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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.

Dr. Joe Smith, DVM and Dr. Gretchen Kuldau
May 30, 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Joe Smith, DVM the first graduate of the Master in Professional Studies in Homeland Security option in Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense!

Katy Baldwin, Graduating Senior majoring in English with minors in Agronomy and Technical Writing
April 30, 2012

Katy Baldwin, an undergraduate researcher working in Dr. Tim McNellis’s program won "best overall" at the Undergraduate Exhibition poster session this week on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Her poster was titled "Exploring the genetics of fire blight from Erwinia amylovora." Katy was first author, with Caroline Black, Laura Ramos, Judy Sinn, and Tim McNellis as co-authors. Katy prepared the poster on her own and you can view it hanging in Old Main until the end of the semester.

Dr. Scott Isard, Professor of Aerobiology
April 26, 2012

Scott was awarded the International IPM Award of Excellence at the 7th International IPM Symposium held March 27-29 in Memphis, TN.

Brian Aynardi, PhD Graduate Student in Plant Pathology
April 23, 2012

Brian is a student in the Plant Pathology Ph.D. Graduate program working on turf grass disease management with Dr. Wakar Uddin. Brian was recently elected in a university-wide election as the Faculty Senate representative for the Penn State Graduate Student Association for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Dr. David Geiser, Professor of Plant Pathology and Director of the Fusarium Research Center
April 18, 2012

David Geiser was elected a Fellow of the Mycological Society of America (MSA) for 2012. MSA Fellows are recognized as outstanding mid-career mycologists on the basis of their record of mycological research, teaching, and service. Fellows will be honored at a ceremony at the MSA meeting in New Haven, Connecticut in July.

Dr. Seogchan Kang, Professor of Plant Pathology
April 13, 2012

Seogchan Kang has been selected as a 2012 Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) Faculty Fellow based on the proposal titled “iFungi: A Comprehensive Cyberinfrastructure Supporting Data Management and Utilization and Knowledge Sharing on Fungi” and will receive $25,000.

Credit: Penn State --- Elms along Pugh Street Mall on Penn State's University Park campus. -- June 23, 2011
April 13, 2012

From the delicate cherry blossoms of Washington, D.C. to the towering redwoods of northern California, many towns and institutions across the nation are known and loved for their iconic trees. Count the majestic elms of Penn State's University Park campus among these beloved arboreal symbols—but if you literally count them, you'll notice there are fewer today than ever.

Anna Testen - 3rd place award, Life Sciences division
March 27, 2012

Seven Plant Pathology graduate students participated in the 2012 Penn State University Graduate Research Exhibition held on March 25 at the Hetzel Union Building (HUB).

L-R: Sarah Bardsley, Anna Testen, and Emily Helliwell
March 19, 2012

Six graduate students from the Department of Plant Pathology participated in the 2012 College of Agricultural Sciences Research Exposition, sponsored by the Gamma Sigma Delta Ag. Science Honor Society, on March 14-15.

February 20, 2012

The first issue of SPOREPRINTS, a monthly newsletter for the Plant Pathology department, for 2012, is published.

February 18, 2012

Assistantship opportunities for those interested in graduate studies in Plant Pathology.

L-R: Sara Bardsley, Gretchen Kuldau, and Kim Paley
February 17, 2012

Thursday through Friday, February 16-17, was the Department of Plant Pathology’s annual international cookie bake-off contest.

February 13, 2012

Dr. Gary Moorman posted the following new fact sheets:

Diane Yoder and Dr. Fred Gildow
January 20, 2012

The Department of Plant Pathology welcomes Ms. Diane Yoder in her new position as the Department’s Administrative Support Coordinator (Administrative Assistant).

Dr. Yui Jin explains the ratings scale developed for quantifying host resistance to wheat rust.  Differences in symptom expression and pustule size are associated with a definitive disease scale.
January 1, 2012

With the assistance of the plant pathology departmental travel award Steve had the opportunity to travel to the USDA Cereal Disease Laboratory in March of 2011 and observe techniques used by the world's preeminent rust researchers. The scientists at the CDL were kind enough to explain the details of their work as well as provide helpful suggestions pertaining to my research questions. Although Steve does not work with cereal diseases, his research on Canada thistle biological control with the rust fungus Puccinia punctiformis considers many of the same issues that the CDL focuses on with rust diseases on grain. Topics that have become the center of Steve’s biological control research such as host resistance, virulence genes, dispersal characteristics and epidemiology have all been intensively studied for rust diseases of cereal crops.

Collecting beetle traps from an experimental tea planting
January 1, 2012

In the summer of 2011 Steve had a rare opportunity to present his research at two conferences in the Hawaiian islands. Because of his interest in tropical agriculture and plant pathology he arranged to spend the month between the two conferences as a visiting scholar at the USDA-ARS Pacific Basin Agriculture Research Center in Hilo. He gained insights into a variety of interesting research projects being conducted by the USDA, Forest Service, and University of Hawai'i.