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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
February 1, 2018

Helping planners better understand the relationship between land-use planning and climate change is the aim of a web-based seminar to be offered by Penn State Extension.

Agroforestry, on average, stores markedly more carbon than agriculture, researchers found. Here, alley cropping walnut and soybeans is shown in Missouri. In the United States, agroforestry is lauded for its environmental benefits; in the tropics its economic benefits are seen as indispensable.
February 1, 2018

Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon in plant parts and soil than conventional farming, according to Penn State researchers.

February 1, 2018

Penn State Lion Surplus will hold its annual Farm Machinery and Equipment Auction beginning at 9 a.m. Feb. 22, in the Snider Ag Arena on the University Park campus.

Chicken wings are a popular menu item for Super Bowl parties and other gatherings, but if not cooked and stored properly, they could be a source of foodborne illness.
February 1, 2018

Super Bowl Sunday is like a holiday, with family and friends gathering to watch the big game and, of course, sharing many tasty foods. But without good food safety practices in play before, during and after the game, some Super Bowl revelers might end up feeling much worse than fans of the losing team, according to a food safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State’s water scientists, researchers and educators have led decades of high impact research, education and service addressing the many dimensions of water, including: water quality and quantity, transport and infrastructure, and energy-water-land interactions.
January 30, 2018

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a town hall meeting focused on strengthening water research, education and outreach at the University. The event runs from 3-5 p.m. on Feb. 15 in Room 233AB of the HUB-Robeson Center.

Arianna Ferguson, a Penn State Millennium Scholar majoring in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, conducted research to determine whether heritage turkeys would eat natural foodstuffs and their impact on growth performance and carcass yield.
January 29, 2018

To meet increasing consumer demand for heritage-breed turkeys to be the centerpiece of holiday and other meals, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are studying methods producers can use to raise the historical birds.

John Bellinger
January 26, 2018

John Bellinger, the former legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State and the National Security Council under President George W. Bush, will speak at Penn State at 4 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Sutliff Auditorium of the Lewis Katz Building at University Park.

Penn State research has shown that in the big woods of Pennsylvania, the home range of male and female deer outside the breeding season is about a square mile. But in the agricultural areas, a deer's home range is more likely to be half of a square-mile or even a third of a square-mile.
January 25, 2018

In the big woods of Pennsylvania's Northern Tier, the home range of the average white-tailed deer is more than twice as large as that of a deer in urban or agricultural areas of the state. Penn State researcher Duane Diefenbach documented that phenomenon early on in his work, but it did not occur to him it might be representative of many different mammal species around the globe.

Sonny Perdue, left, and Glenn Thompson
January 24, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue paid a visit to Penn State's University Park campus on Jan. 24 as part of a tour through Pennsylvania to unveil the Department of Agriculture's legislative principles as Congress prepares to enact a new five-year farm bill.

The Penn State 2018 American Forage Bowl team includes, from left, Glenn Travis, Casey Baxter, Jonathan Stephens, Zachary Curtis, Cullen Dixon, Taylor O’Guinn, Ben Crusan and Sunnie Liggett. Standing is Marvin Hall, professor of forage management in the Department of Plant Sciences and team adviser.
January 24, 2018

For the second year in a row, representatives from the Penn State Agronomy Club, a student organization in the College of Agricultural Sciences, took first place in the National Forage Bowl competition.

A higher number of natural disasters experienced historically in a county is correlated with an increase in opioid overdoses, according to the researchers.
January 24, 2018

While the overprescribing of opioid-based painkillers may be the main driver of the increased abuse of opioids in rural America, it may be more complex than that. Economists say that other factors, including declining farm income, extreme weather and other natural disasters, may affect a crisis that is killing thousands of citizens and costing the country billions of dollars.

Fifteen have been named distinguished faculty at Penn State in 2018.
January 22, 2018

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs has named 15 faculty members as distinguished professors.

Differences in bean plant growth observed by researchers were striking. In the phosphorus stress treatment, the genotypes with greater reduction of their secondary root growth had increased root length, took up more phosphorus, and had larger shoots than genotypes with greater secondary root growth, which had thicker, less efficient roots.
January 18, 2018

Bean plants that suppress secondary root growth in favor of boosting primary root growth forage greater soil volume to acquire phosphorus, according to Penn State researchers, who say their recent findings have implications for plant breeders and improving crop productivity in nutrient-poor soils.

Jonathan Duncan, assistant professor of hydrology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.
January 16, 2018

Jonathan Duncan recently joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as an assistant professor of hydrology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Registration will open in February for We Are Weekend, the Alumni Association’s premier summer event that’s scheduled for June 1–3.
January 15, 2018

Registration will open in February for We Are Weekend, the Alumni Association’s premier summer event that’s scheduled for June 1-3.

Glass sculptures depict the malaria-causing parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.
January 8, 2018

Manuel Llinás, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Jason Rasgon, professor of entomology and disease epidemiology, have participated in the formulation of an updated research agenda for global malaria elimination and eradication.

January 5, 2018

Research involved in determining possible underground storage potential for natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

"Ethics of Climate Change," a course being offered during the spring 2018 semester, allows students to explore climate change from a scientific, political, economic, social, and moral perspective.
January 5, 2018

“Ethics of Climate Change," a new interdomain course being offered at University Park this spring, seeks to introduce students to the science, policy and ethics of climate change.

Artist's conception of crystals of the mineral olivine, floating in space near a brown dwarf star. Such crystals are thought to help seed the formation of planets. The CyberLAMP computer cluster at Penn State's new data center enables astronomers to develop and test sophisticated models of how planets are formed.
January 4, 2018

Penn State's new data center gives researchers the ability to tackle complex questions that range from detecting subatomic particles, to understanding how planets form, to anticipating how natural disasters and more gradual changes in natural systems will affect human systems such as water supply and food production.

January 3, 2018

What local communities can do to assist the more than 3 million Pennsylvania residents served by private wells and springs to have potable drinking water for their homes and farms will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.