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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.

Brian Aynardi, PhD Candidate in Plant Pathology, and Faculty Senate representative for the Penn State Graduate Student Association
December 12, 2012

Brian Aynardi will address promoting cultural diversity at the Faculty Senate meeting on January 29, 2013.

Dr. James Moyer, 2012 Outstanding Alumni
October 23, 2012

Dr. James Moyer was recently honored with the College of Agricultural Sciences 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award by Dean Bruce McPheron at an award ceremony held on October 19th at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Dr. Daniel Klessig
October 19, 2012

Dr. Klessig from Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research/Cornell University presented a talk titled “SOS-too many mobile signals in systemic acquired resistance? & CTR1, a key player in multiple layers of immunity" on Monday, October 15.

August 1, 2012

Graduate students enrolled in this summer’s PPATH 502 organized by Drs. Don Davis and Fred Gildow, had the opportunity to learn about plant disease diagnosis from many experts during July gaining hands-on experiences in the field and lab. The sudents also networked and learned about different job opportunities in industry and government.

Dr. Don Davis (Dr. Dennis Decoteau not pictured)
July 31, 2012

Drs. Don Davis and Dennis Decoteau have received two grants totaling $539,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality, to monitor ambient ground-level ozone in the Marcellus Shale natural gas areas of PA and study impacts of ozone on PA vegetation.

Dr. John Pecchia, Assistant Professor/Research Associate and Manager of the Mushroom Research Center
June 26, 2012

Effective July 1, 2012, Dr. John Pecchia will be the newest addition to the Faculty of Plant Pathology. Dr. Pecchia has been hired as a dual-titled Assistant Professor/Research Associate and Manager of the redesigned Mushroom Research Center. John will have teaching responsibilities for PPATH 405 and will be designing a new undergraduate general education course in Mushroom Biology. He will also be the new advisor for the Mushroom Science Minor in Plant Pathology.

Dr. James Moyer
June 15, 2012

Dr. James Moyer a MS (1973) and PhD (1976) graduate of the Department of Plant Pathology at Penn State University has been selected as an Outstanding Alumni of the College of Agricultural Sciences for 2012.

Emily Pfeufer hard at work grading onions at harvest at one of the on-farm survey locations in July 2011.
May 31, 2012

Emily’s hard work over the past few years has paid off! Emily was recently interviewed for an article titled “Kelly working to dig up ailments as plant pathologist” published in her hometown newspaper the Saint Marys Daily Press on May 25, 2012.