Phys.org: Unique study of isolated bobcat population confirms accuracy of extinction model

February 19, 2021

Duane Diefenbach, adjunct professor of wildlife ecology, comments on recently published research that he co-led. Similar coverage appeared in Science Daily, Science Codex and Morning Ag Clips.

The Science Times: Natural gas compressor noise impacts songbirds’ reproductive success

February 18, 2021

Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources, and Julian Avery, associate research professor of wildlife ecology and conservation, describe their study, which found that bluebirds and tree swallows nesting in noisy boxes spent less time incubating their eggs, had fewer eggs hatch and produced fewer young than their neighbors nesting in quiet boxes. Similar coverage appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot-News (PennLive.com) and Morning Ag Clips.

Morning Ag Clips: Upon retirement, Arboretum's founding director leaves growing legacy

February 18, 2021

This article commemorating the retirement of Kim Steiner, professor of forest biology and director of The Arboretum at Penn State, also quotes Dean Rick Roush, President Eric Barron and Provost Nick Jones.

Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks commissioners meeting turns into a bunny hop

February 18, 2021

This coverage of a Bucks County Commissioners meeting quotes Sarah Gregory, 4-H extension educator, and features several 4-H members who were unable to show their rabbits at the Pennsylvania Farm Show because of the show's move to a virtual event.

Newsday, Long Island, N.Y.: The coronavirus may not be able to mutate beyond control

February 17, 2021

This article quotes Andrew Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and director of the Huck Institutes.

On the Farm Radio newsletter: Beekeeping is big business in U.S.

February 16, 2021

“Our study showcases the increasing importance of pollinators to supporting U.S. agricultural systems, particularly for the foods that are vital for healthy diets,” says Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research. Similar coverage appeared in the National Science Foundation news blog.

Bedford Gazette: Changing cropping systems in impaired watersheds can produce water quality gains

February 16, 2021

This story features research conducted by Patrick Drohan, associate professor of pedology, and Fei Jiang, a recent soil science doctoral degree graduate.

AZoLifeSciences.com: Rebuilding soil microbiomes becomes challenging in high- tunnel soils with salt and nitrogen

February 12, 2021

This story quotes Laura Kaminsky, doctoral candidate in plant pathology, and Terrence Bell, assistant professor of phytobiomes.

Lancaster Farming: Setting up online sales for long-term success

February 12, 2021

John Wodehouse, Maria Graziani and Anne Miller, business management extension educators, and Lynn Kime, senior extension associate in agricultural economics, offer advice for producers in establishing and maintaining profitable online sales and delivery operations.

Futurity: Summer weather sways honey bees' winter survival

February 11, 2021

Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology, and colleagues explain their study, which found that honey bee winter survival is strongly influenced by summer weather conditions in the previous year. Similar coverage appeared in Morning Ag Clips.

Morning Ag Clips: Changing cropping systems in impaired watersheds can produce water quality gains

February 10, 2021

Patrick Drohan, associate professor of pedology, and Fei Jiang, a recent soil science doctoral degree graduate, describe their recently published research.

Lancaster Farming: Choosing and using eggs -- How to determine fertilization or freshness

February 10, 2021

This coverage of two Penn State Extension webinars held during the virtual Pennsylvania Farm Show quotes poultry extension educators Emily Shoop and Gregory Martin.

The Packer: How to ensure online, distribution, delivery services are profitable

February 10, 2021

This coverage of online sessions at the virtual Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Growers Convention quotes business development extension educators Maria Graziani, Anne Miller and John Wodehouse.

Hortidaily.com: Study on rebuilding soil microbiomes in high-tunnel agriculture

February 10, 2021

Laura Kaminsky, doctoral candidate in plant pathology, and Terrence Bell, assistant professor of phytobiomes, are quoted about their recently published study. This story also appeared in Phys.org, Morning Ag Clips and BrightSurf Science News.

National Public Radio: Vaccines could drive the evolution of more COVID-19 mutants

February 9, 2021

Andrew Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, comments on how vaccines might affect the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants.

Hagerstown (Md.) Herald-Mail: How to understand information on seed packets

February 8, 2021

This column was authored by Annette MaCoy, Master Gardener coordinator in Franklin County.

