Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology seeks seed grant proposals

January 21, 2020

The Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology at Penn State has announced a new round of seed grant funding for interdisciplinary research, curricular development, or educational activities in the broad area of industrial biotechnology through its 2020 IMPACT Seed Grant Program. Full-time faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply; the application deadline is Feb. 7.

Insecticides becoming more toxic to honey bees

January 21, 2020

During the past 20 years, insecticides applied to U.S. agricultural landscapes have become significantly more toxic — over 120-fold in some midwestern states — to honey bees when ingested, according to a team of researchers, who identified rising neonicotinoid seed treatments in corn and soy as the primary driver of this change. The study is the first to characterize the geographic patterns of insecticide toxicity to bees and reveal specific areas of the country where mitigation and conservation efforts could be focused.

Novel composite antimicrobial film could take a bite out of foodborne illnesses

January 19, 2020

A novel composite film — created by the bonding of an antimicrobial layer to conventional, clear polyethylene plastic typically used to vacuum-package foods such as meat and fish — could help to decrease foodborne illness outbreaks, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State to host Study Abroad Week from Jan. 20 to 24

January 16, 2020

Penn State will host Study Abroad Week 2020 during the week of Jan. 20-24 on the University Park campus. Students who attend can learn more about the process of applying, what funding is available, and career enrichment opportunities; and meet other students who have gone abroad.

How anti-sprawl policies may be harming water quality

January 16, 2020

Urban growth boundaries, which aim to decrease negative impacts on people and the environment, can have a reverse effect on water quality, according to a Penn State researcher.

Family creates 4-H endowment to honor son’s commitment to dairy farming, youth

January 16, 2020

By the time he was 10 years old, Penn State alumnus Dave Mattocks (1990, Agriculture) knew he wanted to be a dairy farmer. A little over a decade later with a college degree in hand, Mattocks made his dream come true and became a full-time dairyman on the farm that had been in the family for generations.

Scientists examine potential economic impact of spotted lanternfly in PA

January 15, 2020

If not contained, the spotted lanternfly potentially could drain Pennsylvania’s economy of at least $324 million annually and cause the loss of about 2,800 jobs, according to a study carried out by economists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

College of Agricultural Sciences to participate in Study Abroad Week

January 13, 2020

The benefits of studying abroad range from expanding students’ world views to helping them find a career after graduation. Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will join the University's Office of Global Programs to showcase education-abroad opportunities during Study Abroad Week, slated for Jan. 20-24 at the University Park campus.

Distinguished professor of ichthyology making 50th trip to Africa to study fish

January 9, 2020

When Jay Stauffer made his first trip to Lake Malawi in 1983, just before joining the faculty in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, he never dreamed that the trip would be the genesis of his career focus and that it would yield valuable partnerships for the University.

Land-use webinar to focus on ‘active transportation’

January 3, 2020

Communities planning for places that provide accessibility and connectivity for people — also known as active transportation — will be the focus of a web-based seminar offered at noon Jan. 15 by Penn State Extension.

Penn State Extension program to help private forest owners use prescribed fire

January 3, 2020

Pennsylvania state agencies that manage public forest lands increasingly have employed prescribed fire as a management tool, but significant challenges exist for private landowners to do the same. Now, Penn State Extension is launching a program to help them use prescribed fire, too.

Penn State scientist shares knowledge of soil science during visit to Ukraine

January 2, 2020

Ukraine is called the “breadbasket of Europe,” a moniker earned because of the fertile, black soils that blanket its landscape. As a longtime professor of environmental soil science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Rick Stehouwer has studied this famed “chernozem” soil, knowledge he acquired through books, lectures and lab samples. He had the opportunity to expand his understanding and see the soil for himself thanks to a philanthropic program through the college’s Office of International Programs that paved the way for him to visit the Eastern European country this past July.

Innovation is widespread in rural areas, not just cities

January 2, 2020

Conventional measures of innovation suggest that only big cities foster new ideas, but a more comprehensive measure developed at Penn State shows that innovation is widespread even in rural places not typically thought of as innovative. This “hidden” innovation brings economic benefits to businesses and communities, according to researchers, whose findings will help decision makers think in new ways about innovation and how they can support it.

Penn State receives student recruiting grant to spur interest in poultry studies

January 2, 2020

The Department of Animal Science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences received a $10,000 student recruiting grant from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation. The grant, made possible in part by Perdue Farms Inc., will be used to support youth programs in poultry and help recruit students interested in the poultry industry.

