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Advanced Agricultural and Food Systems

Transforming thinking and practice in agricultural and food systems through research focused on productivity, sustainability, and adaptability.

Food is critical to sustain life, but rather than simply producing more food for a growing world population, it is imperative that we also produce better foods that increase production efficiencies while using fewer resources.

Agricultural systems must also adapt to a changing climate. Consequently, researchers in the college are investigating the ways in which climate change will affect local weather and resulting land use. These scientists are particularly interested in examining the issue of global climate change at scales from large to regional and how information can be shared across these different scales.

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Inspiring Research: Honey Bees
Whole colonies are dying in record numbers. Why the bees are dying is a mystery. Penn State, one of the country's leading honey bee research facilities, has been investigating the problem.

News

Research team discovers oldest known plant virus at ancient settlement
December 13, 2018
Researchers studying ancient corncobs found at a Native American archeological site have recovered a 1,000-year-old virus, the oldest plant virus ever reported.
'Scaring' soybeans into defensive mode yields better plants a generation later
November 13, 2018
By temporarily silencing the expression of a critical gene, researchers fooled soybean plants into sensing they were under siege, encountering a wide range of stresses. Then, after selectively cross breeding those plants with the original stock, the progeny "remember" the stress-induced responses to become more vigorous, resilient and productive plants, according to a team of researchers.
Gates Foundation grant to support research on satellite crop surveillance
November 9, 2018
A research team in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a Grand Challenges Explorations grant — an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Upcoming Events

Why is food so controversial?
When: January 24, 2019
Where: 324 ASI