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January 30, 2013

Researchers are interested in learning what residents believe about the current status of the Keystone State's water and how they think funding and other resources should be prioritized to best protect and manage water resources.

January 23, 2013

Penn State professors Ming Tien and John Carlson, along with one of their former post-doctoral fellows, Haiying Liang, have invented a method for modifying crop growth so that the resulting plants are easier to digest.

January 22, 2013

Growers should be aware of the Produce Safety Rule proposed Jan. 4 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

January 18, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Marc Abrams, of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management on being awarded a fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

January 14, 2013

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, has established a UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership and Youth Development in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

December 18, 2012

A plant may start to prime its defenses as soon as it gets a whiff of a male fly searching for a mate, according to Penn State entomologists.

December 17, 2012

Entomology graduate student Anjel Helms, and faculty members Consuelo De Moraes, John Tooker, and Mark Mescher had their findings published in the December 13 issue of PNAS.

December 14, 2012

Students involved in agricultural sciences research should mark their calendars for the 19th Annual Graduate and Undergraduate Research Expo, to be held on March 13th and 14th, 2013.

December 6, 2012

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is part of a $6.2 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at improving food security in the developing world.

December 6, 2012

An animal scientist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences played a role in the first complete sequencing of the pig genome by an international team of researchers.

November 29, 2012

Six Penn State faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

November 29, 2012

With the current focus on carbon emissions affecting climate change and the critical role forests play in storing the element, a better understanding of the impact that fire has on the global carbon cycle is needed by policymakers, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

November 29, 2012

The November 8th issue of Scientific American included an article on the work of Dr. David Hughes, assistant professor of entomology and biology, with the Ophiocordyceps parasitic fungus, also known as the "Zombie Ant Fungus."

November 26, 2012

"And don't let the bedbugs bite" is no longer a harmless adage. In reality today, these bloodthirsty bugs infest thousands of homes.

November 26, 2012

Earlier this year, the U.S. Golf Association, the golf turfgrass industry and the Penn State turfgrass program lost a friend and colleague, Stanley Zontek.

November 19, 2012

The November 15th issue of Nature includes the publication of the pig genome, entitled “Analyses of pig genomes provide insight into porcine demography and evolution.” This project was contributed to by Dr. Wansheng Lui, an Associate Professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences Department of Animal Science. Sequencing of the pig genome began in the 1990’s and the International Swine Genome Sequence Consortium (SGSC) launched in 2003. Dr. Liu’s laboratory is involved in the construction of a high-resolution radiation hybrid (RH) map with ~10,000 gene markers. This map serves as a “scaffold” for pig genome sequence assembly and gene annotation.

November 13, 2012

The College of Agricultural Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University is looking for an Independent Contractor – Report Writing Professional to assist in completing the FY2012 USDA Annual Report of Accomplishments and Results and the FY2013-2018 Plan-of-Work for the College of Agricultural Sciences Extension and Research enterprise, due to USDA April 1, 2013.

November 13, 2012

An ingredient in green tea that helps reduce blood sugar spikes in mice may lead to new diet strategies for people, according to Penn State food scientists.

November 8, 2012

Penn State will be hosting the annual meeting of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology on November 9th and 10th.

November 8, 2012

As Penn State celebrates 150 years of graduate education, Research Unplugged featured a graduate student researcher at the third talk in its six-event series.