Penn State Beaver biology professor studying wild ramps in Pennsylvania

July 1, 2019

Penn State Beaver Professor of Biology Sarah Nilson and a team of researchers are working to determine if wild ramps that grow in Pennsylvania should be considered a vulnerable species.

'Hoof it on out' to the Equine Experience at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15

July 1, 2019

The Equine Experience at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days is a highlight for equestrians of all ages and disciplines. During the three-day event, Aug. 13-15, visitors can attend breed demonstrations and clinics, interact with Penn State Equine Science faculty and staff, and learn more about horse health and care.

'Planting green' cover-crop strategy may help farmers deal with wet springs

July 1, 2019

Allowing cover crops to grow two weeks longer in the spring and planting corn and soybean crops into them before termination is a strategy that may help no-till farmers deal with wet springs, according to Penn State researchers.

Unconventional oil, gas wastewater management the focus of shale gas webinar

July 1, 2019

Treatment of wastewater from unconventional gas and oil development using technologies such as wastewater pretreatment, distillation, crystallization and de-wasting will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

Penn State celebrates Apollo 11 anniversary with rocket launch, family event

June 28, 2019

NASA took “one giant leap” 50 years ago with the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first astronauts on the moon. To celebrate the anniversary of the mission’s launch, on July 16 Penn State will support an attempt by the U.S. Space and Rocket Center to break the Guinness World Record for most model rockets launched simultaneously. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Ag Progress Days site, the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center.

Penn State's appropriation increases as General Assembly adopts 2019-20 budget

June 27, 2019

Penn State’s 2019-20 general support appropriation from the Commonwealth increased by 2%, or approximately $4.75 million, as the University’s non-preferred appropriations bill passed the General Assembly today (June 27) as part of Pennsylvania’s $34 billion budget package, which is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Penn State scientists expanding work to help farmers learn about industrial hemp

June 27, 2019

With the passage of the 2018 farm bill and new regulations that allow the crop to be grown for sale for a range of uses, hemp production in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania has taken off, with more than 300 permits approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture this year. Even before hemp was green-lighted by the federal government, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences was at the forefront of industrial hemp research in Pennsylvania.

College of Agricultural Sciences trains Ethiopians to detect dairy pathogens

June 26, 2019

A two-week training on foodborne pathogen detection methods, focused on dairy, will help educators and government agencies in Ethiopia ensure the safety of dairy products in that country.

Climate warming could increase malaria risk in cooler regions

June 26, 2019

Malaria parasites develop faster in mosquitoes at lower temperatures than previously thought, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of Exeter. The findings suggest that even slight climate warming could increase malaria risk to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people — including travelers — in areas that are currently too cold for malaria parasites to complete their development.

Ecosystem science head retires after 30-plus years with land-grant universities

June 26, 2019

If Mike Messina has learned one thing from working for land-grant universities in three states for more than three decades, it's something he heard often during his stint with Texas A&M University: "Remember who you came to the dance with."

Penn State professor named Poultry Science Association Fellow

June 26, 2019

Robert Elkin, professor of avian nutritional biochemistry in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been selected as a Poultry Science Association Fellow, the highest recognition the association bestows upon a member.

Mary Kennett, director of Animal Resource Program, announces retirement

June 26, 2019

Mary J. Kennett, director of the Animal Resource Program at Penn State, has announced that she will retire from the University on Sept. 30. Kennett, who joined Penn State in 2001, also is a professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Milk: Best drink to reduce burn from chili peppers

June 25, 2019

People who order their Buffalo wings especially spicy and sometimes find them to be too "hot," should choose milk to reduce the burn, according to Penn State researchers, who also suggest it does not matter if it is whole or skim.

Designing sustainable homes on Mars and Earth

June 25, 2019

A team of Penn State researchers has accepted NASA’s challenge of designing an autonomous system capable of creating a human shelter on Mars using 3D-printing technology. With the focus of the project on Mars, and research with a science-fiction-edge spurring the imagination to expand, perhaps the most profound application of their work is on Earth.

