Penn State food safety experts to help make Ethiopian dairy food supply safer

November 14, 2018

Food safety specialists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will collaborate with scientists at Addis Ababa University and Kansas State University in Ethiopia on a project to improvethe safety and quality of Ethiopian dairy foods.

Your turkey doesn't need a shower: No-nos when it comes to holiday bird prep

November 13, 2018

Talking (Thanksgiving) turkey: Some methods of handling and cooking turkey, which have been passed down from generation to generation, may be setting the table for foodborne illness, according to a food safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

'Scaring' soybeans into defensive mode yields better plants a generation later

November 13, 2018

By temporarily silencing the expression of a critical gene, researchers fooled soybean plants into sensing they were under siege, encountering a wide range of stresses. Then, after selectively cross breeding those plants with the original stock, the progeny "remember" the stress-induced responses to become more vigorous, resilient and productive plants, according to a team of researchers.

Anopheles mosquitoes could spread Mayaro virus in U.S., other diverse regions

November 12, 2018

Mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles are well known as primary vectors of malaria. But a new study suggests that Anopheles species, including some found in the United States, also are capable of carrying and transmitting an emerging pathogen, Mayaro virus, which has caused outbreaks of disease in South America and the Caribbean.

Early choices set Scholar alumna down life-changing path in medicine

November 12, 2018

Schreyer Scholar alumna and Penn State MD/PhD student Kristin Lambert aspires to practice bench-to-bedside medicine and to mentor current honors students.

Grant supports research to combat white-nose syndrome in bats

November 12, 2018

Penn State research aimed at combating white-nose syndrome in bats has received funding from the Bats for the Future Fund. Virologist Marilyn Roossinck, professor of plant pathology and environmental microbiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, received a grant of more than $263,000 to study how a virus that infects the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome influences the virulence of the fungus.

Gates Foundation grant to support research on satellite crop surveillance

November 9, 2018

A research team in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Led by David Hughes, associate professor of entomology and biology, the group will study the potential role of satellites in diagnosing crop pest and disease problems on African smallholder farms.

Re-Imagining Energy: Catching Carbon

November 9, 2018

Penn State researchers are working on new technology to capture CO2 before it gets into the atmosphere and either sequester it or use it to create new products. Part three of a five-part series.

Inaugural research symposium offers chance for undergraduates to showcase skills

November 8, 2018

An inaugural University-wide undergraduate research symposium will showcase work being conducted by women, minorities and first-year students in STEM fields. The event features research from more than 30 participants through Penn State’s WISER/MURE/FURP program. The symposium will be held from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the atrium of the Steidle Building on the University Park campus.

Penn State alumna pursues passion for conservation at The Nature Conservancy

November 7, 2018

Katie Turner, a 2013 Penn State graduate in environmental resource management, is putting her love of soil science to good use as the Pennsylvania agricultural program manager for The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental organization that serves the global community.

Giddy up: Newly formed equine alumni group looks forward to continued growth

November 6, 2018

The Equine Alumni Affiliate Program Group is one of the newest official affiliates of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society.

Couple’s gift creates opportunities for children at The Arboretum at Penn State

November 6, 2018

Sandra Parker Hall and Dennis Hall recently added $50,000 to The Sandra L. Parker and Dennis K. Hall Education Program Support to the Children’s Garden, an endowment they created in 2014 for children and families who visit Childhood’s Gate at The Arboretum at Penn State.

Penn State agribusiness students gauge consumer acceptance of robotic lawnmowers

November 5, 2018

Will customers of lawn-mowing services accept robotic, autonomous lawnmowers cutting the lawns at their homes with no human operator nearby? Eichenlaub Inc., an upscale landscape firm in Pittsburgh, is counting on agribusiness management students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to find out.

