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For this study, at the University's Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, researchers grew two nearly identical lines of sorghum — alike except that one, a mutant, did not possess the functional gene responsible for producing the flavonoids that essentially poison corn leaf aphids. Then researchers compared how the lines were faring.   Image: © Getty Images / Songsak Paname
April 3, 2019

Compounds produced by sorghum plants to defend against insect feeding could be isolated, synthesized and used as a targeted, nontoxic insect deterrent, according to researchers who studied plant-insect interactions that included field, greenhouse and laboratory components.

Beth Brantley, Penn State Mont Alto associate teaching professor of forest technology, will lead a tour of the Mont Alto Arboretum during her farewell reception on April 10, 2019.   Image: Debra Collins
April 3, 2019

Penn State Mont Alto will host its final Colloquy Series talk of the spring semester on April 10, when Associate Teaching Professor of Forest Technology Elizabeth Brantley will lead a tour of the Penn State Mont Alto Arboretum during a farewell reception in her honor.

Catherine Cutter, professor of food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, conducts a lesson on calculating microbial populations in foods during a food safety workshop in Africa.   Image: Penn State
April 2, 2019

Improving food safety knowledge and practices in Africa is the focus of research conducted by Catherine Cutter, professor of food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Drone in Rock Springs orchard   Image: Joseph Sommer / Penn State
April 2, 2019

Dairy farmers in the Northeast can improve water quality and boost the profitability of their operations by changing the timing and method of applying manure to their fields in the fall, along with planting rye as a cover crop between corn crops — or by double-cropping rye and corn, according to Penn State researchers.

Members of the Penn State Livestock Judging Team practice their skills.   Image: Penn State
April 2, 2019

As members of the Penn State Livestock Judging Team, several students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have been putting their knowledge of animal form and function to the test this semester at national competitions.

April 2, 2019

Mark Guiltinan, professor of plant molecular biology, and Siela Maximova, research professor of plant biotechnology, both in the College of Agricultural Sciences, are the recipients of Penn State's 2019 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award.

April 2, 2019

Mark Brennan, professor of leadership, and youth development in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Ali Kara, professor of business administration at Penn State York, are the recipients of Penn State's 2019 Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Originating from the Black and Caspian seas, round gobies were introduced into the Great Lakes by the release of ballast water from large trans-Atlantic cargo ships around 1990. Able to live in saltwater or freshwater, they were first found in the French Creek watershed in 2013   Image: Peter van der Sluijs / Wikimedia
April 1, 2019

The round goby — a small, extremely prolific, invasive fish from Europe — poses a threat to endangered freshwater mussels in northwestern Pennsylvania's French Creek, one of the last strongholds for two species of mussels, according to researchers.

Beescape.org provides a tool for beekeepers, gardeners, growers and land managers to assess the quality of their landscapes for supporting managed honey bees and wild bees.   Image: Pixabay
April 1, 2019

Beescape.org provides a tool for beekeepers, gardeners, growers and land managers to assess the quality of their landscapes for supporting managed honey bees and wild bees. It was developed through a partnership led by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Center for Pollinator Research and Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Every spring students in the Penn State chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers invite local community members to bring their lawnmowers in for cleaning and servicing in preparation for the coming mowing season.   Image: Patrick Mansell
March 29, 2019

The Penn State student chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers will hold its annual lawnmower clinic on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at the Agricultural Engineering Building at University Park.

Penn State Extension has released the 2019-20 edition of the Penn State Agronomy Guide.   Image: Penn State
March 28, 2019

Farm managers, crop consultants and producers looking for the latest, research-based information on crop production and soil health can turn to the 2019-2020 edition of the Penn State Agronomy Guide, now available for purchase from Penn State Extension.

Author George Archibald will deliver a talk, titled "Cranes: Their Hope for Survival on a Planet in Flux," at 5 p.m. on April 3 in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building. The event is sponsored by The Arboretum at Penn State and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.   Image: Penn State
March 28, 2019

George Archibald, author and co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, will describe his life-long work to save cranes from extinction during a free public presentation at 5 p.m. on April 3 in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on Penn State's University Park campus.

Microbiome research in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is featured in a new report from the Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation and its FedByScience initiative.   Image: Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation
March 27, 2019

A new report issued today (March 27) shows how U.S. farmers — facing a surge of weather events and disease outbreaks — can increase production and revenues with innovations produced by federally funded agricultural research, including studies performed in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Rodney Allen Trice and the 2019 Open Innovation Challenge trophy.   Image: Penn State
March 27, 2019

Rodney Allen Trice's "Walk a Mile..." project aims to use immersive technology to spark empathy and conversations among diverse audiences. It won the 2019 Open Innovation Challenge.

March 26, 2019

Mark Guiltinan, J. Franklin Styer Professor of Horticultural Botany in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the 2018 Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research.

March 26, 2019

Two faculty members in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have been named the recipients of the 2018 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award, which recognizes exceptional articles accepted or published by refereed scholarly journals in the social and human sciences within the past two years.

An electrospinner made of Lego pieces is used to create strands of starch.   Image: Patrick Mansell / Penn State
March 26, 2019

A new technique to spin starch fibers using Lego pieces could have future applications for lab-grown "clean" meat, according to a team of food scientists from Penn State and the University of Alabama.

Entrepreneurial students pitch their idea at the IdeaMakers Challenge during the 2018 Penn State Startup Week. This year's weeklong event, to be held April 1-5, 2019, will offer a number of competitions and challenges for students and University community members to pitch their ideas and create inventive solutions to common problems.   Image: Jordan Ford
March 26, 2019

Entrepreneurs across the University will pitch their business ideas and create inventive solutions to common problems through a series of competitions and challenges held during Penn State Startup Week from April 1-5. The challenges are at the heart of Startup Week’s mission of teaching and inspiring participants to make innovation a part of their lives, communities and careers, either by starting their own companies or bringing a problem-solving approach to established organizations.

Jayne Ulrich, a graduate of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has had a lifelong passion for the outdoors and for protecting the environment. Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada, is a favorite destination.   Image: Jayne Ulrich
March 26, 2019

An ideal world for Jayne Ulrich is one in which everyone -- from individuals to organizations to governments -- would take an active role in protecting, preserving and restoring the Earth’s natural resources. The graduate of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is doing her part not just personally, but also professionally as an environmental engineer with Mondelēz International, a multinational confectionery, food and beverage company.

Jessica Yaeger, a plant science major with a horticulture option, has been named the 2019 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year, an award sponsored by Greenhouse Product News and Nexus Greenhouse Corp.   Image: Jessica Yaeger
March 25, 2019

Jessica Yaeger, a plant science major with a horticulture option, has been named the 2019 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year, an award sponsored by Greenhouse Product News and Nexus Greenhouse Corp.