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Scientists in the College of Agricultural Sciences are seeking solutions to the agricultural and ecological problems of our time by conducting basic and applied research focusing on cross-cutting thematic areas.

Research News

Penn State Fine Flavor Cacao Visiting Scientist Program 2018-2019
September 20, 2018
With support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Foreign Agricultural Service, the Cacao and Chocolate Research Network (CCRN) at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Visiting Scientist Program. The program will support five visiting scientists to work with Penn State faculty and international collaborators to advance research that is critical to the development of the fine flavor cacao/chocolate industry in Latin America and the Caribbean. These visiting scientists will spend six months at Penn State or at a partner institution working on one of the following topic areas: advanced sensory evaluation, the fine flavor cacao market, or issues related to cadmium accumulation in cacao. Exchanges will take place within the January 2019 to May 2020 timeframe, with exact dates to be determined jointly by the visiting scientist and his/her Penn State faculty mentor.
Graduate Student Competitive Grants Program
September 20, 2018
The College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Competitive Grant Program is sponsored by the College of Agricultural Science’s Office for Research and Graduate Education. This program is a unique opportunity available to graduate students advised by College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) faculty. The program serves as professional development for all CAS graduate students by providing funds to support master or doctoral research. It is anticipated that up to $40,000 will be awarded during this funding cycle.
Searching for chocolate’s roots, and enemies, in Colombia’s wilderness
September 18, 2018
A newfound peace has spurred the hunt for disease-resistant wild cacao within the nation’s borders. What scientists find could help the country expand its role in the global trade.

Upcoming Events

Evolution of Invasive Weeds
When: September 21, 2018
Where: 106 Forest Resources Building
The Great Insect Fair
When: September 22, 2018
Where: Snider Agricultural Arena
Achieving Community Resilience in the Face of Flooding
When: September 24, 2018
Where: 101 Stuckeman Family Bldg.