College of Agricultural Sciences news

College of Agricultural Sciences edition
Monday, January 4, 2021

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Researchers investigate an at-home 'scratch-and-sniff' test for COVID-19
-- Discovery of chemical clue may lead to solving cacao's black pod rot mystery
-- Study: Bumble bees lacking high-quality habitat have higher pathogen loads
-- Live town hall, webinars highlight Penn State programs for virtual Pa. Farm Show
-- Course grows professional skills, networks for College of Ag Sciences students

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STORIES:

Researchers investigate an at-home 'scratch-and-sniff' test for COVID-19
A self-administered "scratch-and-sniff" test for COVID-19 may be around the corner, according to researchers at Penn State, the University of Florida and Arizona State University. The team, which received $912,000 from the National Institutes of Health, will analyze two different smell tests with a goal of developing inexpensive, at-home tests to help identify new cases of COVID-19 and provide a warning sign of a community outbreak in time to thwart it.

https://news.psu.edu/link/FMfZxkwY
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Discovery of chemical clue may lead to solving cacao's black pod rot mystery
The finding of relatively high levels of the antimicrobial compound clovamide in the leaves of a disease-resistant strain of cacao has significant implications for breeding trees that can tolerate black pod rot, according to Penn State researchers who conducted a novel study.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ybVmvL3T
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Study: Bumble bees lacking high-quality habitat have higher pathogen loads
Bumble bees found in low-quality landscapes — characterized by a relative lack of spring flowers and quality nesting habitat — had higher levels of disease pathogens, as did bumble bees in areas with higher numbers of managed honey bee hives, according to research led by Penn State scientists.

https://news.psu.edu/link/WfWR5Vb4
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Live town hall, webinars highlight Penn State programs for virtual Pa. Farm Show
An online, town-hall-style event featuring the dean of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the secretary of the state Department of Agriculture will highlight Penn State programming during the 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show, which will be held virtually Jan. 9-16. Penn State Extension also will offer 29 live webinars during the virtual show.

https://news.psu.edu/link/4wKGQdCt
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Course grows professional skills, networks for College of Ag Sciences students
A new pilot course, "Agricultural and Extension Education 597: Innovation and Critical Thinking Practicum," offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, provides the opportunity for students to gain real-world experience and to cultivate relationships with professionals in their desired career field.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ZRsw8XsJ

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Coronavirus updates
Stay up-to-date on the latest information from Penn State regarding the global coronavirus outbreak.
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