A group of single-celled algae known as Symbiodinium, which live inside corals and are critical to their survival, are only now being separated into species via DNA analysis by researchers including Todd LaJeunesse.
The project, led by Penn State professor and lead scientist Charles Fisher and project manager James Brooks of TDI Brooks International, has been honored by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program with the Excellence in Partnership award.
Iliana Baums and colleagues have discovered that a coral species found in abundance from Indonesia eastward to Fiji, Samoa, and the Line Islands rarely crosses the Eastern Pacific Barrier toward the coast of the Americas.
Coral reefs are suffering from overfishing and other types of resource exploitation, and are being degraded by pollution from sewage and agricultural runoff as well as by increasing sea-surface temperatures and acidification as a result of global warming.
Research conducted by Penn State's Andrew Read reveals that malaria parasites evolve to become more virulent in response to their hosts being immunized with a critical component of several candidate human malaria vaccines which are currently in clinical trials.
Heather Karsten leads the Sustainable Dairy Cropping Systems research project " a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to managing whole-farm sustainability through conservation of soil, nutrients, biodiversity and energy.
Huck Institutes director Peter Hudson and researcher Raina Plowright of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics have been featured in the New York Times for their research on disease ecology in bighorn sheep and Australian fruit bats.
The Penn State biology and entomology professor and Huck Institutes faculty member has been granted funding to pursue his innovative global health and development research project, entitled "Taking out the bodyguards: a novel solution to ag disease."
Written by Andrew Read " director of the Huck Institutes' Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics " this article originally appeared in the Centre Daily Times on April 29, 2012 as the first installment of the bimonthly "Focus on Research" column highlighting research projects being conducted across all disciplines at Penn State.
A research team led by Penn State biology professor and Huck Institutes faculty member Blair Hedges has identified and named 24 new species of skinks " half of which may already be extinct or nearing extinction, and the rest of which are threatened with extinction.