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.

Scientists to study how soil health is influenced by pest-management tactics

June 15, 2017

An entomologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study and compare how various pest-management regimes affect the health of soils.

Spicing up diet of transition dairy cows may be good for their health

June 13, 2017

It would be difficult to overstate the importance of the U.S. dairy industry. At $27 billion annually, its impact on the American economy and diet is immense, and at its core, the sector is completely dependent on the health and productivity of cows.

Chronic wasting disease research with deer in Pa. becomes more crucial

May 26, 2017

The recent announcement by the Pennsylvania Game Commission that it found 25 more wild deer with chronic wasting disease last year underlines the importance of studies being conducted by a team of researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Research focuses on reclaiming strip-mine sites for biofuel crop production

May 26, 2017

Marvin Hall, a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is currently working a project to bring highly productive life back to damaged land by planting a crop — switchgrass — that can be used as an alternative fuel source.

From coca to cacao

May 15, 2017

As Colombia emerges from 50 years of violence, Penn State experts promote a harvest of peace.

Invent Penn State’s Fund for Innovation awards $75,000 to Persea Naturals

May 5, 2017

A team of food science researchers from Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences are launching a promising new venture to produce a line of all-natural, vibrant food colors, dubbed AvoColor, using a compound derived from the seed of the avocado.

If some hemlock trees can just hang on, birds that need them may be OK

May 5, 2017

In 2000, when a team of scientists led by Robert Ross studied the response of birds to the beginning of hemlock tree decline in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Matt Toenies was just seven years old, and the ecological havoc wreaked by invasive species was the farthest thing from his mind.

Ingesting soy protein may ease severity of inflammatory bowel disease

May 5, 2017

A diet supplemented with soy protein may be an effective adjunct therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases, Penn State researchers reported after completing a study that included mice and cultured human colon cells.

Researchers aim to eliminate malaria in Southeast Asia

April 24, 2017

Researchers at Penn State have received more than $1 million in first-year funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate malaria transmission in Southeast Asia with a goal of working toward the disease's elimination in the region. They will receive up to approximately $9 million over seven years for this project.

United Nations organization renews UNESCO Chair program at Penn State

April 24, 2017

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has renewed for another five years its support for the UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at Penn State. Mark Brennan, a faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences, will continue in his role as chair and provide leadership to the program.

Shale gas threat to forests can be eased by consolidating infrastructure

April 24, 2017

Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians — driven by pipeline and access road construction — is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to head off loss of this critical habitat.

Cover crops may be used to mitigate and adapt to climate change

April 24, 2017

Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture, according to a Penn State researcher.

Researchers recruiting citizen-scientists for 'Great Pumpkin Project'

April 24, 2017

A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is reaching out to Master Gardeners, teachers, students and other interested parties to participate in a citizen-science project that ultimately could benefit growers, crops, pollinators and the environment. "The Great Pumpkin Project" is aimed at describing the geographic distribution of important crop plants and the insects and microbes with which they interact.

Penn State to mentor youth researchers in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

April 13, 2017

Encouraging youth to have empathy for others is the goal of a research initiative spearheaded by a graduate student at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Adding grads and going green can brighten economic outlook

March 31, 2017

Attracting college graduates and improving natural amenities -- parks, hiking trails, cleaner air -- can combine to boost economic growth. Penn State researchers suggest the factors may reinforce each other -- a clean environment attracts college grads who want to improve the environment.

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University Park, PA 16802-2600