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Ph.D. candidate Bastian Minkenberg was selected for Penn State's Alumni Association Dissertation Award of $5,000.
Congratulations to Phillip Martin, a 2017 awardee of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Alumna Carla Garzón visits PPEM faculty and students and delivers PPATH 590 seminar on March 13.
Ph.D. candidate Bastian Minkenberg successfully defended his dissertation on Feb. 27.
M.S. student Genna Tesdall's research project was one of five student research projects awarded funding in the Fall 2016 grant cycle.
Ph.D. student Phillip Martin organized a Jan. 27 PPEM group tour to learn about the fruit industry in Adams County.
See photos from the PPEM Annual Winter Party held at Celebration Hall on Jan. 26.
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Freddy Magdama for successfully defending his dissertation on Jan. 20.
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Anita Behari for passing her comprehensive exam on Jan. 12.
Highly-qualified candidates are invited to apply for PPEM graduate research assistantships that begin Summer or Fall 2017.
Congratulations to Edelio Bazán for passing his oral candidacy exam on Dec. 13.
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Robert Harvey for passing his comprehensive exam on Dec. 7.
On Dec. 5-6, 2016, Dr. W. G. Dilantha Fernando, University of Manitoba, gave two seminars for PPEM related to wheat and canola.
Congratulations to Jennie Mazzone who successfully defended her M.S. thesis on Nov. 29 and will join Bartlett Tree Experts in Jan. 2017.
Congratulations to Dr. Brian Aynardi, who will be Northeast Research Scientist for PBI-Gordon Corporation following his Dec. graduation.
Congratulations to Chris Smyth for passing his Ph.D. comprehensive exam on Nov. 17.
Rob Harvey's graduate oral presentation won first place at the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology's annual meeting.
Congratulations to Tareq Islam for passing his oral candidacy exam on November 11.
Congratulations to Joe Walls for passing his oral candidacy exam on November 3.
The year 2016 was a successful one for Dr. Tim McNellis, several former and current advisees, and select undergraduates.
Alumna Dr. Kira Bowen (B.S., 1980) led a manuscripts publication workshop and presented a seminar for the dept. on October 31.
Undergraduate Sara Getson reports on the Northeastern Division of the American Phytopathological Society's annual meeting held Oct. 19-21.
Congratulations to Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón for her funded proposal supported by the James F. and Marilyn L. Tammen Memorial Endowment for International Plant Pathology.
USDA ARS Research Plant Pathologist Bill Wintermantel was the seminar speaker on October 17.
Ph.D. candidate Yueying Chen successfully defended her dissertation research on October 6.
Penn State Agricultural Council honors Smyth as an outstanding leader in the Pennsylvania agricultural community.
Plant Pathology Association volunteers participate in apple harvest at Rock Springs Sept. 24-25.
Summer interns Fenstermacher and Finley brought to fruition Penn State Node launch on Bugwood site.
PPEM's annual Fall Welcome Potluck was held September 16 to introduce new dept. members.
First lab meeting of academic year planned research and welcomed new member Chris Ramage.
UC Riverside Associate Professor and Associate Plant Pathologist Dr. James Ng was the Sept 12 PPEM Colloquium Series speaker.
Congratulations to Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón for passing her oral candidacy exam on Sept. 8.
Congratulations to Steve Conaway for successfully defending his doctoral dissertation this afternoon.
Congratulations to Brian Aynardi for successfully defending his dissertation titled "Sclerotinia homoeocarpa: Pathogen biology and molecular detection methods."
The Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology welcomes the Fall 2016 class of new graduate students.
PPEM dept. members continue noteworthy monthly outreach at North Atherton Farmers Market.
Ag Progress Days PPEM volunteers coordinator Judy Sinn credits dept. members for successful PPEM interactive display.
Genna Tesdall relates Rome and Washington, D.C. experiences with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Graduate students and staff showcased research and answered gardening questions at North Atherton Farmers Market on July 23.
Vegetable pathology team completes onion harvest at Larson Ag Research Center and SE Ag Research and Extension Center.
Ph.D. candidate Chris Smyth seeks to raise $4,000 by Aug. 13 to fund Sept. research at three Florida sea turtle nest sites.
The first PPEM Bioinformatics Workshop, a beginner’s guide to basic sequence analysis, was held July 11–15.
