Reading Eagle: Could there be spotted lanternfly predators here?

October 4, 2020

This column about a new project enlisting citizen scientists in the search for spotted lanternfly predators quotes Kelli Hoover, professor of entomology.

The National Tribune (Australia): Harvesting vegetation on riparian buffers barely reduces water-quality benefits

October 3, 2020

Allowing farmers to harvest vegetation from their riparian buffers and sell it for biofuels would help persuade farmers to install such buffers, says Heather Preisendanz, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering. Similar coverage of this study appeared in Science Daily, Science Magazine (U.K.), Technology Times, Phys.org, Huntingdon Daily News, Morning Ag Clips and several other outlets.

Altoona Mirror: Fall back -- Recent cold snaps help kick off color change

October 3, 2020

Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology, comments on this year's fall foliage display.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: 4-H, FFA kids rely on private sales after fairs canceled this spring

October 2, 2020

This story quotes Lyndsey Androstic, 4-H extension educator.

Lancaster Farming: Taking soil samples for fertility analysis

October 2, 2020

Leon Ressler, agronomy extension educator, authored this article.

Today.com (NBC News): The magic of mushrooms -- Why they're the next big wellness trend

October 2, 2020

This story cites research conducted by Bob Beelman, professor emeritus of food science and director of the Center for Plant and Mushroom Products for Health.

Daily Collegian: Penn State professor receives position on Federal Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers

October 2, 2020

Elsa Sanchez, professor of horticultural systems management, talks about her recent appointment to a USDA advisory committee that addresses issues and obstacles faced by minority farmers.

Daily Local News, West Chester: Dinniman -- New findings in lanternfly research

October 1, 2020

This story describes research and extension efforts conducted by Julie Urban, research associate professor of entomology, and Heather Leach, spotted lanternfly extension associate. Similar coverage appeared in MyChesCo (Chester County).

Phys.org: Researchers hear more crickets and katydids 'singing in the suburbs'

October 1, 2020

D.J. McNeil, postdoctoral fellow in entomology, and Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology, say their study shows that the use of aural point count surveys — a method commonly used by wildlife biologists to study birds and other vertebrates by listening to their songs — can be effective in exploring the population dynamics of night-singing insect species. Similar coverage appeared in Science Daily, Science Magazine (U.K.), Science Codex, Morning Ag Clips and other outlets.

Talk Business & Politics (Arkansas): Thompson to head regional agri experiment group

October 1, 2020

This article features Gary Thompson, recently departed associate dean for research and graduate education.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Amish cheesemaker Goot Essa preserves tradition with cave-aged specialties and online sales

September 30, 2020

Kerry Kaylegian, associate research professor of food science, comments about the challenges posed to small cheese-making operations by the coronavirus pandemic.

Reading Eagle: Berks County native selected as vice president of Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

September 29, 2020

This article profiling Rick Kauffman, retired 4-H extension educator and Berks County extension director, also quotes Sen. Judy Schwank, former educator and county extension director, and Bob Leiby, former Lehigh County extension director and educator.

Somerset Daily American: Squash spotted lanternflies today for future food security

September 29, 2020

This story quotes Dean Rick Roush. Similar coverage appeared in Farm and Dairy and other outlets.

Lancaster Newspapers: Lancaster County's produce auctions get a boost during pandemic

September 29, 2020

Jeff Stoltzfus, farm food safety extension educator, says fresh-produce growers have reported a 40 percent increase in some of their sales this year.

Feedstuffs: Penn State adds to avian diagnostic capabilities

September 28, 2020

Suresh Kuchipudi, clinical professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences, talks about newly acquired poultry isolators, which will boost the Animal Diagnostic Lab's capacity to study avian infectious diseases. Similar coverage appeared in Morning Ag Clips.

Lancaster Farming: Mental health discussed by farmers, educators and medical professionals

September 27, 2020

This coverage of a state Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee hearing quotes Elise Gurgevich, Nutrition Links state coordinator.

