Penn State researcher's work empowers youth to be change agents

September 5, 2017

Young people's voices often are not heard, especially if they are on the "fringe" of society.

Leaf sensors can tell farmers when crops need to be watered

September 5, 2017

Plant-based sensors that measure the thickness and electrical capacitance of leaves show great promise for telling farmers when to activate their irrigation systems, preventing both water waste and parched plants, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

More research needed on effects of maternal stress in wild animals

September 5, 2017

If a human mother is stressed while pregnant, research shows her child is much more likely to have emotional, cognitive or even physiological problems, such as attention deficit, hyperactivity, anxiety, language delay, obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

Pathway's power to boost, halt tumors may be promising cancer therapy target

August 30, 2017

A protein, called inositol-requiring enzyme 1 — IRE1 — may serve as a key driver in a series of molecular interactions that can both promote and, paradoxically, inhibit tumors in certain types of cancers, such as non-melanoma skin cancers, according to a team of molecular biologists.

Three faculty members join the Institutes of Energy and the Environment

August 28, 2017

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) announced the addition of three new cofunded faculty members who will join Penn State during the 2017–18 academic year. The faculty members are Kristina Douglass, Jonathan Duncan and Jillian Goldfarb.

Penn State pilot program for hemp research is yielding production insights

August 28, 2017

Hemp is hip again in Pennsylvania, and researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are among a select group tasked with exploring the potential economic benefits to the Commonwealth of this important — yet maligned — crop.

New report on farm sales and income graphically shows 'where the action is'

August 23, 2017

Many would argue that bigger doesn't necessarily mean better. But when it comes to the profitability and survival of Pennsylvania farms, size apparently matters, according to a report compiled by economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Wood frogs research clarifies risks posed to animals by warming climate

August 23, 2017

As conditions warm, fish and wildlife living at the southern edge of their species' ranges are most at risk, according to Penn State researchers who led a major collaborative study of how wood frogs are being affected by climate change.

Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion

August 23, 2017

With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol.

Injecting manure instead of spreading on surface reduces estrogen loads

August 23, 2017

With water quality in the Chesapeake Bay suffering from excess nutrients and fish populations in rivers such as the Susquehanna experiencing gender skewing and other reproductive abnormalities, understanding how to minimize runoff of both nutrients and endocrine-disrupting compounds from farm fields after manure applications is a critical objective for agriculture.

Reducing reliance on herbicides the objective of research at Penn State

August 8, 2017

For farmers, weed management is an ongoing battle, especially as the number of herbicide-resistant weeds seems to grow each year. And when weeds invade crops, everyone loses, from the grower, who loses money on damaged crops and herbicides that don't work, to the consumer, who might have to pay higher prices at the grocery store as a result.

Video: Penn State researchers find new solution to combat age-old bedbug problem

August 8, 2017

As the summer travel season kicks into high gear, Penn State researchers have found a potential solution to those unwanted guests that can turn a relaxing vacation into a skin-crawling nightmare.

Plant Disease Clinic at Penn State provides diagnostic, management services

August 1, 2017

The leaves on your favorite houseplant have been wilting and dropping off for weeks. Its stems are starting to bend. You've tried to bring it back to life by adjusting the room temperature, moving it to a different window, and not watering it as much. Yet, it's not improving.

Pennsylvania snowshoe hares differ from those in Yukon

August 1, 2017

Snowshoe hares in Pennsylvania — at the southern end of the species' range — show adaptations in fur color and characteristics, behavior and metabolism, to enable them to survive in less wintry conditions than their far northern relatives, according to a team of researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Shale gas development spurring spread of invasive plants in Pa. forests

July 25, 2017

Vast swaths of Pennsylvania forests were clear-cut circa 1900 and regrowth has largely been from local native plant communities, but a team of researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has found that invasive, non-native plants are making significant inroads with unconventional natural gas development.

Using a pig model to study chronic diseases may help minimize drug failure rate

July 25, 2017

Scientists may be able to minimize the failure rate of drugs for diseases linked to high-calorie diets, such as colon cancer and type 2 diabetes, if they test treatments using a pig model, according to an international team of researchers.

Researchers receive USDA grant to study new riparian buffer strategy

July 25, 2017

A team led by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a nearly $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct a three-year study of a new flexible strategy to ramp up installation of riparian buffers.

McIntire-Stennis Forestry Research - Deadline August 31, 2017

July 20, 2017

This grant opportunity is being offered to support forestry-related research.

Graduate Student Travel Awards

July 20, 2017

The College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Travel Awards are available to any registered full-time Graduate Student advised by our faculty (College or Inter-College major).

Animal Health and Disease Research - Deadline August 31, 2017

July 20, 2017

This grant opportunity is being offered to support research that relates to animal health and disease research.

Soil filters out some emerging contaminants before reaching groundwater

July 19, 2017

There is considerable uncertainty surrounding emerging contaminants in aquatic ecosystems and groundwater, and a recent Penn State study of compounds from pharmaceuticals and personal care products didn't add much clarity. But it did provide insight into the transport of the chemicals, according to researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

High-fat ice cream may not necessarily mean tastier ice cream

July 19, 2017

Even though ice cream connoisseurs may insist that ice cream with more fat tastes better, a team of Penn State food scientists found that people generally cannot tell the difference between fat levels in ice creams.

Researchers to develop new gene-editing method for the study of arthropods

July 13, 2017

A grant from the National Science Foundation will enable a Penn State-led team of entomologists to develop and disseminate a technology they say could bring gene-editing capabilities within reach of everyday scientists, regardless of the arthropod species they study.

Researchers working with sports venues to make them 'greener,' sustainable

July 13, 2017

Ecosystem and bioproduct researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are working with professional sports franchises to make their venues "greener" and reduce the environmental impact of their events.

Dr. Liwang Cui received the Malaria Coin at the Second Annual Malaria Forum

July 3, 2017

The Coin honors individuals whose achievements or terms of service have advanced the U.S. Army Malaria Vaccine Mission. The coin is awarded by the Director of the Division of Malaria Vaccine Development at WRAIR. Past recipients of the coin have included Bill Gates.

Bats have potential to host avian and human influenza viruses, study shows

June 30, 2017

Bats, which make up about a third of all mammalian species, play an important role in our ecosystem. They eat bugs that "bug" us, pollinate more than 500 species of plants, including banana and cacao, and distribute the seeds of many other plants.

Malting barley research at Penn State aims to support craft beer industry

June 23, 2017

When it comes to libations, more and more Pennsylvanians are raising their glasses in favor of craft beer.

Grape-based compounds kill colon cancer stem cells in mice

June 19, 2017

Compounds from grapes may kill colon cancer stem cells both in a petri dish and in mice, according to a team of researchers.

Researchers studying impact of warming conditions on woodland salamanders

June 19, 2017

Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are spearheading a four-year-old collaborative effort to assess the impact of a warming climate on the Eastern red-backed salamander, a creature that lives on or under the forest floor.

Penn State researchers receive grant to develop new contraception technology

June 16, 2017

Two Penn State researchers have received a grant through the Grand Challenges Explorations program — an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — to develop a novel approach to contraception.

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