Plant Scientist Works with Landowners, Law Enforcement to Protect Ginseng
February 3, 2015
Eric Burkhart, plant science program director at Penn State’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, is working to encourage private forestland owners to cultivate ginseng. He was recently awarded a grant by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to continue his work surveying growers and setting up monitoring sites for the state’s remaining wild ginseng on public lands.
Living Laboratory Offers Thousands of Acres for Research, Recreation
January 24, 2015
Stone Valley has long history as "experimental forest"
Soils Could Keep Contaminants in Wastewater from Reaching Groundwater, Streams
January 23, 2015
With endocrine-disrupting compounds affecting fish populations in rivers as close as Pennsylvania's Susquehanna and as far away as Israel's Jordan, a new research study shows that soils can filter out and break down at least some of these emerging contaminants.
New Model Identifies Eastern Stream Sections Holding Wild Brook Trout
January 8, 2015
A new model that can accurately identify stream sections that still hold suitable habitat for wild brook trout will help fisheries managers from Maine to Georgia find and protect habitat for this fish, which is an economically, socially and ecologically important species.
Evaluating Wastewater Reuse with the “Living Filter”
December 11, 2014
Penn State's “Living Filter” is a wastewater reuse system started as a research initiative in the 1960s. A recent study by graduate student Emily Woodward and colleagues at Penn State aimed to determine whether estrogen hormones in the wastewater used for irrigation were accumulating in the soil profile.