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Cocoa pods display the symptoms of black pod rot. A team of Penn State researchers used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to enhance plant resistance to the pathogen that causes the disease.
May 9, 2018

Use of the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 could help to breed cacao trees that exhibit desirable traits such as enhanced resistance to diseases, according to Penn State plant scientists.

From left are Sarah Pethbridge, Cornell University; Scott Isard, Penn State University; Pierce Paul, Ohio State University; Paul Esker, Penn State University; Neil McRoberts, University of California-Davis; Peter Ojiambo, North Carolina State University.
May 9, 2018

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology recently hosted a group of researchers from across the country with the objective of building research relationships and expanding educational opportunities.

The Fulbright finalists for the 2018-19 school year have been announced.
May 3, 2018

Ten Penn State students and alumni were selected as Fulbright finalists for the 2018-2019 academic year, according to the University Fellowships Office.

The Ag Advocates, an organization of undergraduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary by hosting a banquet.
May 3, 2018

The Ag Advocates, an organization of undergraduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, celebrated 30 years of successfully promoting agricultural awareness during a banquet on April 20 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Penn State's third annual Energy Days conference will be held May 30-31 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.
May 3, 2018

The third annual Energy Days conference will be held this year on May 30 and 31 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. Energy Days was created in an effort to convene the energy expertise of Penn State and develop partnerships to help improve the affordability, sustainability and security of energy in the future. The conference is open to the public and is free for Penn State students, faculty and staff.

The Centre County 4-H Robotics Club was part of the alliance that won first place in the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Detroit, Michigan. Seated, front row, from left, are Thomas Sowers, Tate Geiger, Hannah Strouse, Petr Esakov, James Hanagan, Nathan Tack, and Thad Valentine. Second row, Griffen Josephs, Roger Nagel, Emily Christensen, and Lachlan Sneff. Third row, Adam Last, Isaiah Adu, Ben Servey, and Zach Jester. Standing, AJ Marsala, Adam Nedorezov, Braydon Button, Alex Mullen, Bill Jester, Eli Johnson, Jacob Oakman, and Cole Daubenspeck. Not pictured are Mary Davis, Lee Conklin, and Soham Pant.
May 3, 2018

The Centre County 4-H Robotics Club recently brought home the gold after winning the FIRST Robotics Competition — the first Pennsylvania team to capture the title. Robotics clubs are among Penn State Extension's 4‑H science programs that provide youth the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering and math through fun, hands-on activities and projects.

Berkey Creamery employees can sell upwards of 3,000 cones and bowls of ice cream on any given day.
May 3, 2018

Industrial engineering students are applying what they’ve learned in the classroom to help improve service at one of the most beloved places on the University Park campus, Penn State’s Berkey Creamery.

Microbiome conference
May 2, 2018

Penn State will host world-renowned scientists as part of the 21st Penn State Plant Biology Symposium: Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes, set for June 19-22 in the Huck Life Sciences Building on the University Park campus.

Penn State Extension's Master Watershed Steward Program was a recipient of a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. Shown at the ceremony, from left, are Davitt Woodwell, president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council; Patrick McDonnell, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection; Rebecca Kennedy, Master Watershed Steward Program; Cindy Adams Dunn, secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; and Erin Frederick, coordinator, Master Watershed Steward Program.
May 1, 2018

Penn State Extension's Master Watershed Steward Program recently received recognition from the state for its efforts to improve Pennsylvania's water quality.

 A larval parasitoid emerging from its caterpillar host.
May 1, 2018

It is well known that certain wasps suppress the immune systems of their caterpillar hosts so they can successfully raise their young within those hosts. Now researchers at Penn State show that, in addition to suppressing caterpillar immune systems, wasps also suppress the defense mechanisms of the plants on which the caterpillars feed, which ensures that the caterpillars will continue to provide a suitable environment for the wasps' offspring.

Researchers modeled fawn survival relative to percentage of agricultural land cover, like the red clover above, and estimated average survival to six months of age was about 41 percent in contiguous forest landscapes with no agriculture. For every 10 percent increase in land area in agriculture, fawn survival increased by almost 5 percent.
May 1, 2018

The cruel truth is that throughout the white-tailed deer's range only about half of all fawns live to see their first birthday — most are killed by predators. However, they have a much better chance of surviving if they are born in farmland rather than in forest, according to Penn State researchers, who collaborated with Pennsylvania Game Commission deer biologists.

April 30, 2018

A summer intern from Virginia State University —- working in the lab of James Tumlinson, Ralph O. Mumma Professor of Entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences — has presented an award-winning lecture in the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Washington, D.C., on the research they conducted during their summer at Penn State.

April 27, 2018

Penn State President Eric Barron presented 11 awards to more than 30 graduate students in recognition of outstanding achievement during the annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held April 25 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

April 27, 2018

Ten Penn State graduate students received the 2018 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award.

The Penn State Flower Trials — in its 85th year — has a powerful benefit in Pennsylvania and beyond. Penn State's Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Manheim, Lancaster County, serves as the epicenter of the trials.
April 27, 2018

Each May, the expression "flower power" takes on a new meaning at Penn State's Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Manheim, Lancaster County, when an 85-year-old tradition — the Penn State Flower Trials — gets under way.

April 27, 2018

Fourteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award and Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishments and achievements in scholarly research in any of the disciplinary areas of arts and humanities; social sciences; physical and computational sciences; life and health sciences; and engineering.

This bear had a severed case of mange. Normally, most bears that are exposed to mites may have a dermal response, but after the initial reaction their immune system can fight the parasites off. But that doesn't seem to be happening with sarcoptic mange in some bears in Pennsylvania.
April 25, 2018

Pennsylvania's black bear population is experiencing a mange epidemic, and a Penn State research team will work with the state Game Commission to gain a better understanding of the disease and develop strategies to manage it.

Anna Griswold recently retired as assistant vice president for undergraduate education and executive director for student aid. A scholarship was named in her honor.
April 24, 2018

To honor Anna Griswold, retired assistant vice president for undergraduate education and executive director for student aid, Tom Sharbaugh and his wife, Kristin Hayes, created the Anna M. Griswold Open Doors Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Nathan Pearlman, a food science major, served as a marketing and product development intern with the Penn State Berkey Creamery. Here, he experiments with a cheese dip recipe.
April 24, 2018

Nathan Pearlman, a food science major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has savored his senior year, thanks, in part, to an internship with the Penn State Berkey Creamery.

April 23, 2018

Vance Crowe, director of millennial engagement at Monsanto, will speak on the topic "Science and Technology: Combating Fear and Misinformation with Discovery and Wonder" during an event slated for 4-5 p.m. April 25 in 112 Buckhout Lab at Penn State's University Park campus.