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  • Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes


814-865-9653

Areas of Expertise:
  • High-throughput sequencing
  • Crop-associated microbiomes
  • Impacts of disturbance on plant-microbe relationships
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Professor of Mushrooms


814-863-7059

Areas of Expertise:
  • Mushroom cultivation
  • Composting
  • Mushroom nutrition and physiology
  • IPM and Disease Management for Mushroom cultivation
  • Mushroom extension services for the North American mushroom industry
  • Department Head
  • Professor of Plant Pathology and Systematic Bacteriology


814-865-7448

Areas of Expertise:
  • Phytobacteriology
  • Translational Taxonomy
  • Systematic Bacteriology
  • Biological Control
  • Sustainable and Organic Agriculture
  • Special Assistant to the Deans, College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Professor


814-865-2541

Areas of Expertise:
  • Plant Pathology
  • Fungal Genetics
  • Plant Breeding
  • Assistant Professor and Research Associate
  • Director, Southeast Agricultural Research & Extension Center


717-653-4728

Areas of Expertise:
  • Corn Disease
  • Soybean Disease
  • Wheat Disease
  • Field Crops Disease Management
  • Professor


814-865-1689

Areas of Expertise:
  • Tree Diseases
  • Biocontrol
  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Field Crop Pathology


814-865-0680

Areas of Expertise:
  • Integrated management of field crop diseases
  • Plant disease epidemiology
  • Statistical methods for the agricultural sciences
  • Professor of Mycology
  • Director, Fusarium Research Center


814-865-9773

Areas of Expertise:
  • Fusarium and Aspergillus
  • Fungal genetics
  • Fungal systematics and evolution
  • Fungal plant and animal pathogens
  • Director of Graduate Studies
  • Associate Professor Vegetable Pathology


814-865-7328

Areas of Expertise:
  • Integrated vegetable disease management
  • Plant pathogen diagnosis
  • Disease monitoring and forecasting
  • Sustainable crop production
  • Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology
  • Lloyd Huck Early Career Professor


814-865-4472

Areas of Expertise:
  • Bacteriology
  • Phyllosphere Microbiology
  • Protein-mediated Bacterial Antagonism
  • Molecular Biology
  • Professor


814-865-6290

Areas of Expertise:
  • Aerobiology
  • Food security
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Associate Professor
  • Coordinator and Adviser of the Minor in Plant Pathology


814-863-2355

Areas of Expertise:
  • Population biology
  • Ecology of plant-associated microorganisms
  • Fusarium and Verticillium wilts
  • Professor


814-863-3846

Areas of Expertise:
  • Biocontrol
  • Bioinformatics
  • Fungal genetics and genomics
  • Microbial chemical ecology
  • Molecular diagnosis of plant pathogens
  • Associate Professor


814-863-7232

Areas of Expertise:
  • Mycotoxins
  • Endophytes
  • Fusarium
  • Fungal genetics
  • Fungal secondary metabolites
  • Agricultural biosecurity
  • Associate Professor


814-863-7646

Areas of Expertise:
  • Fire blight resistance in apple trees
  • Biologically-based approaches to fire blight disease control
  • Development of citrus greening-resistant citrus varieties
  • Molecular genetics of Erwinia amylovora pathogenicity
  • Development of tomatoes resistant to bacterial canker disease
  • Understanding rootstock-scion interactions in grafted apple trees
  • Assistant Professor
  • Mushroom Science and Technology Minor Adviser


814-865-1008

Areas of Expertise:
  • Composting
  • Compost Utilization
  • Mushroom Cultivation
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Assistant Professor and Research Associate, Tree Fruit Pathology


717-677-6116

Areas of Expertise:
  • Apple and pear diseases
  • Peach, cherry, other stone fruit diseases
  • Tree fruit disease management
  • Research Associate


814-867-4928

Areas of Expertise:
  • Potato
  • Potato diseases
  • Professor, Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, and Biology
  • Sir Walter Murdoch Adjunct Professor, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia


814-865-2292

Areas of Expertise:
  • Adaptation to extreme environments with microbes
  • Assistant Professor, Plant Virology


814-867-5372

Areas of Expertise:
  • plant virology
  • microbe plant interaction
  • vectors of plant viruses and of other plant pathogenic microbes
  • plant disease prediction and management models
  • Senior Research Assistant


814-863-7399

Areas of Expertise:
  • Molecular biology
  • Plant bacteriology
  • Development of novel controls for citrus greening and fire blight
  • Genetics of virulence and auxotrophy in Erwinia amylovora
  • Professor


814-777-4498

Areas of Expertise:
  • Epidemiology and management of turfgrass diseases
  • Population biology of turfgrass pathogens
  • Host defense response in turfgrass pathosystem
  • Chemical control of turfgrass diseases
  • Senior Research Assistant & Lecturer


814-865-0717

Areas of Expertise:
  • Ornamental plant disease diagnosis
  • Conifer diseases
  • Mycology
  • Fungal isolation
  • Microscopy
  • Photographic documentation
  • Chromatography
  • Laboratory safety and management
  • Professor


814-867-0324

Areas of Expertise:
  • Molecular plant-microbe interactions
  • Disease resistance and abiotic stress tolerance
  • Functional genomics and biotechnology
  • Genome editing and engineering
  • Rice, tomato, potato and mushroom precision breeding
  • Gene-edited and genetically modified organisms