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Biologically-Based Materials and Products

Discovering novel approaches using genetic systems and biological materials to create value-added commercial and consumer products in a sustainable, profitable manner.
 

Faculty are especially interested in investigating the economic viability and competitiveness of various products, the political implications of the use of various products, supply-chain issues related to various products and ways to promote entrepreneurship among members of the college, including students.

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Natural Bedbug Killer
Microbiologists are using a fungus to wipe out bedbugs.

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New technology improves CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in mosquitoes, other species
August 9, 2018
A technology designed to improve CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in mosquitoes and other arthropods succeeds with a high degree of efficiency, while eliminating the need for difficult microinjection of genetic material, according to researchers.
Research focuses on reclaiming strip-mine sites for biofuel crop production
May 26, 2017
Marvin Hall, a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is currently working a project to bring highly productive life back to damaged land by planting a crop — switchgrass — that can be used as an alternative fuel source.
Bedbugs beware: New research may beat back bedbug epidemic
March 24, 2017
A new biopesticide developed by Penn State scientists has the potential to turn the bedbug control market on its ear, thanks to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem taking root at Penn State that’s helping to push crucial discoveries out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.