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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.

Dr. Marilyn Roossinck
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.

Image: Penn State  The need to train farm workers in "good agricultural practices," or GAPs, will be among the issues addressed by the Food Safety Resource Center, one of three new agricultural resource centers established by Penn State and the state Depa
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.

Children looking through microscopes at fungi at Ag Progress Days. Image: Penn State Hands-on activities immerse
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.

a female beetle, Euwallacea validus - Image: Matthew Kasson, Penn State
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.

Image: Penn State-- Pennsylvania is a major producer of fresh market mushrooms in North America.
July 15, 2013

Campus tours -- part of the 50th anniversary of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

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.

Dr. David Carroll
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, PhD Candidate in Plant Pathology
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.

L-R: Dr. Fred Gildow and Dr. George Abawi, President-elect of APS
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.

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.

Graduate student in crop field  INTAD program graduate Anna Testen paused in a quinoa field. She studied the possibilities of using bacteria to promote growth and reduce disease in the Andean seed crop.
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.

Tree-fruit pathologist Kari Peter will conduct applied research and extension education programs from her base at Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville.
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.

Ilse A. Huerta Arredondo working in the lab of Dr. Bill Fry at Cornell University.
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.

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.

Dr. Marilyn Roossinck
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.

Sara May (left) and Sarah Bardsley (right)
December 12, 2012

Sara May and Sarah Bardsley, PhD Candidates in Plant Pathology, have been selected for funding by the College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Competitive Grants Program. Each will receive $2,000 from the Alex and Jessie C. Black Research Fund Endowment to support their thesis research projects.

(Left to Right) Douglas Keith, Randy Dreibelbis, and Vija Wilkinson
December 12, 2012

The College of Agricultural Sciences held the annual 25-year Service Award ceremony on December 5, 2012, at the Nittany Lion Inn. The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology honored three 25-year employees this year including: Randy Dreibelbis, Vija Wilkinson, and Douglas Keith.