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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
Students who participated in an internship in China for those interested in veterinary studies were able to travel and see some of the country in addition to performing research.
November 6, 2017

A new summer internship, which will be available to undergraduate students with a veterinary research interest, is the most recent in a series of collaborations spanning a century-old partnership between Penn State and South China Agricultural University.

Mannaa I. Mannaa, right, conducts a lab test under the supervision of Jack Vanden Heuvel, professor of molecular toxicology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. Mannaa credits Vanden Heuvel — and many others — with helping him during his academic journey at Penn State. Mannaa’s goal is to begin medical school next year.
November 6, 2017

Student Mannaa I. Mannaa he has had more than his share of challenges during his academic journey at Penn State. Instead of giving up, the alumnus of the College of Agricultural Sciences continued on and hopes to attend medical school.

November 2, 2017

Thomas Mischen, of Gibsonia, and Sylvester "Sy" Tanner, of Turtlepoint, were randomly placed together as roommates during the fall of 1966 -- the first semester of their freshman year at Penn State -- and have been close friends ever since. To commemorate their enduring friendship, the friends recently established the Mischen/Tanner Scholarship Fund in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

E. coli, shown here in an agar plate, is the best studied bacterium on the planet. It is often responsible for outbreaks of foodborne illness. Scientists at Penn State and around the world are discovering, through DNA sequencing, new serotypes of E. coli, but there is insufficient agreement for how to get these new types approved by the international community. It is hoped the workshop here can lead to a consensus.
November 1, 2017

With its 50-year-old E. coli Reference Center, Penn State long has been at the forefront in isolating bacteria from animals, humans and the environment. The University will continue its leading role Nov. 6-8 when it hosts an international group of experts to propose how to transition one of the most fundamental tests for E. coli into a genomics-based assay.

Carolee Bull, head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, center, received a Notable Alumni Award from Ohio University, her alma mater. Shown with Bull prior to the ceremony and a workshop she presented are, from left, Morgan Vis, professor and department chair, and Phil Cantino, emeriti faculty, both representing Ohio University's Environmental and Plant Biology Department.
November 1, 2017

Carolee Bull, head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences received a Notable Alumni Award from her alma mater, Ohio University, for her professional achievements.

William Elmendorf, Ibberson Chair in Urban and Community Forestry
October 31, 2017

William Elmendorf, professor and extension specialist in urban forestry in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named the first holder of the Joseph E. Ibberson Chair in Urban and Community Forestry. The endowed chair was made possible by a gift from the late Joseph E. Ibberson, a 1947 forestry graduate of Penn State who retired in 1977 from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry as chief of forest advisory services.

Four workshops will be held in November and December in Greene, Washington, Indiana and Somerset counties. There is no cost to attend.    
October 31, 2017

Southwestern Pennsylvania provides an ideal environment to raise sheep and goats. Rolling hills may not be suitable for crop production but can provide high-quality pasture for sheep and goat production.

A member of the Penn State Roots Lab monitors root system development inside a rainout shelter
October 27, 2017

Penn State President Eric J. Barron and a pair of University professors will discuss how a Penn State group is helping fight global hunger during the next episode of WPSU Penn State’s “Digging Deeper” on Nov. 5. The show will air on WPSU-TV at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Penn State agribusiness management students observe a potato production line during a tour of a processing facility at Sterman Masser Potato Farms.
October 26, 2017

Sterman Masser, Pennsylvania's largest potato producer, knows consumers aren't reaching for 5- and 10-pound bags of raw potatoes like they used to, and growing its business means developing new value-added products. So students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are working on finding solutions to this market challenge.

October 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Penn State’s 2017-18 non-preferred appropriations bill on Oct. 25 after a delay of more than three months. As proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in February, the bill includes level funding of $230.4 million for Penn State’s general support appropriation. The bill also includes increases of $2 million for Pennsylvania College of Technology and $500,000 for Penn State Agricultural Research and Cooperative Extension, for a total appropriation of $318.2 million.

Maka Murvanidze (far left) and Nikoloz Meskhi (second from left) visited Penn State from the Republic of Georgia, where they have been tasked with mitigating the country's invasive stink bug problem.
October 25, 2017

Entomologists from Penn State are working to apply what they have learned by studying the Mid-Atlantic region's brown marmorated stink bug infestation — which peaked between 2010 and 2013 — to similar recent problems impacting the Republic of Georgia in eastern Europe.

People should not eat caramel apples that have not been stored at refrigerated temperatures, according to a food scientist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
October 24, 2017

A food scientist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences warns of the potential health risk of eating caramel apples that have not been stored at refrigerated temperatures.

Introduced to the market in the 1990s, the flesh of Honeycrisp is crunchier than other apples — and the snap from a bite releases a burst of flavor that makes consumers prefer them over other kinds of apples. However, that quality comes at a price because the variety is extremely susceptible to bitter pit, a disease that is induced in the fruit by a calcium deficiency.
October 19, 2017

A test to determine whether bitter pit — a disorder that blindsides apple growers by showing up weeks or months after picking — will develop in stored Honeycrisp apples was developed by a team of Penn State researchers, promising to potentially save millions of dollars annually in wasted fruit.

From left, fellows Jhony Armando Benavides Bolaños, Lina Marcela Tami Barrera, Alejandro Gil Aguirre and Johann Shocker Restrepo Rubio arrived at Penn State in fall of 2017 as participants in    Cacao for Peace   , a project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Foreign Agriculture Service and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
October 19, 2017

Four new Fulbright Scholars, who arrived at the College of Agricultural Sciences in August, are looking to economics, sociology, and soil and plant science research for ways to put Colombia at the forefront of the world's cacao production. Under the guidance of faculty at Penn State, they will attempt to tackle some of the country's most pervasive issues, from education to production challenges and corruption.

Tailgate Ambassadors work to educate tailgaters about the proper sorting of waste and to enhance the tailgating experience by providing tailgaters with recycling and trash bags they need.
October 18, 2017

This Saturday, Penn State will host the Michigan Wolverines in one of the most anticipated football match-ups of the season. While the football team and tailgaters prep for the big game, the Tailgate Ambassadors also are preparing to meet an important challenge.

Marvin Hall, professor of forage management
October 18, 2017

Marvin Hall, professor of forage management in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was lauded by his alma mater, Bluffton University.

October 18, 2017

Drug overdoses from prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids have increased by 20 percent since 2015, killing some 64,000 Americans last year. In response, social science researchers at Penn State are leading initiatives to combat the increasing rates of illicit drug use.

October 13, 2017

Is your farm in compliance with food safety standards? The Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule states: “At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.”

The researchers suggest that cruciferous vegetables — such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage — contain an organic chemical compound called indole glucosinolates, which breaks down into other compounds, including indolocarbazole — ICZ — in the stomach.
October 13, 2017

Cruciferous vegetables -- such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage -- may help trigger a receptor in the gut that can improve gut function. In a study on mice, eating broccoli led to a better ability to withstand digestive irritants. The researchers also suggest that the mechanism might improve barrier function -- keeping nutrients in and toxins out of the intestinal lining -- and that could limit the damage of inflammation.

October 13, 2017

How municipalities can utilize municipal tree commissions and subsequent ordinances to support community development pertaining to open space in the community will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Wednesday, Oct. 18.