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Beekeepers with frame

Researchers aim to develop best practices for organic beekeeping industry

A nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will support Penn State researchers in determining best management practices for organic beekeeping by comparing organic and chemical-free to conventional management systems. The funding comes from the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Schuylkill campus student Alyssa marks a square meter of their research transect using a meter long stick as she prepares to count saplings and seedlings.

Schuylkill campus trio conduct environmental research in Costa Rica

A trio of Schuylkill campus students ventured to Costa Rica with the CHANCE program -- Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences -- conducting research on hummingbirds' songs and riparian forests.
Schuylkill campus student Alyssa marks a square meter of their research transect using a meter long stick as she prepares to count saplings and seedlings.

Alyssa uses meter long stick

Schuylkill campus student Alyssa marks a square meter of their research transect using a meter long stick as she prepares to count saplings and seedlings.

Schuylkill campus student Alyssa marks a square meter of their research transect using a meter long stick as she prepares to count saplings and seedlings.

Schuylkill campus trio conduct environmental research in Costa Rica

The CHANCE program: Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences
This peculiar Costa Rican tree grows with its roots above ground.

Above-ground tree roots

This peculiar Costa Rican tree grows with its roots above ground.

Penn State students cross a suspension bridge as they descend into the Costa Rican jungle.

Orange dart frog

Penn State students cross a suspension bridge as they descend into the Costa Rican jungle.

Penn State students cross a suspension bridge as they descend into the Costa Rican jungle.

Penn State students cross a suspension bridge as they descend into the Costa Rican jungle.

students cross bridge

A lizard lounges on a branch at night.

A lizard lounges on a branch at night.

lounge lizard

Schuylkill campus student Alyssa takes measurements while conducting research in the Costa Rican jungle.

Schuylkill campus student Alyssa marks a square meter of their research transect using a meter long stick as she prepares to count saplings and seedlings.

Alyssa conducts research

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