Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology News

Research conducted by scientists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences focused on finding the source of bitter rot disease in fruit. Here, apples infected with Colletotrichum fioriniae show disease symptoms of sunken lesions and orange spore ma
Research helps explain source of pathogen that causes bitter rot disease
August 13, 2020
Fungal spores responsible for bitter rot disease, a common and devastating infection in fruit, do not encounter their host plants by chance. Turns out, they have a symbiotic association with the plant, often living inside its leaves.
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VIRUSES: Why do we need them?
July 31, 2020
Professor and virologist Marilyn J. Roossinck discusses good viruses on TRT World's Roundtable.
A grant from the U.S Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to Penn State will support research designed to improve management recommendations for wheat. IMAGE: PEXELS
Plant pathologist receives grant to develop disease management tools for wheat
July 22, 2020
Paul Esker, a plant pathologist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has received a $455,000 grant from the U.S Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support a five-year integrated research and extension project designed to improve management recommendations for wheat.
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Department grieves loss of Charles Peter 'Pete' Romaine
June 29, 2020
Our students, faculty and staff extend our sympathy to the family of Charles Peter 'Pete' Romaine, who died on June 26 at the age of 70. While Romaine retired from Penn State in 2012, his research continues to positively impact the mushroom industry in the U.S. To learn more, we share Romaine’s obituary, which appeared on StateCollege.com.