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Kaixi, just after passing her exam.
November 11, 2015

Congratulations to Kaixi Zhao, Ph.D. student in the Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology, who passed her Oral Candidacy Exam on November 10, 2015. Kaixi is advised by Dr. Cristina Rosa, Assistant Professor, Plant Virology.

Soybean harvest
November 9, 2015

Photos capture this fall's corn, soybean, and potato harvests, fall tillage, potato samples, and aerial views of the farm fields.

Minkenberg receives MBBISP award
November 6, 2015

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.

November 6, 2015

Penn State News this week features Sara Getson, Plant Science and French double major and Plant Pathology minor, whose long-time family tradition of mushroom hunting led to her dream of a plant science career.

November 5, 2015

Egyptian Fulbright Scholar Alsayed Alfiky takes another step on his Microbial Genetics career path as a visiting scholar in Penn State’s Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology.

2015 Best Costumes
October 30, 2015

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology celebrated Halloween, October birthdays, and Dr. Vasileios Bitas's new position with Symbiota.

Rob Harvey with Dr. Nina Shishkoff
October 27, 2015

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.

October 23, 2015

Anita Behari, Ph.D. student in Dr. Gretchen Kuldau's lab, details her summer research collaboration at the University of Missouri.

Drs. Jiménez Gasco and Coaker
October 20, 2015

Dr. Gitta L. Coaker, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology at UC Davis, delivered a joint seminar sponsored by the Dept. of Plant Pathology & Environmental and the Dept. of Plant Biology.

October 19, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Vasileios Bitas, who has accepted a position as a scientist with Symbiota in Cambridge, MA.

October 15, 2015

Penn State's Ag Career Day introduced Giorgi Mushroom Company, the largest single-location mushroom farm in the world, to its recent new hire Anh Tran, a fungi fan and Department of Food Science 2015 graduate.

October 12, 2015

Scott Isard showcased the Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education Cooperative Agricultural Project at the National Integrated Pest Management Coordinators Committee meeting.

October 12, 2015

Many young growers were among the 178 attendees at the annual Mushroom Short Course, held September 27-29, 2015, in Chadd's Ford, Pennsylvania, featuring speakers from industry and academia.

Drs. Boudreau, Jiménez Gasco, and Peter
October 5, 2015

PPEM Fall Seminar Series speaker Dr. Mark A. Boudreau, a Penn State-Brandywine Dept. of Biology instructor, presented "Intercropping and Leaf Spot of Peanuts: Opportunities and Challenges From Seven Years of Study."

September 23, 2015

Big congrats to Drs. Tim McNellis (AGECO 121 Plant Stress: It's Not Easy Being Green) and María del Mar Jiménez Gasco and Gretchen Kuldau (PPEM 120 The Fungal Jungle) for teaching the top two "most interesting courses to take" at Penn State.

September 18, 2015

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.

September 18, 2015

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.

Cape Point at the Cape of Good Hope
September 11, 2015

Dr. Beth Gugino's inaugural visit to South Africa included her keynote speech at the 25th Annual Soil-borne Disease Symposium in Stellenbosch, tours of several crop production fields in the Western Cape province, and breathtaking beauty.

September 8, 2015

Dr. Gary W. Moorman retired on August 31, 2015, after 32 years of service in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology.

September 4, 2015

The Dept. of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology welcomed new Dept. Head Carolee T. Bull and thanked Interim Dept. Head David M. Geiser.