Agriculture systems and technology

Stopping Malaria at its Source

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 445,000 people died of malaria in 2016—most were young children in sub-Saharan Africa. Penn State’s Matthew Thomas and an international team of researchers have developed an in-home solution aimed at preventing the spread of malaria.

Agriculture Thrives in Virginia

The network Agricultural Research and Extension Centers around Virginia help the Commonwealth’s number one industry — agriculture — thrive.

Self-Powered Wearable Technology

For emerging wearable tech to advance, it needs improved power sources. Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) have provided a potential solution via crumpled carbon nanotube (CNT) forests.

Increasing Ecosystem Services and Climate Change Resilience in Dominant Agroecosystems of the Northeast

Climate change is demanding that we find new ways to adapt agricultural systems to remain profitable, curb environmental impacts, and minimize their contributions to greenhouse gas emissions.

Resource Management in Commercial Greenhouse Production

Across the country, controlled environments make year-round agriculture possible.

A New Climate Process “The Soil Moisture Re-Emergence” is Discovered

Long-term droughts (e.g., the recent California drought) have resulted in billions of dollars of economic losses and severe stress on ecosystem productivity.

Packaging Insecticides in Tiny Capsules May Make Them More Toxic

Encasing insecticides in microscopic plastic capsules, a common formulation for many pest sprays on the market, could lead to unintended consequences.

Cotton IPM Saves Millions

Integrated pest management (IPM) seeks to reduce risks to people and the environment and economic risks to growers while effectively managing pests.

Pesticide Residues in Cotton and Polyester Garments

Understanding safe pesticide use is critical in the protection of pesticide handlers, not just during the mixing, loading, and application of chemicals, but also to any residues in their clothing after application.

Leveraging Basic Ecology to Improve Water Quality and Aquaculture Production

Blooms of toxigenic cyanobacteria poison aquaculture ponds around the world.