Department of Plant Science

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Plant Science News

Leaf sensors can tell farmers when crops need to be watered
September 13, 2017
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Plant-based sensors that measure the thickness and electrical capacitance of leaves show great promise for telling farmers when to activate their irrigation systems, preventing both water waste and parched plants, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Post-doctoral Research Associate Position Available in Plant Science
August 29, 2017
Post-doctoral position to coordinate and conduct research and extension activities in a multidisciplinary project on approaches to reducing tillage in an organic, cover crop-based feed grain production system in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Penn State researchers hope to extend berry growing season in Northeast
May 18, 2017
June marks the start of what many here in the Northeast believe is the sweetest part of summer — berry season. It's a time ripe with strawberry festivals, pick-your-own-berries and local farmers' markets.
Harrison Fritz working to hardscape the trash cubby at Stormbreak House, a halfway house for girls in State College.
Student landscaping team builds outdoor space for local Stormbreak house
May 9, 2017
Penn State’s landscape design and landscape construction classes are known for their incredible community projects. But with this year’s undertaking, the courses have gone above and beyond.