Local gardens provide protection for threatened pollinators

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College of Agricultural Sciences edition

Monday, June 30, 2014

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Local gardens provide protection for threatened pollinators

With the arrival of summer comes the activity of pollinators -- birds, bees, butterflies and more -- which are threatened by habitat loss, pesticides, pollution and climate change. To help them, the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research, the Penn State Master Gardener Program and The Arboretum at Penn State are partnering to create a large network of public and private pollinator gardens throughout central Pennsylvania.  Full story

Malaria parasite manipulates host's scent

Malaria parasites alter the chemical odor signal of their hosts to attract mosquitos and better spread their offspring, according to researchers, who believe this scent change could be used as a diagnostic tool.  Full story

New breeds, historical demonstration highlight Ag Progress Days horse events

A variety of new and returning events will delight horse lovers of all ages who make the trip to Penn State's Ag Progress Days this year, according to organizers in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The event's Equine Experience, Aug. 12-14, will offer a full schedule of training and breed clinics, demonstrations, informational displays and lectures.  Full story

Former Penn State students create Living Furniture prototype

GreenTowers LLC originated two years ago as a student research team at Penn State, dedicated towards finding a solution to the growing concern of how to feed 9.5 billion people in the year 2050. After winning numerous entrepreneurship and sustainability competitions, including two sponsorships from Penn State’s Sustainability Institute – Dow SISCA and the Reinvention Fund – and one from the College of Agricultural Sciences, the team initially designed and built a mobile greenhouse that uses aquaponic technology.  Full story