Craft-beer boom linked to record number of US states growing hops

January 2, 2020

Craft breweries may be fueling an unprecedented geographic expansion of hop production across the U.S., according to researchers at Penn State and the University of Toledo. Their findings suggest that as more craft breweries emerge around the country, so may new opportunities for farmers.

Penn State Extension has farm food safety education materials for Amish growers

December 20, 2019

Penn State Extension has developed curriculum materials for Plain Sect (Amish, Mennonite) growers to help them meet training requirements established in the federal Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule.

Penn State food scientist named Food Systems Leadership Institute Fellow

December 18, 2019

Robert Roberts, professor and head of food science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was one of 26 academic and industry leaders recognized as Fellows of the Food Systems Leadership Institute during a ceremony at the recent annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in San Diego.

Interdisciplinary lecture cultivates collaboration, leadership in plant health

December 18, 2019

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences held its inaugural Eva J. Pell Interdisciplinary Lecture on Plant Health on Dec. 9. The topic for this year’s lecture — “Where do Abiotic and Biotic Stress Overlap?” — focused on research that could mitigate the impacts of climate change on abiotic and biotic stress in plants.

Center for Security Research and Education announces spring 2020 grant program

December 16, 2019

The Penn State Center for Security Research and Education has announced its spring 2020 grant program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State. University faculty and researchers are eligible to apply by Feb. 14, 2020.

Penn State Creamery student employees support cancer foundation, Toys for Tots

December 13, 2019

Although the student employees at Penn State’s Berkey Creamery usually brighten their customers’ days with delicious sweets, they never forget to give back during the holidays.

Agricultural science student pursues pollinator knowledge through internship

December 13, 2019

Xavier Mack, a student in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, spent his summer in the rolling hills of Nebraska. As part of his journey toward a future career in science communications, Mack, a sophomore majoring in agricultural science, participated in an internship program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Undergraduates showcase research, communication skills at symposium

December 12, 2019

Students throughout Penn State’s STEM-based majors brought two semesters of work to life at the recent WISER/MURE/FURP undergraduate research symposium, where they presented their research and answered questions from other students, staff and faculty, many from outside of their fields.

College of Agricultural Sciences forest technology wins $10K pitch competition

December 11, 2019

Innovators from the College of Agricultural Sciences upheld a winning tradition recently at the TechCelerator pitch competition hosted by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania. The team was awarded a $10,000 investment for their fledgling enterprise, RealForests. Their victory makes RealForests the sixth team from the college to win one of Penn State’s most prestigious pitch competitions.

Extension offers tools to small-scale, raw-milk cheesemakers for safer products

December 10, 2019

Penn State Extension is now offering free online tools for small-scale cheesemakers to help them develop a food safety system for their facilities and conduct risk assessments of their processes. Printed copies are available for cheesemakers that do not have access to the internet.

Grant to fund workshops on conservation-based forest land estate planning

December 10, 2019

A Penn State project aimed at advancing conservation-based estate planning for forest landowners in two key regions of Pennsylvania is the beneficiary of an $80,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Jonathan Lynch honored as ‘highly cited’ by science analytics group

December 10, 2019

Jonathan Lynch, distinguished professor of plant nutrition in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been recognized as “highly cited” by the Clarivate Analytics Web of Science Group.

Creamery partners with Housing and Food Services to offer products at campuses

December 9, 2019

This semester, students at three Penn State campuses — Altoona, Hazleton and Behrend — are enjoying more than just Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream at campus dining halls and convenience stores.

Eight will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2020

December 9, 2019

Eight Penn State alumni selected by the Penn State Board of Trustees will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is the University's highest honor presented to its alumni.

Impact of animal infectious disease to be focus of conference at Penn State

December 6, 2019

Exploring the emergence, spread and control of animal diseases is the focus of the inaugural Emerging Animal Infectious Disease Conference, scheduled for March 23-25, 2020, at the Wyndham Garden Inn, Boalsburg. The event will be co-hosted by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education.

Novel way to ID disease-resistance genes in chocolate-producing trees found

December 6, 2019

An international team of plant geneticists has identified genotypes in cacao that are resistant to a major pathogen infecting one of the world’s most important cash crops. The findings point the way for plant breeders to develop trees that are tolerant of the disease.

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