College of Agricultural Sciences news

College of Agricultural Sciences edition
Monday, August 31, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Growing drought causing trees to drop leaves; portends a poor foliage display
-- Penn State black walnut trial turns 40, now ideal climate-change experiment
-- Aspirin after calving can provide relief to dairy cows, increase milk production
-- Reducing transmission risk of livestock disease
-- Spotted lanternfly tree traps can be effective, but need careful installation
-- Student completes virtual internship with state Fish and Boat Commission
-- Professor named to federal Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers
-- Advanced biofuels show promise for replacing some fossil fuels
-- USDA-funded project focused on boosting enrollment of minorities in ag sciences
-- Grant to enable creation of AI tools to improve adolescents' diets and nutrition
-- Security center announces Fall 2020 Grant Program
-- Bull elected fellow of American Phytopathological Society

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STORIES:

Growing drought causing trees to drop leaves; portends a poor foliage display
With little rain in the long-term weather forecast, a worsening drought in much of the Northeast portends trouble for Pennsylvania's vaunted fall foliage display, at least in parts of the state, according to a Penn State forest expert.

https://news.psu.edu/link/BVYPpvdh
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Penn State black walnut trial turns 40, now ideal climate-change experiment
Few visitors to Penn State's University Park campus know about the Black Walnut Provenance Study, a two-acre grove of black walnut trees near the northeast border of campus which has an interesting backstory and a role to play in ongoing and future research.

https://news.psu.edu/link/63B5Dzc2
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Aspirin after calving can provide relief to dairy cows, increase milk production
Dairy cows that received a short course of anti-inflammatory medication after calving had lower metabolic stress and produced more milk than untreated cows, according to researchers, who say the regimen they tested could be adopted more easily by producers than previously studied treatment strategies.

https://news.psu.edu/link/w7jnVtmB
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Reducing transmission risk of livestock disease
According to a new study, the risk of transmitting the livestock virus PPRV, which threatens 80% of the world's sheep and goats, increases with certain husbandry practices, including attendance at seasonal grazing camps and the introduction of sheep and goats to the herd.

https://news.psu.edu/link/S_J6knKW
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Spotted lanternfly tree traps can be effective, but need careful installation
For homeowners dealing with spotted lanternfly infestations, tree traps can be a cost-effective, nonchemical option. However, there are important factors to consider when using tree traps, most notably how to avoid catching nontarget creatures such as bees, butterflies and mammals, according to a spotted lanternfly expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

https://news.psu.edu/link/gHJF9WWg
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Student completes virtual internship with state Fish and Boat Commission
Junior Matthew Bellia, an Environmental Resource Management major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, spent his summer completing a research-based internship with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ZwmB3yDz
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Professor named to federal Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers
Elsa Sánchez, professor of horticultural systems management in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/HXWzpf8f
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Advanced biofuels show promise for replacing some fossil fuels
Plant-based biofuels can play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and growing these crops in certain landscapes offers net climate benefits compared to other land use options, according to a team of international scientists.

https://news.psu.edu/link/dRmzc4tt
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USDA-funded project focused on boosting enrollment of minorities in ag sciences
Penn State is among a group of land-grant universities embarking on a project that will support the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities and women in food, agricultural, natural resources and human sciences.

https://news.psu.edu/link/M85W41b2
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Grant to enable creation of AI tools to improve adolescents' diets and nutrition
With a $1.2 million grant from Fondation Botnar, an international team of researchers will assess the feasibility of creating and launching a global-scale artificial-intelligence app for mobile devices that diagnoses diet-related problems and offers nutritional advice to adolescent girls living in urban settings in Ghana and Vietnam.

https://news.psu.edu/link/xxDB4f7L
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Security center announces Fall 2020 Grant Program
The Penn State Center for Security Research and Education is announcing its Fall 2020 Grant Program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State. University faculty and researchers are eligible to apply by Nov. 2.

https://news.psu.edu/link/92jzhsPx
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Bull elected fellow of American Phytopathological Society
Carolee Bull, professor of systematic bacteriology and plant pathology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected as a fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, an honor given to members in recognition of distinguished contributions to the discipline of plant pathology.

https://news.psu.edu/link/h84wdxYZ

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