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When Pennsylvania ground beetles are not defending themselves they are friends of agriculture, consuming up to their body weight daily, eating pests such as aphids, moth and beetle larvae, as well as slugs and snails. They can spray their defensive chemicals a distance multiple times their body length.   Image: Nick Sloff Penn State
February 25, 2019

Carabid beetles produce caustic chemicals they spray to defend themselves against predators, and the compound that protects their bodies from these toxic substances shows promise for use in bioengineering or biomedical applications, according to Penn State researchers.

Dominic Lenzi, of Hermitage, a forest ecosystem management major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is a member of the Penn State Chapter of the Society of American Foresters. Here, Lenzi, kneeling right, is shown with his fellow SAF members at a conference in Gettysburg.   Image: Penn State
February 22, 2019

A summer internship with the Pennsylvania Game Commission helped Penn State senior Dominic Lenzi cultivate his skills in the field of forestry.

February 22, 2019

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named Alexander Hristov, professor of dairy nutrition in the College of Agricultural Sciences, as a distinguished professor. Hristov is an internationally recognized scholar in livestock greenhouse gas mitigation and production and in amino acid nutrition of dairy cows.

Left: Built in 1889, the Agriculture Experiment Station was the first agriculture building on Penn State's campus. Right: Greg Pinto, a Penn State World Campus turfgrass science student, volunteered at the 2017 U.S. Senior Open golf tournament.   Image: Penn State
February 22, 2019

Penn State remains committed 164 years after its founding to providing an agricultural education — no matter where its students live.

The invasive spotted lanternfly was first detected in Pennsylvania in Bucks County.   Image: E. Swackhamer
February 14, 2019

Penn State President Eric J. Barron will discuss some of the new invasive species that have been introduced to Pennsylvania, what impact they might have, and what residents need to know during the next episode of WPSU’s “Digging Deeper” on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named 10 distinguished professors for 2019.   Image: Chris Koleno
February 13, 2019

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named 10 distinguished professors for 2019

February 13, 2019

Troy Ott, professor of reproductive biology at Penn State, will discuss the development of an embryo inside the body leading to the birth of a live offspring at this month’s Science on Tap event. His talk will focus on one of the enigmas of live birth that relates to the mother’s immune system.

February 13, 2019

Using a risk-based approach to prioritize natural gas well inspections will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Although the toxin-producing bacteria are estimated to cause 63,400 foodborne disease cases per year in the United States, Bacillus cereus does not receive the attention given to more deadly foodborne pathogens such as Listeria and Salmonella.   Image: © iStock Photo / JackF
February 13, 2019

Employing advanced genetic-tracing techniques and sharing the data produced in real time could limit the spread of bacteria — Bacillus cereus — which cause foodborne illness, according to researchers who implemented whole-genome sequencing of a pathogen-outbreak investigation.

February 13, 2019

Tony and Jeanne Riley of Baltimore, Maryland, have made gifts that support programs of the Center for Private Forests. Established in 2011 under the leadership of its founding director, Professor Emeritus of Forest Resources Jim Finley, the CPF collaborates with experts within Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and across the country to study, educate, and inspire forest landowners in the stewardship of their land.

Image: Photo Courtesy of Reading Eagle
February 13, 2019

It all began when Penn State Berks Professor Michael Fidanza was approached in 2018 by researchers from the College of Agriculture Sciences who needed a site to conduct a preliminary investigation on the biology and life cycle of the spotted lanternfly.

February 11, 2019

An anaerobic digester being constructed as part of the Department of Animal Science’s renovation project at its farms is a part of its total nutrient management program that will also support Penn State’s sustainability goals.

Rain Ravine at the Frick Environmental Center in Frick Park, Pittsburgh, was created by Stacy Levy.    Image: Stacy Levy
February 8, 2019

Stacy Levy, an award-winning environmental sculptor, will discuss how her work combines science and art at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on the University Park campus.

Researchers at Penn State found that bee species with larger body sizes and social behaviors exhibit patterns of lower population structure than bees with smaller bodies and solitary behaviors.   Image: Barbara Driscoll
February 7, 2019

The abilities of various bee species to disperse influences the pattern of their population's genetic structure, which, in turn, can constrain how they respond to environmental change, as reported by an international team of researchers.

A community service-learning course at Penn State provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to teach English to Latino immigrant dairy-farm workers. Here, sophomore Sophia Noel conducts a tutoring session.   Image: Penn State
February 7, 2019

Because of significant labor shortages, Pennsylvania's dairy farms rely on Spanish-speaking immigrants as a key source of labor. However, cultural differences and language barriers can leave employers and workers lost in translation. A new, innovative community service-learning course — "Service-Learning with Pennsylvania Farmworkers" — offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is aimed at breaking down those barriers.

February 6, 2019

Using geodesign to involve all stakeholders in urban land-use planning will be the subject of a web-based seminar to be offered by Penn State Extension on Feb. 20.

In a four-year study, shallow-disk injection of manure was found to result in less phosphorus loss in runoff from farm fields compared to broadcasting or spreading manure. The research findings have implications for Chesapeake Bay water quality.   Image: Melissa Miller / Penn State
February 6, 2019

Widespread adoption by dairy farmers of injecting manure into the soil instead of spreading it on the surface could be crucial to restoring Chesapeake Bay water quality, according to researchers who compared phosphorus runoff from fields treated by both methods. However, they predict it will be difficult to persuade farmers to change practices.

The Agricultural Safety Expo at Penn State will be of interest to community members and students alike, according to organizers of the event.    Image: Penn State
February 6, 2019

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will host its second annual Agricultural Safety Expo from 9 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m., Feb. 22, at the Snider Agricultural Arena on the University Park campus.

A doctoral student in plant pathology, Terry Torres-Cruz has an interest in fungi and works with David Geiser, professor of mycology, in Penn State's Fusarium Research Center.   Image: Penn State
February 6, 2019

Students and faculty members from the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently attended the National Diversity in STEM Conference.

February 1, 2019

Twelve Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2018 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.