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2017

Research Innovators Award - Deadline Mar. 6
February 8, 2017
The purpose of this award shall be to recognize faculty and staff in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have commercialized technologies generated through Penn State research.
Penn State creates new center for microbiome research
February 6, 2017
A University-wide effort to promote the study of microbiomes at Penn State has led to the creation of a center for microbiome research, a fast-growing area of scientific inquiry. Microbiomes are the communities of microorganisms that live on or in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere.
Considering cattle could help eliminate malaria in India
February 1, 2017
The goal of eliminating malaria in countries like India could be more achievable if mosquito-control efforts take into account the relationship between mosquitoes and cattle, according to an international team of researchers.
Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses
February 1, 2017
A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops — such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits — to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Researchers receive $7 million grant to develop deeper crop roots
February 1, 2017
Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have received a $7 million grant to design a low-cost, integrated system that can identify and screen for high-yielding, deeper-rooted crops. The interdisciplinary team will combine a suite of technologies designed to identify phenotypes and genes related to desirable root traits, with the goal of enhancing the breeding of crop varieties better adapted for nitrogen and water acquisition and carbon sequestration.
Project to develop computational tools for coupled human-natural systems
January 11, 2017
Penn State researchers have received a $20 million, five-year project with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) looks to create a state-of-the-art framework of computational tools that will help to assess the impacts of weather-related variability and change.
Researchers receive $3.6 million to study genetics of plant disease resistance
January 9, 2017
A $3.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation will support a new research project aimed at pinpointing the genes that confer disease resistance in cacao. The ultimate goal of the four-year study is to develop a new approach that plant scientists and breeders can use to identify the genetic basis for disease resistance in a variety of perennial crops.
Fungus-infecting virus could help track spread of white-nose syndrome in bats
January 4, 2017
A newly discovered virus infecting the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats could help scientists and wildlife agencies track the spread of the disease that is decimating bat populations in the United States, a new study suggests.
Research suggests climate change affecting plants above ground more than below
January 4, 2017
It's a long way between central Pennsylvania and Greenland — at least 2,000 miles — but Laura Radville came to Penn State so she could study climate change in the "Iceberg capital of the world."