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College of Agricultural Sciences edition

College of Agricultural Sciences edition

Monday, August 31, 2020


Person herding goats in Africa

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.  Full story

Adrian Smith lanternfly tree trap

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.  Full story

A switchgrass field in Centre County, Pa.

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.  Full story

CSRE Fall 2020 Grant Program Call for Proposals

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.   Full story

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.  Full story