Hoard's Dairyman: Common Threads -- February 2021

February 8, 2021

In this column, Marilyn Hershey, a Pennsylvania dairy farmer, offers a testimonial about the value of Penn State's land-grant research, extension and educational programs.

Morning Ag Clips: Research aims to improve air quality in cage-free poultry houses

February 4, 2021

Eileen Fabian, professor of agricultural engineering and environmental biophysics, says poor poultry house ventilation can lead to an unhealthy indoor environment for birds and workers.

Morning Ag Clips: Penn State entomologists devise a system to control mushroom phorid flies

February 2, 2021

Mike Wolfin, postdoctoral scholar in entomology, Tom Baker, distinguished professor of entomology and chemical ecology, and Nina Jenkins, research professor of entomology, discuss the effort to find solutions to phorid fly infestations at mushroom farms and in surrounding neighborhoods.

AgDaily.com: Newly discovered trait helps plants grow deeper roots in dry soil

February 2, 2021

This story quotes Jonathan Lynch, distinguished professor of plant nutrition, and Hannah Schneider, postdoctoral scholar in plant science. Similar coverage appeared in Seed World, Morning Ag Clips, No-Till Farmer and Anthropocene.

Spotlight PA (via Philadelphia Inquirer): Stress, delays, and confusion still plague jobless in Pennsylvania, and January brought little relief

February 1, 2021

Tim Kelsey, professor of agricultural economics and co-director of the Center for Economic and Community Development, comments on how pandemic unemployment has affected minority populations. Spotlight PA is a reporting partnership among the Philadelphia Inquirer, PennLive/Harrisburg Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media, Harrisburg.

The Mercury, Pottstown: How well do you know the spotted lanternfly? [Quiz]

January 29, 2021

This feature includes a quiz that uses information from Penn State spotted lanternfly experts.

The Ithaca Voice: Almost everything you need to know about the Spotted Lanternfly

January 28, 2021

Heather Leach, extension associate in entomology, and Kelli Hoover, professor of entomology, provide an overview of spotted lanternfly damage, behavior, biology and control.

Meadville Tribune: Cambridge Springs grad knows his academic 'turf'

January 28, 2021

This story, which also appeared in Lancaster Farming and Lancaster Newspapers, profiles turfgrass science major Ryan Welker and highlights the internship experience that won him an Ag Sciences Alumni Society Internship Award.

Latrobe Bulletin: Penn State Extension, PUC partnership instrumental in expanding broadband access

January 28, 2021

Brent Hales, director of Penn State Extension, Harry Crissy, extension educator in business and community vitality, Tom Beresnyak, client relationship manager for extension's Area 6, and Jim Ladlee, extension assistant director for energy, business and community vitality programs, talk about the collaborative effort to secure funding for broadband expansion in Pennsylvania. This story also appeared in Morning Ag Clips.

The Western Producer (Canada): Aspirin may ease calving stress in dairy cows

January 28, 2021

This article quotes Adrian Barragan, clinical assistant professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences, about a recently published study he led.

Chicago Sun-Times: Mushrooms have a multitude of unique health benefits

January 26, 2021

This article quotes Bob Beelman, professor emeritus of food science and director of the Penn State Center for Plant and Mushroom Products for Health, who recommends consuming about three ounces of button mushrooms, or one ounce of specialty mushrooms -- such as shitake, oyster or maitake -- daily.

Daily Mail (U.K.): Quarter of wild bee species worldwide have VANISHED in the last 30 years as scientists hint at coming 'cataclysm' for the vital pollinators

January 22, 2021

This story quotes Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology, who says research has shown that the most critical factor influencing wild bees was the weather -- particularly changes to temperature and rainfall.

Allegheny Front (Pittsburgh-based public media program): Fears of harm from solar panels disproven by science

January 22, 2021

This story includes comments from Dan Brockett, community development and energy extension educator.

Lancaster Farming: Does your backyard stream need rehab?

January 22, 2021

This coverage of a Penn State Extension webinar quotes Tyler Groh, assistant research professor and watershed management extension specialist, and Danielle Rhea, water resources extension educator.

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