Morning Ag Clips: Penn State Creamery fall contest aims to 'scoop and score' with fans

September 27, 2020

This story quotes Jim Brown, assistant manager of the creamery. Similar coverage appeared in the Huntingdon Daily News and the Daily Collegian.

Harrisburg Patriot-News (via PennLive.com): What eats spotted lanternflies?

September 25, 2020

This story about a new study looking at natural predators of the spotted lanternfly quotes Kelli Hoover, professor of entomology, Anne Johnson, doctoral candidate in entomology, and Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources. Similar coverage appeared in Farm and Dairy.

Wired: Why is it so hard to study COVID-related smell loss?

September 25, 2020

John Hayes, professor of food science and director of the Sensory Evaluation Center, talks about the challenges of studying the loss of smell associated with COVID-19 infection.

Huntingdon Daily News: Penn State testing new protocol for controlling oak wilt disease

September 24, 2020

Calvin Norman, extension forester and wildlife educator, says if not controlled, oak wilt, which has been found in a few urban communities, has the potential to infect and kill trees in Pennsylvania oak forests. This story also appeared in Morning Ag Clips.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (seattlepi.com): How the coronavirus spreads through the air -- 5 essential reads

September 24, 2020

This article, which appeared originally in The Conversation, quotes Beth McGraw, Huck Scholar in Entomology and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics.

Warren Times Observer: Scientist receives $1M grant to boost conservation

September 24, 2020

John Wallace, assistant professor of weed science, discusses a USDA-NIFA grant his research team recently received. This story also appeared in Morning Ag Clips.

DuBois Courier Express: Penn State researchers to study novel coronavirus potential to infect livestock

September 24, 2020

This story quotes Suresh Kuchipudi, clinical professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences and associate director of the Animal Diagnostic Lab.

FoxNews.com: Spotted lanternflies threatening apple orchards in Pennsylvania

September 24, 2020

This story cites a spotted lanternfly economic impact study led by Jay Harper, professor of agricultural economics and director of the Fruit Research and Extension Center.

WLVT-TV (PBS39), Bethlehem: Spotted lanternfly reports up 147%, PA Department of Agriculture says

September 23, 2020

Dean Rick Roush comments on the threat that the spotted lanternfly poses to Pennsylvania's agricultural economy.

Smithsonian Magazine: Can scientists stop the plague of the spotted lanternfly?

September 23, 2020

This article quotes, mentions and/or features photos of Heather Leach, entomology extension associate; Julie Urban, associate research professor of entomology; Erica Smyers, doctoral candidate in entomology; Alex Rowland, manager of the Spotted Lanternfly Call Center; Emma Thompson, call center representative; Lauren Briggs, spotted lanternfly research technologist; Drew Harner, doctoral candidate in horticulture; Liz Deecher, master's degree student in entomology; and Dana Roberts, former research technologist in entomology.

Harrisburg Patriot-News (via PennLive.com): Declining insect biodiversity draws attention of new Penn State center

September 22, 2020

Natalie Boyle, assistant research professor of entomology, and Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology, talk about the newly launched Insect Biodiversity Center. Similar coverage appeared in the Huntingdon Daily News, Lancaster Farming, the Daily Collegian, Morning Ag Clips and other outlets.

SevenFiftyDaily: When wine pros lose smell and taste to COVID-19

September 21, 2020

John Hayes, professor of food science, says loss of smell with COVID-19 occurs when the virus indirectly affects olfactory sensory neurons.

CNN.com: Burping cows are fueling the climate crisis. This company says it's got a solution

September 21, 2020

Alex Hristov, distinguished professor of dairy nutrition, comments on efforts to scale up production of a type of seaweed as a cattle feed supplement to reduce methane emissions from animal agriculture.

Daily Collegian: Penn State Arboretum's bird, pollinator garden construction continues

September 19, 2020

Kim Steiner, professor of forest biology and Arboretum director, Shari Edelson, the Arboretum’s director of operations, and Harland Patch, assistant research professor of entomology discuss the bird and pollinator garden now under development.

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