College of Agricultural Sciences news

College of Agricultural Sciences edition
Monday, August 17, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Penn State provides updated Compact option for students
-- Penn State launches new public health campaign
-- Pandemic safety officers to help facilitate COVID-19 safety plan implementation
-- Cover crop mixtures must be 'farm-tuned' to provide maximum ecosystem services
-- Research helps explain source of pathogen that causes bitter rot disease
-- Cover crop roots are key to understanding ecosystem services
-- Flavonoids' presence in sorghum roots may lead to frost-resistant crop
-- New video shares best practices for safe return to campus
-- College of Ag Sciences students receive Gilman grant for international study
-- Forestry alumnus to receive 2020 Sir William Schlich Memorial Award
-- Brooks named Forensic Science program director
-- Etherton receives beef cattle organization's Industry Service Award
-- Animal science students place first in National Quadrathlon

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STORIES:

Penn State provides updated Compact option for students
Penn State is providing an updated compact option for students, which will be available as a second option to students in the coming days.

https://news.psu.edu/link/sgHBZtWf
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Penn State launches new public health campaign
Penn State has launched an integrated effort to remind faculty, staff and students at all campuses and in adjacent communities of the importance of doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19. "Mask Up or Pack Up" is a research-based campaign that is also launched in State College to create a seamless message for students and other members of the community.

https://news.psu.edu/link/gRk7LBzV
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Pandemic safety officers to help facilitate COVID-19 safety plan implementation
In preparation for the return of employees and students to Penn State's campuses for the fall semester, comprehensive safety guidelines have been developed and will be strictly enforced in the interest of the health and safety of the University community.

https://news.psu.edu/link/1TBzXqvm
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Cover crop mixtures must be 'farm-tuned' to provide maximum ecosystem services
Penn State researchers, in a recent study, were surprised to learn that they could take the exact same number of seeds from the same plants, put them in agricultural fields across the Mid-Atlantic region and get profoundly different stands of cover crops a few months later.

https://news.psu.edu/link/zdHcKqM8
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Research helps explain source of pathogen that causes bitter rot disease
A new way of looking at the fungal pathogen, Colletotrichum fioriniae, as a leaf endophyte — bacterial or fungal microorganisms that colonize healthy plant tissue — was the outcome of a two-year study conducted by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.


https://news.psu.edu/link/GsLFVGV8
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Cover crop roots are key to understanding ecosystem services
To judge the overall effectiveness of cover crops and choose those offering the most ecosystem services, agricultural scientists must consider the plants' roots as well as above-ground biomass, according to Penn State researchers who tested the characteristics of cover crop roots in three monocultures and one mixture.

https://news.psu.edu/link/vdgcPQ6Q
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Flavonoids' presence in sorghum roots may lead to frost-resistant crop
Flavonoid compounds — produced by the roots of some sorghum plants — positively affect soil microorganisms, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest the discovery is an early step in developing a frost-resistant line of the valuable crop for North American farmers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/JHnF4SZD
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New video shares best practices for safe return to campus
The University has released a new PPE Policy, Classroom Management and Safety video to promote a safe return to Penn State's classrooms on Aug. 24.

https://news.psu.edu/link/4FRP2CYJ
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College of Ag Sciences students receive Gilman grant for international study
Two students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Janelle Answer and Justin Kurtz, have received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

https://news.psu.edu/link/2HmWkf4Q
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Forestry alumnus to receive 2020 Sir William Schlich Memorial Award
Richard Guldin, a 1970 graduate in forest science from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been selected as the 2020 winner of the Sir William Schlich Memorial Award. The Schlich award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of forestry with emphasis on policy and national or international activities.


https://news.psu.edu/link/tk2g874R
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Brooks named Forensic Science program director
Jason W. Brooks, associate clinical professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences at Penn State, has been named director of the Forensic Science program in the Eberly College of Science's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, effective Sept. 14.

https://news.psu.edu/link/PsvThsvn
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Etherton receives beef cattle organization's Industry Service Award
Terry Etherton, head of the Department of Animal Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2020 Industry Service Award from the Pennsylvania Cattlemen's Association at its recent annual meeting.

https://news.psu.edu/link/4k86W5QY
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Animal science students place first in National Quadrathlon
Animal science students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences took first place in the American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon, held online in July as part of the American Society of Animal Science virtual annual meeting and trade show.

https://news.psu.edu/link/N9T6qXWT

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