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Foodborne pathogen sheltered by harmless bacteria that support biofilm formation
August 21, 2019
Pathogenic bacteria that stubbornly lurk in some apple-packing facilities may be sheltered and protected by harmless bacteria that are known for their ability to form biofilms, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest the discovery could lead to development of alternative foodborne-pathogen-control strategies.
Whole genome sequencing may help officials get a handle on disease outbreaks
August 7, 2019
In a series of studies, researchers showed that whole genome analysis can provide highly detailed information on pathogens in a timely fashion. The findings could help public officials prepare treatment and prevention options when disease outbreaks threaten the public.
Novel powdered milk method yields better frothing agent
July 23, 2019
A novel method of processing — using high-pressure jets to spray milk and then quickly drying the spray — yields skim milk powders with enhanced properties and functionality, according to Penn State researchers, who say the discovery may lead to "cleaner" labels on foods.
Penn State Dairy Products Evaluation Team places in national contest
April 29, 2019
The Dairy Products Evaluation Team in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences won several awards during the National Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Competition held April 17 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Kaylegian Recognized by Gamma Sigma Delta Chapter for Extension Excellence
April 2, 2019
Dr. Kerry Kaylegian was recognized for Extension Excellence by Gamma Sigma Delta chapter on March 28, 2019 during the “Celebration of Excellence Event” held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Penn State Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta.
Penn State food science senior has found the ingredients for success
March 20, 2019
Brianna Elicker, of York, a senior majoring in food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has had a passion for food and agriculture from an early age.
More scrutiny needed for less-deadly foodborne bacteria
February 13, 2019
Employing advanced genetic-tracing techniques and sharing the data produced in real time could limit the spread of bacteria — Bacillus cereus — which cause foodborne illness, according to researchers who implemented whole-genome sequencing of a pathogen-outbreak investigation.
Wake up and smell the coffee: Research shows freezing beans can preserve aroma
January 17, 2019
Andrew Cotter's day does not begin until he's had his "cup of Joe," a ritual he takes seriously as one of a growing group of coffee consumers who grind and brew specialty coffee beans at home for a more flavorful and fragrant experience.
Chewing gum may be effective for delivering vitamins
October 10, 2018
Nearly 15 percent of all chewing gum varieties sold promise to provide health-enhancing supplements to users, so Penn State researchers studied whether two vitamin-supplemented products were effective at delivering vitamins to the body. Their results validate the concept of gum as an effective delivery system for at least some vitamins.
Internship at McCormick & Co. 'spices up' student's experience
October 10, 2018
Maya Alcalá, a student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is on her way to becoming a seasoned professional thanks to a summer internship with McCormick & Co., an opportunity that came her way at the college's annual Ag Sciences Career Day.
Link found between bitter-taste sensitivity and cancer risk
July 18, 2018
High bitter-taste sensitivity is associated with a significantly increased risk of cancer in older British women, according to researchers who conducted a unique study of 5,500 women whose diet, lifestyle and health has been tracked for about 20 years.
Pearlman relishes role as Berkey Creamery product development intern
April 26, 2018
Nathan Pearlman, a food science major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has savored his senior year, thanks, in part, to an internship with the Penn State Berkey Creamery that has helped to launch his professional life.
Zaffuto takes on food science industry one brownie at a time
April 23, 2018
From winning a brownie competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show during his eighth grade year to securing first place in the nation for developing a new product with a team of Penn State food scientists, Michael Zaffuto is diving headfirst into the field of food science.
Food Science Alumna receives Georgia Association Teachers Award
March 27, 2018
The Georgia Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences has named Elizabeth Andress, professor of foods and nutrition in the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS), the organization’s Postsecondary Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year.
Penn State Extension names Molly Kelly enologist
February 23, 2018
Penn State Extension has appointed a new enology extension educator to continue and enhance its support for Pennsylvania's growing wine industry.
Research aims to help cacao producers, chocolate makers boost profits
February 15, 2018
Craft chocolate — made with fine flavor cacao beans and valued for its distinctive flavors and high quality — is gaining a fast following, and research underway in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is aimed at helping bean growers and bar makers benefit from this trend.
Penn State Grape and Wine Team boosts industry through research, education
December 19, 2017
The Penn State Grape and Wine Team supports the growing grape and wine industry through cutting-edge research and outreach that addresses grape and wine production and quality challenges, with particular emphasis on Pennsylvania and the eastern United States.
Ag Alumni Council alumnus endows Open Doors Scholarship
November 16, 2017
Capt. Kenneth R. Haas, of Oakton, Virginia, a retired U.S. Navy officer and a 1953 Penn State dairy science alumnus, has paid tribute to his alma mater by establishing the Haas Family Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Using a pig model to study chronic diseases may help minimize drug failure rate
July 24, 2017
Scientists may be able to minimize the failure rate of drugs for diseases linked to high-calorie diets, such as colon cancer and type 2 diabetes, if they test treatments using a pig model, according to an international team of researchers.
Grape-based compounds kill colon cancer stem cells in mice
June 19, 2017
A compound made from grape skins and grape seeds killed colon cancer stem cells in mice, according to researchers. The study, along with previous studies on the low incidence of colon cancer in populations that tend to eat plants, may also offer clues to the role that foods play in suppressing and treating cancer.