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2013

Laura Ramos-Sepulveda receives Graduate Student Competitive Grant
December 11, 2013
Laura Ramos-Sepulveda, Ph.D. Candidate in Plant Pathology, has received a 2013-14 College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Competitive Grant! Laura's proposal, titled "Novel Virulence Genes in Erwinia amylovoa, the Fire Blight Pathogen," was selected as one of ten proposals throughout the College to receive this award. Laura is advised by Dr. Tim McNellis.
McNair Scholar and Plant Pathology Minor excels in undergraduate research
November 11, 2013
Patrick Thomas really knows how to juggle—his workload, that is. This busy PSU senior is a McNair Scholar, and an Agricultural Science major pursuing both Plant Pathology and Agronomy minors.
David Carroll (M.S. '73) receives College of Agricultural Sciences' 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award
October 24, 2013
David graduated in 1973 with a M.S. degree in Plant Pathology advised by Dr. Lee Schisler. David’s thesis research resulted in the patenting of “Spawn Mate” a delayed released supplement widely used in the mushroom industry, which have produced the largest royalties to Penn State to date.
Drs. David Geiser and Seogchan Kang attend the 2013 United States Culture Collection Network meeting in Boothbay Harbor, Maine
October 18, 2013
Penn Stater inducted as Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society
October 18, 2013
Professor Fred Gildow, Head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology was inducted as a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society(APS) at the annual APS meeting held in Austin, Texas. This is the highest honor given to APS members in recognition of meritorious contributions to the discipline of plant pathology.
Dr. Marilyn Roossinck to discuss 19th Century Foods at the Pasto Agricultural Museum
October 10, 2013
This Sunday afternoon October 13th from 1pm-4pm, the Pasto Agricultural Museum will focus on 19th Century Foods. From her life-long interest in cooking and food preperation, Dr. Roossinck will discuss cooking methods and common ingredients used in household cooking, comparing them to modern cooking.
Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology Hosts Environmental Microbiology Symposium
October 4, 2013
A campus-wide interdisciplinary symposium on Environmental Microbiology sponsored by the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the Huck Institute of the Life Sciences was held on Saturday, September 28, in 100 Thomas Building.
Job Opening for Professor & Head, Dept. of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology
September 27, 2013
The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a dynamic individual to provide leadership and vision as Department Head.
Dr. Beth Gugino presents at Penn State's 14th annual College of Ag Sciences' research tour
September 27, 2013
Dr. Beth Gugino, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, and her faculty colleagues demonstrated importance and impacts of research in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Hilary Cheesman Takes Preliminary Trip to Bolivia
September 1, 2013
INTAD student, Hilary Cheesman, traveled in April to Bolivia to begin research that will support the sustainability and productivity of Andean farmers. Click the link to learn more.
Environmental Microbiology Symposium
August 29, 2013
On September 28, the Environmental Microbiology Symposium is being hosted by the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, to celebrate 50 years of Plant Pathology at Penn State, and to initiate our new expanded role in Environmental Microbiology. The symposium is a way to bring together everyone at Penn State who is interested in this topic to exchange ideas and develop potential collaborations.
Marilyn Roossinck contributes to report developed by the American Academy of Microbiology
August 28, 2013
According to the World Food Program, over 850 million people do not have enough food to eat. In order to address this critical need, the American Academy of Microbiology gathered some of the world’s leading experts in plant-microbe interactions to discuss how microbes can help grow more food with fewer expensive inputs like fertilizer and pesticides. The result of this discussion has been compiled in a new report, “How Microbes can Help Feed the World.” This report explains why plants need microbes, the kinds of services can microbes provide, and the vital research and development investment needed to make this succeed.
New agricultural resource centers to be highlighted at Ag Progress Days
August 12, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Three new agricultural resource centers funded in the recently passed Pennsylvania state budget will be unveiled to the public during Ag Progress Days on Aug. 13-15 at Rock Springs.
Hands-on activities immerse young Ag Progress Days visitors in science July 29, 2013
August 12, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Science and interactive fun are at the heart of planned educational displays and activities for youth at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15.
Avocado farmers face unique foe in fungal-farming beetle
July 18, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Beetles with unusual "green thumbs" for growing fungi are threatening avocado crops and could transform into a more destructive pest, according to an international team of researchers.
Mushroom production: From art to science, Penn State's role
July 15, 2013
Campus tours -- part of the 50th anniversary of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
Plant Pathology faculty to receive awards and recognition at 2013 APS national meeting
July 5, 2013
The American Phytopathological Society (APS) recently announced the 2013 APS award recipients to be recognized at the national meeting in Austin, Texas, which will be held August 10-14 . Two Penn State Faculty in Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology will be recognized this year: Dr. Seogchan Kang and Dr. Fred Gildow.
David Carroll to receive College of Agricultural Sciences 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award
June 26, 2013
David Carrroll, earned his MS degree in Plant Pathology in 1973 working with Dr. Lee Schisler. Mr. Carroll is recognized as an international leader in the business of mushroom production and is the President of Giorgi Mushroom Company (and several other companies).
Kristi Fenstermacher - Storkan-Hanes-McCaslin Foundation Award recipient for 2013-14
June 25, 2013
Congratulations to Kristi Fenstermacher, PhD Candidate in Plant Pathology, for receiving a Storkan-Hanes-McCaslin Foundation Award for the 2013-14 academic year! Kristi will be studying population dynamics of soil-borne Fusaria; her research is supervised by Dr. David Geiser.
Ailanthus tree's status as invasive species offers lesson in human interaction
June 24, 2013
Plant Pathology Celebrates 50th Anniversary
June 13, 2013
An exhibit celebrating the golden anniversary of the formation of the Department of Plant Pathology in 1963 is currently on display through September 17th in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library in 104 Paterno Library on the Penn State Campus.
50th Anniversary Exhibit and Celebration
May 15, 2013
You are invited to join in celebrating the Grand Opening of our 50th Anniversary Exhibit of the Department of Plant Pathology to be held on Friday, June 7 from 3:30-6:00pm in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library.
First degrees conferred from new International Ag graduate program
March 21, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A new dual-title graduate degree program in International Agriculture and Development offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has graduated its first two students.
PA apple growers to benefit from addition of tree-fruit pathologist
March 20, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Pennsylvania has a strong tree-fruit industry, led by the nation's fourth largest apple crop, which was valued at more than $133 million in 2012. But diseases that damage fruit can severely limit production, causing potentially millions of dollars in losses annually.
Travel Award Provides Opportunity to Learn More About Phytophthora infestans
March 4, 2013
Thanks to donations from current and past Department alumni, an endowment was established for the enhancement of graduate student education. The latest recipient received a travel award to visit the lab of Dr. Bill Fry at Cornell University.
Assistantships available in Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
February 18, 2013
Microbes team up to boost plants' stress tolerance
February 17, 2013
While most farmers consider viruses and fungi potential threats to their crops, these microbes can help wild plants adapt to extreme conditions, according to a Penn State virologist.
Wild plants are infected with many viruses and still thrive
February 13, 2013
Researchers have studied viruses as agents of disease in humans, domestic animals and plants, but a study of plant viruses in the wild may point to a more cooperative, benevolent role of the microbe, according to a Penn State virologist.