Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology News

A doctoral student in plant pathology, Terry Torres-Cruz has an interest in fungi and works with David Geiser, professor of mycology, in Penn State's Fusarium Research Center. IMAGE: PENN STATE
Plant pathology students embrace science and diversity at national conference
February 7, 2019
Students and faculty members from the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently attended the National Diversity in STEM Conference.
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'A fungus among us': Penn State Mushroom Spawn Lab aids industry
January 30, 2019
When Tomas Lowenstein of Agricola La Reina, a mushroom farm in Miranda, Venezuela, needs spawn, or "seed," to grow his crops, his chosen point of contact isn't around the corner or even in the country. It's more than 2,200 miles away in a laboratory on Penn State's University Park campus.
Characteristic angular spots caused by downy mildew on cucumber, as the disease progresses the leaves shrivel and curl upward. IMAGE: BETH GUGINO
Gugino and Isard receive funding to monitor and forecast cucurbit downy mildew
January 23, 2019
Cucurbit vegetables grown in the U.S., namely watermelon, cucumber, squash, pumpkin and muskmelon, are worth $1.35 billion. Faculty at Penn State in collaboration with 16 other universities will utilize funding awarded by the 2018 USDA Specialty Crop Multi-State Program to monitor and forecast cucurbit downy mildew (CDM) over the next three years.
Sara May
May Passes Doctoral Comprehensive Exam
January 18, 2019
Congratulations to doctoral candidate Sara May for passing her comprehensive examination.