SAFES seed funding boosts agricultural research data capabilities

April 25, 2022

Four research teams in the College of Agricultural Sciences have tapped in to the computing and software engineering expertise at the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences' Research Innovations with Scientists and Engineers (RISE) team. Agricultural Sciences faculty are invited to apply for the 2022 SAFES-RISE Seed Grant Program; applications are due May 10.

Novel study of small fish in Icelandic waters sheds new light on adaptive change

April 25, 2022

Innovative research showing that populations of a small fish that live in both Iceland’s lakes and marine waters, respond more quickly and differently to predators after they invade freshwater lakes, demonstrating how some animals can adapt rapidly to changes in their environments and may be able to adapt to climate change.

Water researcher Joan Rose to present talk on waterborne diseases April 28

April 25, 2022

Joan Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University, will present “At the Intersection of Science and Technology Addressing Water Quality and Health” on April 28 as part of the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science Distinguished Speaker Series.

Adding high-flavonoid corn to broiler chickens’ diet may cut intestinal disease

April 21, 2022

The inclusion of a high-flavonoid corn, developed by a Penn State maize geneticist, in the diet of broiler chickens reduced the incidence and severity of a fatal intestinal disorder known as necrotic enteritis.

Getting to the root of corn domestication; knowledge may help plant breeders

April 18, 2022

A unique confluence of archeology, molecular genetics and serendipity guided a collaboration of Mexican and Penn State researchers to a deeper understanding of how modern corn was domesticated from teosinte, a perennial grass native to Mexico and Central America, more than 5,000 years ago.

Plant scientist gets grant to study how climate change will affect forage crops

April 14, 2022

A Penn State plant scientist has received a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to lead a team studying how changes in temperature associated with climate change affect the establishment, persistence and performance of perennial forage crops and their associated weedy plant communities in the U.S. Northeast.  

Sanchez to present 'Emergence of a carbon-negative bioeconomy' April 14

April 13, 2022

Dan Sanchez, an extension specialist who runs the Carbon Removal Lab at University of California Berkeley, will discuss the emergence of a carbon-negative bioeconomy at 3 p.m. on April 14 in 213 Ag Engineering. 

PlantVillage receives Cisco Foundation grant to help communities capture carbon

April 13, 2022

PlantVillage has been awarded $300,000 from the Cisco Foundation to promote regenerative agriculture on African farms to help them adapt to climate change.

Using tweets to predict real-time food shortages

April 11, 2022

The sentiments and emotions expressed in tweets on Twitter can be used in real time to assess where supply chain disruptions due to a pandemic, war or natural disaster may lead to food shortages, according to researchers at Penn State and the Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar.

2022 Graduate Exhibition Award winners announced

April 6, 2022

Sixty-eight Penn State graduate students received awards for their research and creative scholarship in the 37th annual Graduate Exhibition. A complete list of winners is available below.

Are egg cells in aging primates protected from mutations?

April 4, 2022

New mutations occur at increasing rates in the mitochondrial genomes of developing egg cells in aging rhesus monkeys, but the increases appear to plateau at a certain age and are not as large as those seen in non-reproductive cells, a fact that could indicate a protective mechanism in reproductive cells.

More than fresh food: Research finds farmers markets vital to local food economy

April 4, 2022

Pennsylvania farmers markets generate an estimated $100 million in sales each year, according to a new Penn State Extension analysis that provides a snapshot of farmers markets' contribution to the local food economy in the commonwealth.

Study examines if there is something 'fishy' happening with seafood imports

April 4, 2022

Reducing tariffs on imported goods is meant to remove trade barriers, but it doesn’t seem to be helping the seafood industry, which has experienced the same — if not more — import rejections and notifications at borders, according to research guided by an agricultural economist at Penn State.  

Cover crops more effective than insecticides for managing pests, study suggests

March 31, 2022

Promoting early season plant cover, primarily through the use of cover crops, can be more effective at reducing pest density and crop damage than insecticide applications, according to a Penn State-led team of researchers.

Interdisciplinary Penn State team awarded SOM Foundation Research Prize

March 31, 2022

An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers was awarded $40,000 as a recipient of the Skidmore Owings & Merrill Foundation 2021 Research Prize for a project that explores mycelium-based and knitted textiles to form a sustainable building material.

How would a nuclear winter impact food production?