Go West for animal agriculture in Pennsylvania

November 5, 2018

To comply with nutrient-reduction goals in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, Pennsylvania may want to consider the establishment of animal agriculture operations in the western part of the state, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

Risk of spotted lanternfly on Christmas trees is slight, says extension educator

November 2, 2018

"Real trees are part of an outdoor ecosystem, and there is always a chance that insects may be brought indoors with a tree, and the spotted lanternfly is no exception," said Tanner Delvalle, a horticulture extension educator based in Berks and Schuylkill counties. "However, the risk is small and should not be a reason for anyone to forego having a live holiday tree."

Farmers market vendors need training to improve food-safety practices

November 1, 2018

Many vendors at farmers markets take inadequate precautions to prevent the spread of foodborne illness, and they should be trained to reduce food-safety risks, according to Penn State researchers who completed the final phase of an innovative five-year study.

Penn State agribusiness major lands White House internship

November 1, 2018

Tony Rice, a senior in agribusiness management in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was one of a select group of students who was given the opportunity to develop leadership skills and gain experience in the public-service sector as an intern at the White House and in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Webinar to cover study of agricultural production and shale gas development

November 1, 2018

How extensive shale gas development has affected agricultural communities will be the subject of a web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State set for Nov. 6-15

October 31, 2018

Penn State student innovators and community entrepreneurs are invited to explore their potential by connecting with collaborators, mentors and investors during Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State, presented by the Penn State Small Business Development Center, Nov. 6–15.

Johnson named recipient of Peace Corps' Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Award

October 31, 2018

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 Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Award in recognition of his service to others.

Sifting through 50 million phone calls for patterns to aid refugees

October 30, 2018

Clio Andris, assistant professor of geography in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, is analyzing a year’s worth of phone calls to find the clues to help address the Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey.

Undergrad student research suggests biomass can remove lead from drinking water

October 30, 2018

When Penn State student Katelyn Schiffer got an email notice from her landlord a few years ago warning that she and her apartment mates should not drink water from their unit's taps unless it was filtered to remove lead, the sophomore agricultural and biological engineering major started thinking about the problem.

Citizens play a vital role in spotted lanternfly management efforts

October 30, 2018

Citizens are important allies in the fight against the spotted lanternfly, a war that is being waged in 13 counties -- Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill.

University names Jim Ingram 2018 Fundraising Volunteer of the Year

October 29, 2018

Penn State has named alumnus, philanthropist and volunteer leader James Ingram as its 2018 Fundraising Volunteer of the Year.

Students gain valuable insights at national agriculture conference

October 26, 2018

Three students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences traveled to Hartford, Connecticut, in September for the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Student engagement helps earn Bellefonte major grant for sustainability

October 25, 2018

The Borough of Bellefonte has received a grant of $388,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to upgrade its municipal compost facility. The grant application was based on Penn State students' work as part of the Sustainability Communities Collaborative, an engaged scholarship program facilitated by Penn State’s Sustainability Institute.

Penn State Mushroom Short Course marks milestone in aiding industry

October 25, 2018

The Penn State Mushroom Short Course recently marked its 60th year of providing mushroom growers with researched-based information and expertise aimed at advancing the industry.

Golf course managers challenged by fungicide-resistant turf grass disease

October 24, 2018

Dollar spot — the most common, troublesome and damaging turfgrass disease plaguing golf courses — is becoming increasingly resistant to fungicides applied to manage it, according to Penn State researchers.

Phospholutions: From student project to thriving startup

October 19, 2018

Licensing a technology created in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State startup Phospholutions developed a soil-amendment product called RhizoSorb. The product aims to reduce phosphorus runoff and enhance plant root depth, decreasing the amount of both water and fertilizer needed to have healthy plants.

Study of Northeast food system advances understanding of regional potential

October 18, 2018

After seven years of analyzing a number of consumption, distribution, production, and other aspects of the Northeast U.S. food system, researchers from Penn State and 10 other universities and organizations have made significant gains in understanding the extent to which the region can increase production of certain foods, and potentially better meet the food needs of low-income populations in the locations they studied.

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