Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology News

Examining 1,000-year-old corn cobs from an ancient ruin in Arizona, researchers found a previously unknown virus — the oldest plant virus ever reported. IMAGE: COURTESY OF ROOSSINCK LABORATORY / PENN STATE
Research team discovers oldest known plant virus at ancient settlement
December 13, 2018
Researchers studying ancient corncobs found at a Native American archeological site have recovered a 1,000-year-old virus, the oldest plant virus ever reported.
Postdoctoral scholars and committee members from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Penn State Postdoc Society pause for a photo during the Eleventh Annual Postdoc Research Exhibition on September 28, 2018.  IMAGE: TRACEY ACCORDINO, PENN STATE
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Penn State Postdoc Society award Molla for contribution to research and discovery
December 7, 2018
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Penn State Postdoc Society presented the 11th annual Postdoc Research Exhibition on September 28 in Alumni Hall and the HUB-Robeson Center.
Dr. Xinshun Qu, left, poses with guest speaker Dr. Christopher Clarke. Dr. Clarke’s presentation concluded the PPEM Fall 2018 Seminar Series. IMAGE: NANCY WENNER, PENN STATE
Fall 2018 Seminar Series: Dr. Christopher Clarke
December 5, 2018
Dr. Christopher Clarke, research plant pathologist at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), concluded the Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology Fall 2018 Seminar Series on Monday.
Lycorma delicatula, commonly known as the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), invading a grapevine. IMAGE: ERICA SMYERS, PENN STATE
Faculty receive SNIP Level I Launch grant to develop Spotted Lanternfly monitoring system
December 4, 2018
Research and awareness around the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) continues to increase as proposals are selected for funding to help fight this invasive species. These sap-feeding insects are a major threat to U.S. agriculture, timber industry, and many managed and natural ecosystems, feeding on over 70 species of plants.