Songbirds' reproductive success reduced by natural gas compressor noise

February 18, 2021

Some songbirds are not dissuaded by constant, loud noise emitted by natural gas pipeline compressors and will establish nests nearby. The number of eggs they lay is unaffected by the din, but their reproductive success ultimately is diminished. That’s the conclusion of a team of Penn State researchers who conducted an innovative, elaborate study.

Schmidt named fellow of County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

February 18, 2021

Cristy Schmidt, Penn State Extension applied research educator, was appointed as the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s Extension fellow, effective Jan. 1.

Silencing the alarm

February 17, 2021

Like a scene from a horror movie, tomato fruitworm caterpillars silence their food plants’ cries for help as they devour their leaves. That is the finding of a multidisciplinary team of researchers, who said the results may yield insights into the abilities of crop plants — such as tomato and soybean — to withstand additional stressors, like climate change.

College of Ag Sciences faculty member, Jason Kaye, named distinguished professor

February 17, 2021

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named Jason Kaye, professor of soil biogeochemistry in the College of Agricultural Sciences, as a distinguished professor.

Upon retirement, Arboretum's founding director leaves growing legacy

February 16, 2021

Kim Steiner's decades of contributions to planning for an arboretum, and the work he has guided since the 1990s to make it a reality, have changed the landscape of the University Park campus forever. The founding director of The Arboretum at Penn State will retire from the University in June after nearly five decades on the faculty.

Seminar on 'Catalyzing Your Research' begins on Feb. 18

February 15, 2021

SAFES' first seminar series of the year, "Catalyzing Your Research," kicks off on Feb. 18 with presenters from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, discussing "Scaling up your research program to maximize impacts."

13 faculty named 2021 distinguished professors at Penn State

February 15, 2021

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named 13 distinguished professors for 2021.

College of Ag Sciences announces recipients of CURAD Virtual Fellows Program

February 12, 2021

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has named the recipients of its first-ever Consortium for Ukraine’s Rural and Agricultural Development Virtual Fellows Program.

Baby food product names may not accurately reflect ingredient amounts

February 10, 2021

The descriptions on the fronts of infant and toddler food packages may not accurately reflect the actual ingredient amounts, according to research published on Feb. 8 in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Researchers develop new tool for visualizing vulnerabilities in supply chains

February 9, 2021

Researchers at Penn State and the Korea Rural Economic Institute have developed a model to help visualize the interconnectedness of businesses and industries over geographic space, which potentially can show supply-chain vulnerabilities to future shocks, such as pandemics or climate-change impacts.

Penn State's Andrew Patterson receives Society of Toxicology Achievement Award

February 9, 2021

The Society of Toxicology has named Tombros Early Career Professor Andrew Patterson of Penn State as the recipient of its 2021 Achievement Award, recognizing his significant contributions to the field of toxicology within 15 years of obtaining the highest earned degree.

Changing cropping systems in impaired watersheds can produce water quality gains

February 9, 2021

Growing the right crop in the right place within an impaired watershed can achieve significant water quality improvements, according to Penn State researchers, who conducted a novel study in the drainage of a Susquehanna River tributary in an agricultural area in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Rebuilding soil microbiomes in high-tunnel agricultural systems focus of study

February 8, 2021

The presence of high salt and nitrogen concentrations in high- tunnel soils may make it more challenging to rebuild a healthy soil microbiome following a soil- clearing event, according to microbial ecologists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

The business of bees

February 4, 2021

The economic value of insect pollinators was $34 billion in the U.S. in 2012, much higher than previously thought, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State. The team also found that areas that are economically most reliant on insect pollinators are the same areas where pollinator habitat and forage quality are poor.

Take a (virtual) trip across Pennsylvania with Penn State Extension

February 2, 2021

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get healthier, then you do not want to miss out on an opportunity from Penn State Extension. "Everybody Walk Across Pennsylvania" is a free, virtual walking program designed to help participants meet their health goals this spring.

Support of military families essential to military personnel readiness

February 2, 2021

Supporting the well-being of military families is essential to ensuring the readiness of military personnel, according to a report co-authored by a Penn State faculty member which was recently cited in the National Defense Authorization Act.

Newly discovered trait helps plants grow deeper roots in dry, compacted soils

February 1, 2021

A previously unknown root trait allows some cereal plants to grow deeper roots capable of punching through dry, hard, compacted soils, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest that harnessing the inherited characteristic could lead to crops better able to deal with a changing climate.

Forest ecosystem management student awarded Railway Tie Association scholarship

February 1, 2021

Christopher Sabol, a forest ecosystem management major in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received the John Mabry Forestry Scholarship from the Railway Tie Association.

Summer weather conditions influence winter survival of honey bees

February 1, 2021

Winter survival of honey bee colonies is strongly influenced by summer temperatures and precipitation in the prior year, according to Penn State researchers, who said their findings suggest that honey bees have a "goldilocks" preferred range of summer conditions outside of which their probability of surviving the winter falls.

Research at Penn State aims to improve air quality in cage-free poultry houses

January 31, 2021

Research carried out by faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is helping commercial poultry operations — some with multiple buildings each housing between 20,000 and 50,000 hens — convert from traditional caged housing to noncaged systems while safeguarding animal and employee safety.

Regina Vasilatos-Younken, dean of the Graduate School, announces retirement

January 28, 2021

Regina Vasilatos-Younken, vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School, will retire from Penn State on Dec. 31 after 45 years at the University. A national search will begin immediately to identify her successor.

Penn State entomologists devise a system to control mushroom phorid flies

January 28, 2021

In 2016, a team of researchers from the Department of Entomology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences launched an intensive effort to solve the problem in southeast Pennsylvania caused by mushroom phorid flies. Now their effort is expected to pay off big time.

College of Ag Sciences students receive scholarships from Pennsylvania Farm Show

January 25, 2021

Ten students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences were among the recipients of scholarships awarded by the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation.

Penn State Extension, PUC partnership instrumental in expanding broadband access

January 22, 2021

For the thousands of Pennsylvanians who have been left by the wayside on the information superhighway, help in the form of high-speed internet is en route, thanks, in part, to an alliance between Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Grozinger receives National Academy's Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

January 21, 2021

Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will receive the National Academy of Sciences' 2021 Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences for her work addressing global declines in pollinator populations.

Spotted lanternfly experts debunk myths about the prodigious, pestilent pest

January 20, 2021

As the spotted lanternfly extension associate in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Heather Leach hears stories or “myths” about management or the biology of the pest.

Feral colonies provide clues for enhancing honey bee tolerance to pathogens

January 19, 2021

Understanding the genetic and environmental factors that enable some feral honey bee colonies to tolerate pathogens and survive the winter in the absence of beekeeping management may help lead to breeding stocks that would enhance survival of managed colonies, according to a study led by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State World Campus alumni awarded for service and mastery of resilience

January 19, 2021

Each year the Penn State World Campus Outstanding Alumni Awards recognize the success of alumni as leaders in their field and the impact they have on society and their profession. From a career in service by securing the homeland, to inspiring others by overcoming the odds, all are attributes of this year’s recipients, retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. and American Airlines Captain Linda Wackerman and William “Monty” Elam.

College of Agricultural Sciences students earn internship awards

January 19, 2021

Thirteen Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2020 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.

U.S. school cafeterias waste more food than those in other developed countries

January 18, 2021

An innovative assessment of food waste at a U.S. school by an international team of researchers suggests that American school cafeterias waste more food than those in other developed countries, and the true costs extend well beyond just the weight of food not eaten.

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