Unique food-microbiology workshop offered to select visiting students

June 7, 2018

A faculty team in Penn State's Department of Food Science is offering a novel microbiology workshop in June and July to visiting college students from around the Commonwealth and Puerto Rico. The workshop, hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences, will include nine students from seven Pennsylvania institutions — Gettysburg College, Juniata College, Lafayette College, La Roche College, Mount Aloysius College, Saint Vincent College and Shippensburg University — and five students from the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez.

Dual-purpose wound dressing supported by $2 million NIH grant

June 5, 2018

Development of wound dressings made of semi-synthetic biomaterials will be the focus of a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Penn State scientists spotlight spotted lanternfly research on Capitol Hill

June 5, 2018

As the emergence of the spotted lanternfly continues to threaten portions of Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry, two researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences who are studying the invasive insects joined colleagues from more than 20 universities on Capitol Hill today (June 6) to show members of Congress and their staffs the importance of funding agricultural research.

Agricultural diversification: Empowering women in Cambodia with 'wild gardens'

June 5, 2018

There is no such thing as utopia when it comes to food security, as millions of people around the world have limited food resources. One of those places is Cambodia in Southeast Asia, one of the world's poorest countries, where the rural poverty rate is 24 percent, and 40 percent of children younger than 5 are chronically malnourished, making them vulnerable to significant health problems.

Oil and gas wastewater as dust suppressant less than ideal

June 4, 2018

At the least, wastewater from oil and gas drilling should be treated in a waste treatment facility before it is used on dirt roads to suppress dust or deice roads. At the best, affordable, nontoxic dust suppressants should be developed and used, according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers.

Doctoral Student in Plant Science Invited to Participate in Global Food Summit

May 30, 2018

Zachary Dashner, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been invited to take part in the U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security in June at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Climate change forced zombie ant fungi to adapt

May 29, 2018

Zombie ants clamp on to aerial vegetation and hang for months spewing the spores of their parasitic fungi, but researchers noticed that they do not always clamp on to the same part of the plant. Now the researchers know that the choice of leaves or twigs is related to climate and that climate change forced the fungi to adapt to local conditions.

Holsteins born at Penn State to improve genetic diversity are 'udderly' amazing

May 29, 2018

The six bundles of Holstein joy born at the Penn State Dairy Barns in April of last year — the outcome of a research project to improve genetic diversity in the breed — have garnered a fan following.

Mending the Gap

May 15, 2018

It’s such a simple gesture, a hand reaching out to stroke a cheek. Between friends and loved ones, it conveys caring, trust, tenderness. Between people who met just a few hours ago and who think they don’t have much in common, it can feel scary, threatening, too intimate.

Penn State Master Gardener programs promote pollinator populations

May 15, 2018

When it comes to the importance of bees, Connie Schmotzer does not mince words.

Altered body odor indicates malaria even if microscope doesn't

May 15, 2018

Typhoid Mary may have infected a hundred or more people, but asymptomatic carriers of malaria infect far more people every year through mosquito vectors. An international team of researchers is working toward a way to identify malaria patients including infected individuals who show no malaria symptoms through mosquito vectors.

Cocoa CRISPR: Gene editing shows promise for improving the 'chocolate tree'

May 15, 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.

Ten students and alumni named as Fulbright finalists for 2018-19

May 7, 2018

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

Virus inhibits immune response of caterpillars and plants

May 4, 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.

Deer fawns more likely to survive in agricultural landscapes than forest

May 4, 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.

Stoy G. and Della E. Sunday Program Support for Fruit Production Research

May 2, 2018

The purpose of this endowment shall be to enrich the College of Agricultural Sciences by providing monies for fruit production research.

Jeanne and Charles Rider Endowment for Support of Research on the Biotechnology of Food Crops

May 2, 2018

The purpose of this endowment shall be to support College of Agricultural Sciences faculty in their biotechnology research and teaching programs that give promise of improving upon food crop production and quality while protecting the quality and safety of the environment.

Arthur W. Nesbitt Faculty Program Development Award

May 2, 2018

The purpose of this endowment shall be to support a College of Agricultural Sciences faculty member in their teaching or extension programs, with the intent that the investment will help the awardee leverage future funding opportunities in any or all of these functional areas, for Animal Science or Food Science.

Sarah Chinn Kalser Faculty Research Assistance Endowment

May 2, 2018

The purpose of this endowment shall be to provide funds to support research and scholarly travel to College of Agricultural Sciences faculty whose research program has experienced a temporary lapse in funding.

Joan Luerssen Faculty Enhancement Fund and the Horace T. Woodward Faculty Development Fund

May 2, 2018

The purpose of these two endowments shall be to provide supplementary funds to support professional development and programs.

Pennsylvania bear mange epidemic focus of Penn State and Game Commission project

April 30, 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.

Penn State Flower Trials aid industry, consumers in picking posies

April 30, 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.

Impacting PA: Penn State plays a critical role in promoting water quality

April 24, 2018

Q&A: Recent alumna making impact on clean water in Pennsylvania

April 24, 2018

Sarah Xenophon is a watershed technician in the Agriculture and Environment Center in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. She creates large-scale watershed assessments and meets with farmers, land owners, municipalities and others to restore polluted or otherwise “sick” bodies of water in Pennsylvania. The center works with key stakeholders to proactively build partnerships to improve the health of Pennsylvania’s waterways, and by extension, the pollution problem in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Learn more about efforts to save the Chesapeake.

Q&A: Penn State’s impact on the Chesapeake Bay, clean water in Pa.

April 24, 2018

Matthew Royer is director of the Agriculture and Environment Center in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. In this role, he works with key stakeholders to proactively build partnerships to improve the health of Pennsylvania’s waterways, and by extension, the pollution problem in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Learn more about efforts to save the Chesapeake.

Saving the Chesapeake

April 24, 2018

As Pennsylvania renews efforts to clean the state's waterways and the Chesapeake Bay, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is crafting a strategy in which farmers can help.

Penn State Extension, ag officials look to slow spread of spotted lanternfly

April 16, 2018

With spring and the accompanying emergence of insects upon us, grape growers, orchardists, nursery operators, homeowners and others in southeastern Pennsylvania are bracing for infestations of spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest from Asia that appeared for the first time in the United States in Berks County nearly four years ago

From farm to dining commons: Penn State a leader in locally sourced food

April 16, 2018

Penn State students go through more than 132,000 gallons of fresh milk from University Park’s much-beloved Berkey Creamery every year, but that’s not the only campus to enjoy fresh milk from a local source.

New Penn State-USDA patented technology removes phosphorus from manure

April 10, 2018

An innovation that could have a huge impact on water quality problems in the United States, a system capable of removing almost all phosphorus from stored livestock manure, was developed by a team of researchers from Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

Earth Day(s)

April 10, 2018

Earth Day will be internationally recognized on April 22, but at Penn State, Earth Day(s) will be celebrated throughout the month of April. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to attend the events. Show your Earth Day spirit on social media by using #PSUEarthDays and visit the Earth Day(s) 2018 website to learn how to get involved.

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University Park, PA 16802-2600