Global Gallery gives snapshot of faculty, graduate research in world agriculture

March 19, 2018

Faculty and graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences illustrated how their research touches every corner of the world during the inaugural Global Gallery, a symposium hosted by the International Agriculture and Development dual-title graduate program (INTAD) and its student association.

Coming to a garden near you: An award-winning, Penn State-bred tomato variety

March 15, 2018

Valentine's Day may have passed for this year, but if you're in love with sweet, firm, antioxidant-rich — and award- winning — tomatoes that will perform well in your garden this season, you're in luck, thanks to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

No such thing as 'uncured' corned beef, Penn State meat expert says

March 15, 2018

Millions of Americans will celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday this month with a "traditional" meal of corned beef and cabbage — but most won't pause to consider what makes the meat so distinctive or how it ended up being a tradition.

Infected 'zombie ants' face no discrimination from nest mates

March 15, 2018

Carpenter ants infected with a specialized parasitic fungus are not subjected to aggression or isolation from their nest mates, and they continue to share in the colony's food resources until they leave the nest for the last time to die, according to a study led by Penn State researchers.

Researchers to study ramps' market, flavor profile, vulnerability to pest

March 15, 2018

A good way to describe ramps, it has been said, is to note what they are not.

Startup success: Bedbug treatment developed at Penn State shows market appeal

February 27, 2018

A new, safe treatment for bedbugs developed by Penn State entomologist Nina Jenkins already is seeing a strong sales response from pest application professionals in the few months since it hit the market.

Wood fuels key to easing food insecurity situation in sub-Saharan Africa

February 27, 2018

Access to wood fuels for cooking must be considered when formulating policy to deal with food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa, according to researchers who advocate expanding the effort to improve wood-fuel systems and make them more sustainable.

Mushroom Research Competitive Grants

February 20, 2018

Through the generosity of the Giorgi Mushroom Company, the College of Agricultural Sciences is able to announce the availability of $100,000 in support of mushroom research during the 2018/2019 fiscal year.

RAIN Grants Program

February 20, 2018

RAIN is a source of competitive funds for researchers within the College of Agricultural Sciences who are prepared to take the next steps in transitioning technologies generated through their research to commercialization.

Research aims to help cacao producers, chocolate makers boost profits

February 16, 2018

Craft chocolate — made with fine flavor cacao beans and valued for its distinctive flavors and high quality — is gaining a fast following, and research underway in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is aimed at helping bean growers and bar makers benefit from this trend.

Presence, persistence of estrogens in vernal pools an emerging concern

February 14, 2018

Estrogens in treated wastewater that find their way into temporary wetlands known as vernal pools persist for weeks or even months, according to researchers, who suggest that persistence may have implications for these critical aquatic habitats.

Asked and Answered: Graduate education (Feb. 13, 2018)

February 14, 2018

Unique cohort will support student exploration of agricultural microbiomes

February 9, 2018

Faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are spearheading an initiative that will provide selected doctoral students with the opportunity for extensive study in the emerging field of agricultural microbiome research.

Agroforestry systems may play vital role in mitigating climate change

February 2, 2018

Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon in plant parts and soil than conventional farming, according to Penn State researchers.

'Tide pod challenge' calls attention to home poisoning risks

February 2, 2018

In the wake of recent hype in the news and social media about the so-called "Tide pod challenge," an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is reminding people about the dangers of look-alike products in the household.

Century of data shows sea-level rise shifting tides in Delaware, Chesapeake Bays

February 2, 2018

The warming climate is expected to affect coastal regions worldwide as glaciers and ice sheets melt, raising sea level globally. For the first time, an international team has found evidence of how sea-level rise already is affecting high and low tides in both the Chesapeake and Delaware bays, two large estuaries of the eastern United States.

Weather patterns, farm income, other factors, may be influencing opioid crisis

February 2, 2018

The overprescribing of opioid-based painkillers may be the main driver of the increased abuse of opioids in rural America, but new research by Northeast Center Director Stephan Goetz and Meri Davlasheridze (Texas A&M) suggests that other factors, including declining farm income, extreme weather and other natural disasters, may affect a crisis that is killing thousands of citizens and costing the country billions of dollars.

Root discovery may lead to crops that need less fertilizer

January 22, 2018

Bean plants that suppress secondary root growth in favor of boosting primary root growth forage greater soil volume to acquire phosphorus, according to Penn State researchers, who say their recent findings have implications for plant breeders and improving crop productivity in nutrient-poor soils.

New research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication

January 9, 2018

Two Penn State researchers have participated in the formulation of a new updated research agenda for global malaria elimination and eradication.

Power Up!

January 9, 2018

Too much of a good thing. That’s the situation many scientists face in this age of Big Data.

Penn State Summit on the opioid epidemic to be held Jan. 12

January 3, 2018

The opioid epidemic continues to hit Pennsylvania hard. Overdose deaths in the state grew by 37 percent last year, and larger segments of the population are at increasing risk for misuse of opioids and other addictive substances.

Penn State announces Global Programs Travel Grants 2017 competition results

January 3, 2018

Twice a year, Global Programs solicits applications for international travel from faculty and graduate students.

USDA-NIFA funding supports farmers with disabilities, youth safety programs

January 3, 2018

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has been awarded funding from the U.S Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture for programs to help prevent fatalities and serious injuries associated with farming and to provide assistance to individuals farming with disabilities.

Farmers in Kenya willing, able to ramp up croton nut output for biofuel

January 3, 2018

Small-holder farmers in Kenya have the capacity and desire to play a major role in the scale-up of biofuel production from agroforestry, according to a Penn State forest economist, who led a study in the East African country

Penn State Grape and Wine Team boosts industry through research, education

December 18, 2017

Here is something to toast about — Pennsylvania's grape and wine industry pours an estimated $4.8 billion into the state's economy through employment, wine sales, tourism, tax revenue and related avenues, according to the National Association of American Wineries.

Extending food safety training to other countries could save lives

December 18, 2017

Food safety practices that Americans take for granted — washing hands with soap, refrigeration, and not cutting raw meat and vegetables on the same surface without disinfection — are not widely practiced in other places around the world, and researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences want to change that.

Turning pathogens against each other to prevent drug resistance

December 13, 2017

Limiting a much-needed resource could pit pathogens against one another and prevent the emergence of drug resistance. New research demonstrates that harnessing competition among pathogens inside a patient could extend the life of existing drugs where resistance is already present and prevent resistance to new drugs from emerging. A paper describing this ecological approach to drug resistance appears the week of Dec. 11 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Citizen scientists to help researchers gauge Susquehanna water quality

December 13, 2017

Using a network of up to 60 citizen scientists, a team of Penn State researchers will assess the levels of endocrine-disrupting compounds in the Susquehanna River next year, and in turn empower those volunteers to become part of the solution to water-quality problems related to emerging contaminants.

Environment and Natural Resources Institute - Centers of Excellence Grant Program

December 12, 2017

The Environment and Natural Resources Institute is soliciting proposals from faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences for interdisciplinary environmental and natural resource research, education, and engagement initiatives. This solicitation is offered in collaboration with the College’s Experiment Station as part of the College’s Strategic Networks and Initiatives Program (SNIP) and will fund initiatives for up to three years and is limited to research addressing the College’s strategic priority to enhance and protect managed and natural ecosystems, ecosystem services, and human well-being.

Researchers receive $950,000 to develop pest controls for organic mushrooms

December 7, 2017

Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have received a three-year, $950,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to develop a suite of organic management options for three of the most challenging mushroom pests.

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