Sensory tests suggest 'liking' wines made with native grapes a learned response

March 6, 2019

Consumer preference or aversion to wines made from native grapes — such as Concord, Niagara and Catawba, which are grown in North America — may depend on early exposure to the fruits' sweet, ultra "grapey" taste and aroma, according to researchers who conducted sensory tests with wine drinkers in Pennsylvania and California.

Agribusiness student talks lab-grown meat with industry leaders

March 4, 2019

Tony Rice, a senior agribusiness management student in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, studied “meat” made in the lab and not from animals, and grew increasingly committed to understanding its potential to enhance agricultural production.

Methane migration, water chemistry changes are focus of shale gas webinar

March 4, 2019

Methane migration into water resources in Pennsylvania will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

Harper to take the reins at Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center

March 1, 2019

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has named Jayson Harper, professor of agricultural economics, as interim director of the college's Fruit Research and Extension Center, effective March 1.

Penn State Extension educator honored by sports turf organization

March 1, 2019

Jeffrey Fowler, Penn State Extension senior horticulture educator who specializes primarily in turfgrass, received a Sports Turf Managers Association Founders Award at the organization's recent conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

International academic exchange program at Penn State promotes peace, research

March 1, 2019

As part of an international academic exchange program called “Academic Mobility Program for Scientific Knowledge Transfer to Rural Communities for Peace,” students and faculty from Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina in Bogotá, Colombia (Areandina University), and La Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano (UTADEO), visited Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Unique workshop for teachers highlights connection between plants, pollinators

February 28, 2019

The “Authentic Plant Pollinator Landscape Research for Educators” workshop, co-hosted by Penn State's colleges of Education and Agricultural Sciences, is slated for June 24-28 at the University Park campus.

Researchers examine why health and social services go unused by new veterans

February 27, 2019

Returning to civilian life can be challenging for veterans. While there are many programs and services aimed at helping them readjust, some veterans do not take advantage of these supportive resources. A Penn State-led research team examined factors that are associated with program non-use among veterans who recently left active duty service.

Assessment details impact of pests and pathogens on world’s major food crops

February 26, 2019

Pests and diseases are taking a substantial bite out of the world’s five major food crops — in some cases, up to 40 percent — according to a recently released publication, one of the first to inventory the impact on a global scale.

Penn State farm safety experts to lead workshop on child ag injury prevention

February 26, 2019

A workshop aimed at protecting children and youth who work and/or live on farms, co-hosted by Penn State Extension’s Farm Safety Team, will take place March 28-29 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey.

Material that shields beetle from being burned by its own weapons, holds promise

February 25, 2019

Carabid beetles produce caustic chemicals they spray to defend themselves against predators, and the compound that protects their bodies from these toxic substances shows promise for use in bioengineering or biomedical applications, according to Penn State researchers.

Pennsylvania Game Commission internship plants career seeds for student

February 22, 2019

A summer internship with the Pennsylvania Game Commission helped Penn State senior Dominic Lenzi cultivate his skills in the field of forestry.

College of Agricultural Sciences faculty member named distinguished professor

February 22, 2019

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named Alexander Hristov, professor of dairy nutrition in the College of Agricultural Sciences, as a distinguished professor. Hristov is an internationally recognized scholar in livestock greenhouse gas mitigation and production and in amino acid nutrition of dairy cows.

Penn State World Campus helps University stay true to founding mission

February 22, 2019

Penn State remains committed 164 years after its founding to providing an agricultural education — no matter where its students live.

President Barron to discuss invasive species on WPSU's 'Digging Deeper' Feb. 17

February 14, 2019

Penn State President Eric J. Barron will discuss some of the new invasive species that have been introduced to Pennsylvania, what impact they might have, and what residents need to know during the next episode of WPSU’s “Digging Deeper” on Sunday, Feb. 17.

10 faculty named 2019 distinguished professors at Penn State

February 13, 2019

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named 10 distinguished professors for 2019

Researcher to discuss 'the improbable series of events that led to your birth'

February 13, 2019

Troy Ott, professor of reproductive biology at Penn State, will discuss the development of an embryo inside the body leading to the birth of a live offspring at this month’s Science on Tap event. His talk will focus on one of the enigmas of live birth that relates to the mother’s immune system.

Webinar to cover risk-based approach for oil and gas well inspections

February 13, 2019

Using a risk-based approach to prioritize natural gas well inspections will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21.

More scrutiny needed for less-deadly foodborne bacteria

February 13, 2019

Employing advanced genetic-tracing techniques and sharing the data produced in real time could limit the spread of bacteria — Bacillus cereus — which cause foodborne illness, according to researchers who implemented whole-genome sequencing of a pathogen-outbreak investigation.

Couple’s gifts support endowment and programs of the Center for Private Forests

February 13, 2019

Tony and Jeanne Riley of Baltimore, Maryland, have made gifts that support programs of the Center for Private Forests. Established in 2011 under the leadership of its founding director, Professor Emeritus of Forest Resources Jim Finley, the CPF collaborates with experts within Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and across the country to study, educate, and inspire forest landowners in the stewardship of their land.

Penn State Berks center supports spotted lanternfly research

February 13, 2019

It all began when Penn State Berks Professor Michael Fidanza was approached in 2018 by researchers from the College of Agriculture Sciences who needed a site to conduct a preliminary investigation on the biology and life cycle of the spotted lanternfly.

Anaerobic digester will enhance nutrient management at Penn State farms

February 11, 2019

An anaerobic digester being constructed as part of the Department of Animal Science’s renovation project at its farms is a part of its total nutrient management program that will also support Penn State’s sustainability goals.

Sculptor with a piece in The Arboretum at Penn State will speak Feb 12

February 8, 2019

Stacy Levy, an award-winning environmental sculptor, will discuss how her work combines science and art at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on the University Park campus.

Bee dispersal ability may influence conservation measures

February 7, 2019

The abilities of various bee species to disperse influences the pattern of their population's genetic structure, which, in turn, can constrain how they respond to environmental change, as reported by an international team of researchers.

Undergraduate students engage with Latino farmworker community through course

February 7, 2019

Because of significant labor shortages, Pennsylvania's dairy farms rely on Spanish-speaking immigrants as a key source of labor. However, cultural differences and language barriers can leave employers and workers lost in translation. A new, innovative community service-learning course — "Service-Learning with Pennsylvania Farmworkers" — offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is aimed at breaking down those barriers.

Penn State Extension land-use webinar to focus on geodesign

February 6, 2019

Using geodesign to involve all stakeholders in urban land-use planning will be the subject of a web-based seminar to be offered by Penn State Extension on Feb. 20.

Manure injection offers hope, challenge for restoring Chesapeake water quality

February 6, 2019

Widespread adoption by dairy farmers of injecting manure into the soil instead of spreading it on the surface could be crucial to restoring Chesapeake Bay water quality, according to researchers who compared phosphorus runoff from fields treated by both methods. However, they predict it will be difficult to persuade farmers to change practices.

Second annual Ag Safety Expo at Penn State set for Feb. 22

February 6, 2019

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will host its second annual Agricultural Safety Expo from 9 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m., Feb. 22, at the Snider Agricultural Arena on the University Park campus.

Plant pathology students embrace science and diversity at national conference

February 6, 2019

Students and faculty members from the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently attended the National Diversity in STEM Conference.

College of Agricultural Sciences students receive internship awards

February 1, 2019

Twelve Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2018 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $1,000 stipend, was established to encourage students to participate in a credit or noncredit educational internship program that relates to their field of study.

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