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.

Penn State team receives $7M award to enlist insects as allies for food security

December 6, 2017

A Penn State-led research team is hoping to enlist insects as allies in an effort to make crops more tolerant of environmental stressors, after the crops are already growing in the greenhouse or field.

Corn genetics research exposes mechanism behind traits becoming silent

November 22, 2017

For more than a century, plant geneticists have been studying maize as a model system to understand the rules governing the inheritance of traits, and a team of researchers recently unveiled a previously unknown mechanism that triggers gene silencing in corn.

Phospholutions selected for Innovation Showcase on Capitol Hill

November 22, 2017

Penn State was recognized for its leadership among land-grant universities for its work in entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development at the recent annual meeting for the 237-member Association of Land Grant Universities (APLU) in Washington D.C.

Say cheese, Penn State! Cheese Club evolves, look forward to continued growth

November 20, 2017

When you think Penn State dairy science, you may think of the University Dairy Farm or maybe the Berkey Creamery. But did you know there’s a Penn State Cheese Club?

Clearinghouse releases veteran needs report

November 20, 2017

Approximately 20 million veterans currently live in the United States. While the overall veteran population is expected to decrease, the diversity of the remaining group is expected to increase in the coming years.

Researchers aim to develop best practices for organic beekeeping industry

November 17, 2017

A nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will support Penn State researchers in determining best management practices for organic beekeeping by comparing organic and chemical-free to conventional management systems.

Penn State food safety expert offers tips on safe handling of holiday leftovers

November 17, 2017

One of the great things about an abundant Thanksgiving meal is the opportunity to enjoy it a second, third or even fourth time — for many, leftovers are as much of a holiday tradition as the feast itself.

Major gifts benefit College of Ag Sciences entrepreneurship and innovation

November 13, 2017

The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences today (Nov. 10) announced two $1 million gifts to endow positions in its Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I) Program. Both gifts have received matching funds from the University.

Mushrooms are full of antioxidants that may have antiaging potential

November 10, 2017

Mushrooms may contain unusually high amounts of two antioxidants that some scientists suggest could help fight aging and bolster health, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

Exposure to chemical during pregnancy may cause health problems for offspring

November 8, 2017

A chemical called bisphenol A — BPA — used in plastic packaging and in the linings of food and beverage cans, may be passed from a mother to her offspring during pregnancy and cause changes in the gut bacteria of the offspring, according to an international team of researchers.

Office for Research and Graduate Education

Address

217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802-2600

Office for Research and Graduate Education

Address

217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802-2600