Researchers predict climate change-driven reduction in beneficial plant microbes

Bacteria that benefit plants are thought to be a critical contributor to crops and other ecosystems, but climate change may reduce their numbers, according to a new study by an international team of researchers. They published their findings in Nature Food.

Plant pathologist to research plant diseases in organic vegetables

Sharifa Crandall will use a $800,000 grant from the USDA’s Organic Transitions initiative to study methods to suppress soilborne pathogens in vegetable high tunnels.

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Podcast explores impacts of inter-species microbial interactions

Over the past two decades, scientists have discovered that all multicellular life forms on Earth, including human beings, play host to a multitude of microorganisms.

Q&A: Indigenous community-first approach to more ethical microbiome research

Microbiome samples from Indigenous communities have played an important role in furthering Western medicine but have often been excluded from the research process and may miss out on the benefits that result from their contributions to science.

Penn State rises in THE World University Rankings; places 20th among US publics

Penn State ranked 20th for U.S. public universities, and 42nd in the nation overall, in the 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Q&A: Searching for life where it shouldn’t exist

A team of Penn State scientists is working to solve one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries: how life originated on Earth — and how it might have evolved on other planets.

Researchers aim to reduce antimicrobial resistance in Puerto Rico dairy industry

Using a $1 million grant from the USDA, a Penn State-led research team will assess levels of antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms in Puerto Rico's dairy industry and train farmers and students to mitigate the health threat they pose.

Penn State-led team to study climate-threatened Colombian Paramos’ soil microbes

Estelle Couradeau will lead an international team researching how climate change will affect soil microbes in the ecologically fragile and important Paramos ecosystem in Colombia’s Andes Mountains.

One Health Microbiome Center honors creativity and mentoring with award series

The One Health Microbiome Center (OHMC) below has named eight recipients for its 2023-24 Inaugural Award Series.

Herbs and spices tout taste and health as saturated fat, salt replacements

A team of Penn State researchers has figured out how to remove some saturated fat, sugar and salt from popular American foods while maintaining their tastiness. The trick? Replacing these overconsumed nutrients with a dose of healthy herbs and spices.