Strategic plan seed grant supports green stormwater infrastructure research

June 24, 2019

A proposal that will support the development of a living laboratory for green stormwater infrastructure research, education and innovation at Penn State is among the latest initiatives to receive funding through the University’s Strategic Plan Seed Grant program.

Vanilla makes milk beverages seem sweeter

June 20, 2019

Adding vanilla to sweetened milk makes consumers think the beverage is sweeter, allowing the amount of added sugar to be reduced, according to Penn State researchers, who will use the concept to develop a reduced-sugar chocolate milk for the National School Lunch Program.

Spotted lanternfly expert at Penn State offers advice on using tree bands

June 19, 2019

According to Heather Leach, spotted lanternfly extension associate in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, one of the most effective traps for catching spotted lanternflies is a sticky band wrapped around the trunks of trees. Nymphs and adults are trapped on the sticky barrier as they crawl up the trunks to feed on newer growth higher in the tree.

Student finds perfect place for her many interests in College of Ag Sciences

June 18, 2019

Gillian Warner, a rising junior in community, environment, and development, is passionate about animals, food security and learning. She found a place for all these interests -- and more -- in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Seaweed feed additive cuts livestock methane but poses questions

June 17, 2019

Supplementing cattle feed with seaweed could result in a significant reduction in methane belched by livestock, according to Penn State researchers, but they caution that the practice may not be a realistic strategy to battle climate change.

Researchers find genes that could help create more resilient chickens

June 17, 2019

An international team, led by Penn State researchers, may have identified genes that could help farmers, especially ones in low- and middle-income countries, breed chickens that can resist one of the biggest disease threats facing poultry today.

Professor of wildlife resources honored for lifetime achievement in conservation

June 14, 2019

Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received PennFuture’s 2019 Woman of Lifetime Achievement in Conservation Award in recognition of her lifelong work to protect natural resources.

International agriculture alumnus aspires to serve, uplift global community

June 13, 2019

The best-laid plans often go awry, and sometimes that is a good thing, as it was for Ben Bianco, who now has his “dream job” in international development thanks to a chance encounter, an epiphany moment and Penn State.

Report: Pa. employment strong, but job growth leaves regions, industries behind

June 13, 2019

With the U.S. economy on track for potentially the longest expansion on record after the Great Recession of 2008-09, employment in Pennsylvania overall is strong. But the rosy statewide job numbers can mask persistent decline in various industries and regions across the state, according to economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Industry groups award funding for fruit research and extension projects

June 13, 2019

New and ongoing tree-fruit research in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences received a boost with the recent awarding of funds totaling more than $261,000 by the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Apple Program.

Sensing food textures is a matter of pressure

June 13, 2019

Food's texture affects whether it is eaten, liked or rejected, according to Penn State researchers, who say some people are better at detecting even minor differences in consistency because their tongues can perceive particle sizes.

Ants maintain essential interactions despite environmental flux

June 12, 2019

Ants adjust their social interactions to accommodate changes in population density, according to researchers at Penn State and Georgetown University. The findings suggest that ant colonies are capable of maintaining their sophisticated social organization despite potentially drastic changes in their environments.

Penn State researchers to boost endangered Chesapeake logperch population

June 11, 2019

As fishes go, the Chesapeake logperch is hardly impressive.

Webinar to focus on U.S. chemical outlook, with a focus on Appalachian region

June 10, 2019

Gains in U.S. chemical production, resulting from record-high oil and natural gas production, will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 20.

Combating mosquito-borne diseases with bacteria

June 10, 2019

Viruses, spread through mosquito bites, cause human illnesses such as dengue fever, Zika and yellow fever. A new control technique harnesses a naturally occurring bacterium called Wolbachia that blocks replication of viruses and breaks the cycle of mosquito-borne disease, according to an international team of researchers.

Northeastern deer more susceptible to wasting disease than those to the west

June 6, 2019

Some deer are more susceptible to chronic wasting disease that is spreading through herds of white-tailed deer across much of the United States, according to Penn State researchers, who have identified a panel of genetic markers that reliably predict which animals are most vulnerable to the contagious neurological disorder.

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