Dr. Alyssa Collins writes about undergraduate student interns and the beneficial day they spent in the Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) on June 29.
Ph.D. candidate Malileh Safari passed her comprehensive exam on Friday, June 24.
Sara Klee has been selected to receive $1,000 from the Leonard J. Francl Endowment in support of her graduate research in plant pathology .
Sara May was awarded $1,400 from the Larry J. Jordon Memorial Endowment in support of her field research in plant pathology.
Ph.D. candidate Bastian Minkenberg's research was included in UC-Berkeley's first Plant Genome Engineering Symposium this week.
The Univ. of Delaware's UDaily web article features Chris Ramage, who will join PPEM this summer as a new Ph.D. student.
One Ph.D. Plant Pathology graduate, one Mushroom Science Technology minor graduate, and five iMPS Homeland Security graduates join PPEM alumni.
Dr. Cristina Rosa, Asst. Prof. of Plant Virology, introduces her new lab members and highlights recent lab accomplishments.
This year's Arbor Day Celebration at the Penn State Arboretum included a new PPEM station which focused on the role of microbes.
Ph.D. candidate Freddy Magdama reports on the emergence of FocTR4 and int'l efforts to address this banana industry threat.
On April 19 the College of Agricultural Sciences hosted students from two Philadelphia high schools for Plant Sciences Recruitment Day.
This year's "Earth Day Birthday" at Millbrook Marsh included more than 500 visitors and an interactive table for plant pathology and mycology.
Freddy Magdama was awarded 2nd Place at the Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium.
Bastian Minkenberg presented his most recent progress on “Advancing crop genome engineering with tools to edit multiple genes.”
This spring semester PPEM welcomes new Plant Pathology M.S. student and visionary Genna Tesdall.
Student-invited colloquium speaker Maryn Carlson's presentation on March 28, 2016, was titled "Genetic dynamics of an experimental biparental population of Phytophthora capsici."
Gugino and Mazzone visited Zamorano Agricultural University in Honduras to obtain information for educational materials to help Western Honduran growers.
Ph.D. student Freddy Magdama's Health & Life Sciences research poster won second place at the 2016 Graduate Exhibition, held March 18 and 20.
Ph.D. student Sara Klee newly named as APS Office of Education board member and I. E. Melhus Symposium presenter at 2016 APS Annual Mtg.
Dr. Kari Peter and Ph.D. candidate Christopher Smyth led STEM Career Launch sessions at Penn State Harrisburg for 9th grade students.
Penn State Ph.D. student Sara Klee describes her six-week study at the University of Florida Cancer and Genetics Research Center.
M.S. student Jennie Mazzone describes the meaning and value she derived from presenting at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention.
M.S. Student Garrett Morrison gives an in-depth look at PA Farm Show's "Mush-Room" booth.
When interviewed by the York Daily Record at the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show this week, Ph.D. Student Rob Harvey lauded mushrooms and the mushroom industry.
State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania funding for graduate-student housing at Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center will enhance research and the regional economy.
Sarah Bardsley Capasso and Jennie Diehl Mazzone each took first place in the APS Northeastern Division meeting's graduate oral paper and poster competitions.
Jennie Mazzone was awarded funding to develop educational materials to empower Honduran women in the horticultural value chain.
Kayla A. Echols, Plant Biology Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Yinong Yang's lab, commends the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.
Bastian Minkenberg, Plant Biology Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Yinong Yang's lab, traveled last month to Des Moines, Iowa, as part of Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program.
Dr. Nina Shishkoff, Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Plant Pathologist, talked with faculty and students today about her work in a Biological Safety Level 3 containment facility.
Anita Behari, Ph.D. student in Dr. Gretchen Kuldau's lab, details her summer research collaboration at the University of Missouri.
Sarah Capasso and Freddy Magdama, under the supervision of Dr. María del Mar Jiménez Gasco, received competitive travel awards to attend the 2015 American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting held in Pasadena, CA.
Ph.D. student Freddy Magdama teamed up with Sarah Eissler (M.S. student in Rural Sociology) to present a research project for the Dow-Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Awards.
Six new graduate students have joined the Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology: Edelio R. Bazán, Kayla A. Echols, Matthew S. Wheatley, Melissa L. Finley, Md Tariqul Islam, and Garrett E. Morrison.