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Mushroom Science

Dr. John Pecchia, Assistant Professor, in collaboration with Dr. David Beyer, seeks a student interested in mushroom science pathology or compost science.
Dr. John Pecchia | Credit: Penn State

Dr. John Pecchia | Credit: Penn State

Dr. John Pecchia, Assistant Professor, in collaboration with Dr. David Beyer, seeks a student interested in mushroom science pathology or compost science.

Pennsylvania is the nation’s leading mushroom-producing state, accounting for 64 percent of the U.S. production. Drs. Pecchia and Beyer work closely with U.S. commercial mushroom growers to address both basic and applied challenges that face this dynamic industry.

The Pecchia Lab is looking for a self-driven student who is interested in studying either:

  • Mushroom disease control in organic production systems
  • Composting microbiology and biochemistry

The goal of this work is to help mushroom growers minimize losses associated with mushroom pathogens and to improve upon production bioefficiency as it relates to the science of compost utilization.

Contact Information

John A. Pecchia, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor
Phone: 814-865-1008