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Matt Thomas, professor and Huck Scholar in Ecological Entomology, along with collaborators in Europe and Africa, have received a five-year, $10.2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to investigate a method for preventing the transmission of malaria. The method involves limiting mosquito access to houses by blocking openings and installing “eave tubes” that contain a unique type of insecticide-laced mosquito netting that kills the insects as they attempt to enter.   Image: Penn State
April 30, 2019

Penn State’s Matthew Thomas and an international team of researchers have developed an in-home solution aimed at preventing the spread of malaria.

Researchers tested mixed-species cover crop stands such as this one to see if they could balance the nitrogen-fixing and nitrogen-scavenging capabilities of individual species. Individually, cover crop species excel at either reducing nitrogen leaching or increasing nitrogen supply to cash crops. But they fail to excel at both simultaneously.   Image: Catalina Mejia / Penn State
April 29, 2019

Planting and growing a strategic mix of cover crops not only reduces the loss of nitrogen from farm fields, protecting water quality in the Chesapeake Bay, but the practice also contributes nitrogen to subsequent cash crops, improving yields, according to researchers.

Members of the Dairy Products Evaluation Team (from left), Meg Shi, Jiaxin Sun, Kerry Kaylegian (coach), Kayla Graff and Gabriel Somarriba.     Image: Penn State
April 26, 2019

The Dairy Products Evaluation Team in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences won several awards during the National Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Competition held April 17 in Madison, Wisconsin.

An audience gathers to watch an "in the woods" demonstration of a feller-buncher at the Timber 2017 expo. The 2019 event will take place June 7-8.   Image: Michael Houtz, College of Agricultural Sciences
April 26, 2019

Businesses and individuals connected to Pennsylvania's forest-products industry — and anyone interested in sound management of the state's renewable natural resources — can learn about goods, services, best practices and industry trends at the 2019 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.

To date, the Millennium Scholars Program at Penn State has graduated two classes, most of whom have continued on to enroll in graduate programs.   Image: Penn State
April 25, 2019

A new study describes promising early results in expanding diversity and inclusion in STEM by leveraging lessons learned from successful programs with immersive interinstitutional partnering. This approach could serve as a model for other universities with different populations of students, sizes and cultures.

April 25, 2019

Haleigh Summers, a master’s degree student in agronomy in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is one of this year’s 18 recipients of the American Society of Agronomy’s Future Leaders in Science Award.

April 25, 2019

Jasna Kovac, assistant professor of food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was named recipient of the Institut Merieux Young Investigator Award in Antimicrobial Resistance from the International Association for Food Protection.

White-throated sparrows are among the best-studied North American songbirds. With a typical wingspan of 6 to 7 inches, it breeds primarily in northern boreal coniferous and mixed forests and, a short-distance migrant, winters mainly in the southeastern U.S. To make these migrations, the bird's body changes significantly.   Image: Paul Bartell / Penn State
April 24, 2019

Songbirds that pack on as much as 50 percent of their body weight before migrating and that sleep very little, exhibit altered immune system and tissue-repair function during the journey, which may hold implications for human health, according to Penn State researchers.

Stephanie Herbstritt, a graduate assistant in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, is shown at the team's stream buffer demonstration plot along Spring Creek in Centre County before perennial grasses were planted.   Image: Penn State
April 24, 2019

A group of doctoral students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences who are examining the use of perennial grasses as stream buffers will benefit from four complementary state and federal grants.

April 24, 2019

Jacob Johnson, a doctoral candidate in forest resources and in international agriculture and development in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has received a Fulbright Study/Research Award.

April 24, 2019

Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, doctoral candidate in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been selected as the recipient of the Phytobiomes Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year.

Penn State's Institute for CyberScience awarded $367,632.20 in seed grant funds to fund back projects that promote uses of and research into machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).   Image: Penn State
April 23, 2019

Penn State's Institute for CyberScience has awarded $367,632 in seed funding for projects designed to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to assist the public good. The grants support projects in 20 different departments and units, 10 colleges and three institutes.

Herbs are among the many types of plants that will be available at the 2019 Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County annual plant sale.   Image: Penn State Extension
April 22, 2019

Gardeners can learn new skills and choose from thousands of plants at the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County plant sale, on Saturday, May 18. The annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Penn State Ag Progress Days venue, nine miles southwest of State College on State Route 45.

April 22, 2019

Ben Kline, a wildlife and fisheries science major in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was celebrated for giving an informative presentation at a professional conference.

Dan Stearns, J. Franklin Styer Professor Emeritus, left, is congratulated by Roger Phelps, a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals' Academic Excellence Foundation Board. Stearns was named the organization’s Outstanding Educator of the Year.   Image: National Association of Landscape Professionals
April 22, 2019

Dan Stearns, J. Franklin Styer Professor Emeritus, who served as the inaugural professor and program coordinator of the landscape contracting program in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the National Association of Landscape Professionals during its annual conference in Fort Collins, Colorado.

This year's plant sale will feature more than 30 varieties of garden vegetables, herbs and potted succulents for community members to purchase. All proceeds benefit Penn State's Student Farm Club.   Image: Penn State
April 18, 2019

Penn State’s Student Farm Club will host fourth annual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26, in Headhouse II, located on Curtin Road across the street from the Berkey Creamery. This year’s sale will feature more than 30 varieties of garden vegetables, herbs and potted succulents.

The Water for Agriculture website launched in spring of 2019.   Image: Penn State
April 18, 2019

Water for Agriculture, a Penn State-led interdisciplinary research project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute on Food and Agriculture, has announced the launching of its website. The project aims to address the water and agriculture issues that matter most to communities through effective stakeholder engagement.

April 17, 2019

Yinong Yang, professor of plant pathology, is the 2019 recipient of the Research Innovators Award, given by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to recognize faculty and staff who have commercialized intellectual property generated by their Penn State research.

This photo of fig wasps is from an exhibit on pollinators created by Jonah Ulmer, a recipient of the Apes Valentes Research Award through Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research.   Image: Jnzl’s Photos
April 17, 2019

Undergraduate research aimed at supporting pollinator health is flourishing at Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research, thanks to philanthropic support.

Everyone in the Penn State community is welcome to the Community Check-In on April 16 to provide critical feedback on how the Student Farm develops to serve the campus and community in the next phase of its expansion.   Image: Leslie Pillen
April 15, 2019

The Student Farm Club at Penn State is hosting a public Community Check-In meeting at 4:30-6:30 on Tuesday, April 16, in the Heritage Hall at the HUB on the University Park campus. The event is seeking campus and community input on the future development and expansion of the Student Farm.