently published study that she led. This story also appeared in Science Magazine (U.K.), Science Codex, Phys.org, Mirage News (Australia), Morning Ag Clips and other outlets.

Los Angeles Times: You waste more than $1,000 of food a year. Chew on that

March 23, 2021

Ted Jaenicke, professor of agricultural economics, comments on his research quantifying household food waste. This column also appeared in several other outlets across the country.

Hay & Forage Grower: Have a plan for no-till seeding success

March 23, 2021

Sjoerd Duiker, professor of soil management and applied soil physics, offers tips for establishing no-till forage crops.

Allentown Morning Call: The spotted lanternfly spring hatch is coming. Have the permits state officials require worked to quell the spread?

March 23, 2021

Heather Leach, extension associate in entomology, says the natural spread of the spotted lanternfly is 5-10 miles per year, and “everything outside of that is human-assisted spread.”

Morning Ag Clips: Uniform drying time for goldenseal to enhance medicinal qualities of forest herb

March 23, 2021

This article quotes Eric Burkhart, associate teaching professor in ecosystem science and management and program director for Appalachian botany and ethnobotany at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center.

WNEP-TV, Wilkes-Barre: Spotted lanternfly spreading farther into our area

March 22, 2021

Diane Diffenderfer, Master Gardener coordinator in Wayne County, comments on the need to manage spotted lanternfly populations, starting with scraping and destroying egg masses.

Morning Ag Clips: PSU faculty member hosting a Marie Curie Fellow

March 22, 2021

Estelle Couradeau, assistant professor of soils and environmental microbiology, talks about how hosting a Marie Curie Fellow will allow her lab to collaborate with the lab of a renowned scientist in Spain.

Daily Collegian: How Penn State’s turfgrass science major allows students to pursue their passions

March 22, 2021

This article quotes Dianne Petrunak, academic adviser for the turfgrass science program, and senior turfgrass science majors Stephen Campbell, Trevor Watson and Billy Covert.

DuBois Courier Express: Hand-dipped ice cream is back at Berkey Creamery beginning March 22

March 22, 2021

Jim Brown, Creamery sales and marketing manager, comments on the return of hand-dipped ice cream, which was discontinued during most of the COVID-19 pandemic. This story also appeared in Morning Ag Clips.

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Master Gardeners to celebrate milestone for pollinator-friendly garden program

March 20, 2021

Home gardens play a key role in the survival of pollinators, says Connie Schmotzer, Penn State Master Gardener and coordinator of the Pollinator Garden Certification program. This story also appeared in the Bradford Era and Morning Ag Clips.

Lancaster Newspapers (via LancasterOnline): Local lanternfly population expected to be large this year, research helps growers guard crops

March 20, 2021

Heather Leach, extension associate in entomology, says she doesn't know whether eradication of the spotted lanternfly is even theoretically possible anymore. This article also quotes Lois Miklas, Master Gardener coordinator in Lancaster County.

Atlas Obscura: When life gave Pennsylvania spotted lanternflies, its bees made spotted lanternfly honey

March 20, 2021

Robyn Underwood, assistant research professor of entomology, explains how spotted lanternfly feeding on tree of heaven may affect the honey produced by honey bees.

Phys.org: Tool can provide swine producers with early diagnosis of often-fatal 'strep zoo'

March 18, 2021

Suresh Kuchipudi, clinical professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences, describes research to develop a novel assay to diagnose virulent Strep zoo in pigs. Similar coverage appeared in Morning Ag Clips, News-Medical.net and TechnologyNetworks.com.

Farm and Dairy: Chickens, praying mantises could be lanternflies’ enemies

March 18, 2021

Anne Johnson, doctoral candidate in entomology, and Kelli Hoover, professor of entomology, discuss results to date of a study that has enlisted citizen scientists to submit photos and observations of spotted lanternfly predators. Similar coverage appeared in Phys.org and Morning Ag Clips.

Centre Daily Times, State College: Got a craving for hand-dipped ice cream? Penn State’s Berkey Creamery making changes for Monday

March 18, 2021

This story quotes Jim Brown, Creamery sales and marketing manager.

Titusville Herald: Wildfire season has arrived in the region

March 18, 2021

Scott Weikert, forest resources extension educator, provides tips for avoiding brush fires.

WTAJ-TV, Altoona: Penn State Berkey Creamery’s annual Flavor Madness contest returns

March 17, 2021

The anchors discuss the Creamery's annual Flavor Madness promotion. A story also appeared in the DuBois Courier-Express.

Today.com, via MSN.com: These fruits and vegetables contain the most pesticides, ‘Dirty Dozen’ report finds

March 17, 2021

This article quotes Josh Lambert, professor of food science.

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