Latest News

September 1, 2015

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.

August 31, 2015

Congratulations to Sara Klee, Ph.D. candidate in Plant Pathology under the supervision of Dr. Timothy W. McNellis, and Yueying Chen, Ph.D. candidate in Plant Pathology under the supervision of Dr. Yinong Yang, for recently passing their comprehensive exams.

August 24, 2015

The Penn State Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology is actively seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor to develop an innovative research program on plant-associated microbiomes ("phytobiomes").

August 24, 2015

Applications are now being received for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Penn State Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology to develop a high impact research program on the ecology of microbes.

August 11, 2015

The Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology welcomes Carol Boring to her new position as Graduate Program Coordinator.

July 31, 2015

The American Solar Energy Society's Solar 2015 conference attendees toured Elwin Stewart's Happy Valley Vineyard on Thursday, July 30, to see firsthand his vineyard's innovative solar energy technology.

Dr. Jiménez Gasco (6th from right)
July 23, 2015

María del Mar Jiménez Gasco, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology, presented an invited talk in Skukuza, South Africa, for the Common Bean Disease Workshop on Angular Leaf Spot and Root Rots.

July 9, 2015

Ningxiao Li, Ph.D. candidate in Plant Biology, is a recipient of the 2015/2016 Storkan-Hanes-McCaslin Research Foundation Award and the 2015 Huck Dissertation Research Award. These awards will support her dissertation research, which is supervised by Dr. Seogchan Kang, on roles and modes of action of fungal volatiles in manipulating plants.

June 9, 2015

Assistant Professor Kari Peter received the Joan Luerssen Faculty Enhancement Fund from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Peter will be using this fund to participate in Clemson’s Plant-Parasitic Nematode Identification Course, which will facilitate the growing need for guiding tree fruit growers on nematode problems.

May 4, 2015

Plant Pathology minor undergraduate Hunter Swisher received a $2,000 research award from the College of Agricultural Sciences to find out if morel mushrooms are considered mycorrhizal fungi.

Dr. Carolee T. Bull
April 25, 2015

Dr. Carolee T. Bull will assume the roles of Professor and Head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology on September 1, 2015.

April 7, 2015

Plant Science major Hunter Swisher’s poster placed second at the Gamma Sigma Delta Research Exposition on March 24, 2015.

April 2, 2015

Sara Klee, Plant Pathology Ph.D. student in Dr. Tim McNellis’s lab, received third place for her poster presentation during the 30th Annual Penn State Graduate Exhibition on March 22, 2015. Her poster was titled "Using fluorescent labeling to gain insight into fire blight disease development."

April 1, 2015

Ph.D. graduate and current postdoc Emily Pfeufer leaves this week to join the Plant Pathology faculty at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Our department's gratitude and pride in her work will continue after her departure. We wish Dr. Pfeufer well!

March 31, 2015

Christopher Smyth, Plant Pathology Ph.D. student in Dr. David Geiser's lab, has received a John W. Rippon Research Award from the Mycological Society of America. This award supports innovative graduate student research on medically important fungi.

March 30, 2015

Bastian Minkenberg, Plant Biology Ph.D. student in Dr. Yinong Yang's lab, is the recipient of a prestigious 2015 Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program Fellowship. This program supports students working on rice or wheat breeding.

March 17, 2015

Sara Klee (Ph.D. candidate in Plant Pathology) received an American Phytopathological Society Graduate Student Travel Award ($500) during the APS Potomac Division meeting in Rehoboth, DE, March 11-13, 2015.

March 5, 2015

PPEM congratulates former postdoc Kabin Xie, Ph.D. student Bastian Minkenberg, and Associate Professor Yinong Yang for their publication in PNAS documenting an innovative method to improve genome editing technology.

February 19, 2015

The exhibition, "Mushrooms: A Tribute to the Kneebone Mushroom Reference Library," is on display Feb. 25 to May 7, in the Sidewater Commons, 102 Pattee Library on the University Park campus. Leon R. Kneebone, Professor Emeritus of botany and plant pathology, donated his private library to create a working library for researchers in all fields of mushroom cultivation and mycology.