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.

Penn State researchers take aim at invasive, 'pernicious' spotted lanternfly

November 8, 2017

As populations of the invasive spotted lanternfly explode — and the state-imposed quarantine area in southeastern Pennsylvania expands — researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are looking for solutions to help stop the insect's spread and save agricultural crops from serious damage.

'Zombie ant' brains left intact by fungal parasite

November 8, 2017

A fungal parasite that infects ants and manipulates their behavior to benefit the fungus' reproduction accomplishes this feat without infecting the ants' brains, according to a study led by Penn State researchers.

Use of glow sticks in traps greatly increases amphibian captures in study

November 8, 2017

With amphibian populations declining around the world and funds to find the causes scarce, a team of Penn State researchers has shown that an unorthodox tactic will make it easier and therefore less expensive to capture adult salamanders and frogs.

Penn State hosts international E. coli research experts

November 7, 2017

With its 50-year-old E. coli Reference Center, Penn State long has been at the forefront in isolating bacteria from animals, humans and the environment.

Penn State partners to address Republic of Georgia's invasive stink bug problem

November 1, 2017

Entomologists from Penn State are working to apply what they have learned by studying the Mid-Atlantic region's brown marmorated stink bug infestation — which peaked between 2010 and 2013 — to similar recent problems impacting the Republic of Georgia in eastern Europe.

Caramel apples stored at room temperature for extended periods can pose risk

November 1, 2017

It's the time of the year when grocery store shelves are overflowing with Halloween goodies, but there is one treat that consumers should be wary of, according to a food scientist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Research yields test to predict bitter pit disorder in Honeycrisp apples

November 1, 2017

Test could prevent millions of dollars worth of wasted fruit annually

Ag Sciences student explores global food practices, nutrition

October 13, 2017

Emily Seiger, a community, environment and development major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is gaining insight into problems related to food safety, hygiene and food security around the world.

University leadership's plea to Penn Staters: write to legislators

October 13, 2017

State budget stalemate creates angst for Penn State and state-related universities, as effect on tuition is considered

World Food Prize: Grad students look forward to expanding knowledge at symposium

October 13, 2017

This year, two graduate students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Ilse Huerta and Celize Christy, will represent the University at World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 18-20.

Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences adds five new faculty members

October 10, 2017

Adrian Barragan and Hayley Springer have joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as extension veterinarians and research associates, Troy Sutton and Molly Hall as assistant professors and Tamer Sharaf El Din as clinical assistant professor.

Penn State launches interdisciplinary Center for Security Research and Education

October 9, 2017

Penn State has announced the creation of a new center designed to bring together the University’s many strengths in all aspects of national, homeland and global security.

Graduate training program in pollinator ecology gets a boost with USDA grant

October 9, 2017

A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will enhance an innovative Penn State graduate training program in entomology and ecology aimed at helping to solve the multifaceted problem of pollinator decline.

New Mobile App Diagnoses Crop Diseases in the Field and Alerts Rural Farmers

October 3, 2017

Researchers who developed a new mobile application that uses artificial intelligence to accurately diagnose crop diseases in the field have won a $100,000 award to help expand their project to help millions of small-scale farmers across Africa.

Networking Event Promotes Microbiome Research Collaborations

October 3, 2017

Those interested in learning about or participating in microbiome research at Penn State are invited to attend a networking event sponsored by the University's Microbiome Research Center.

New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution

September 21, 2017

An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution.

Whole food diet may help prevent colon cancer, other chronic conditions

September 20, 2017

A diet that includes plenty of colorful vegetables and fruits may contain compounds that can stop colon cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases in pigs, according to an international team of researchers.

$4.92M gift to Penn State for industrial biotechnology education, research

September 19, 2017

CSL Behring, a global specialty biotherapeutics leader, has committed $4.92 million to Penn State over the next six years to create the multidisciplinary Center of Excellence in Biotechnology, and to revitalize the Shared Fermentation Facility, an engine for collaboration and innovation in biological training and research on the University Park campus.

Grant supports research to enhance epithelial barrier function, immune response

September 15, 2017

A faculty member in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a $7.3 million grant for innovative research on a cellular protein that could be a target for enhancing immune function in response to a variety of diseases and environmental toxins.

Forest experts: All signs point to a banner year for Pa.'s foliage display

September 15, 2017

The rainy summer in Pennsylvania has set the stage for what could be an awesome autumn foliage display, according to forest ecologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

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