March 29, 2022

Effects of a nuclear winter or other sky-darkening global catastrophes on farming and agriculture make it "imperative that we better understand our food production, supply and value chains to make them less vulnerable and more adaptable in times of crises," according to Penn State researchers who recently published a timely study on "Food Resilience in a Dark Catastrophe."

Red-backed salamanders possess only limited ability to adjust to warming climate

March 25, 2022

If average temperatures rise as projected in eastern North America in coming decades, at least one widespread amphibian species likely will be unable to adjust, and its range may shift northward, according to a new study led by Penn State scientists.

Antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strains not seen in migrating wild birds

March 22, 2022

Although many wild birds carry Salmonella, the strains of the bacteria they convey usually do not harbor antimicrobial-resistance genes, according to Penn State researchers, who led a team conducting a new, nationwide study.

Researchers to devise new, innovative strategies to manage Philadelphia’s soils

March 21, 2022

A team of Penn State researchers will develop a long-term solution for the testing and management of urban soils for the safe production of garden and food crops in urban settings, funded by a $100,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Cornell professor to present 'Social Costs of Nutrient Pollution in the U.S.'

March 18, 2022

Catherine Kling of Cornell University will present a new model of nutrient pollution assessment that considers its social costs and could reshape the way the U.S. handles water quality issues on March 24. Her presentation, titled "Social Costs of Nutrient Pollution in the United States," will be held at 3 p.m. in 312 Ag Engineering Building on Penn State's University Park campus. The talk is sponsored by the Penn State Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science and the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering.     

Study will assess prepartum aspirin regimens to improve cow health, performance

March 17, 2022

A U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of nearly $637,000 will enable a team of Penn State and University of Pennsylvania researchers to study whether treating prepartum cows with an anti-inflammatory medication will reduce discomfort and inflammation and lead to improved health and higher milk production after calving.

Penn State-developed genome-editing technology licensed to Inscripta

March 17, 2022

A technology patented by a Penn State researcher to enhance the capabilities of the genome-editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas will have potential commercial applications as the result of a recently signed licensing agreement.

Inhalable aerogel shows promise for transmission-blocking COVID-19 vaccine

March 17, 2022

An inhalable "aerogel" loaded with DNA that encodes for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein successfully induces an immune response against COVID-19 in the lungs of mice, according to new research conducted at Penn State. The team said its aerogel could be used to create an inhalable vaccine that blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission by preventing the virus from establishing an infection in the lungs.

Inhalable aerogel triggers immunity to COVID-19 in mice, may block transmission

March 17, 2022

An inhalable "aerogel" loaded with DNA that encodes for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein successfully induces an immune response against COVID-19 in the lungs of mice, according to new research conducted at Penn State. The team said its aerogel could be used to create an inhalable vaccine that blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission by preventing the virus from establishing an infection in the lungs.

Penn State establishes the Geroscience and Dementia Prevention Consortium

February 22, 2022

The overarching goal of the Penn State Geroscience and Dementia Prevention Consortium is to accelerate the scientific discoveries that will prevent or delay age-related neurodegeneration.

Children eat what they like, but food intake driven more by what they dislike

February 22, 2022

It is often said that “children eat what they like,” but the results of a new study by Penn State nutritionists and sensory scientists suggests that when it comes to meals, it is more accurate and more relevant to say, “children do not eat what they dislike.”

More intense roasting of cocoa beans lessens bitterness, boosts chocolate liking

February 22, 2022

Confection makers who want to develop products containing 100% chocolate and no sugar for health-conscious consumers can reduce bitterness and optimize flavor acceptance by roasting cocoa beans longer and at higher temperatures, according to a team of researchers.

Warming climate to result in reduced corn production; irrigation blunts effect

February 21, 2022

No matter which of the widely accepted global circulation models ultimately comes closest to predicting the amount of warming caused by climate change, corn production will be reduced, according to a new study by Penn State researchers.

Omicron detected for first time in white-tailed deer

February 21, 2022

Some white-tailed deer living in Staten Island, New York, are actively infected with the Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant of SARS-CoV-2, according to new research led by scientists at Penn State. The team also found neutralizing antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in one of the Omicron-infected deer, suggesting that, like humans, deer can be reinfected with the virus.

Colleagues mourn internationally renowned chemical ecologist James Tumlinson

February 16, 2022

Penn State's Department of Entomology, the College of Agricultural Sciences and the University community are mourning the loss of James H. Tumlinson, Ralph O. Mumma Professor of Entomology, who died Feb. 9 at the age of 83 after an extended illness.

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