There are numerous labs located in Buckhout as well as the on-site facilities listed below. Some of our research is also conducted at research centers and institutes located on campus and throughout the state.

Buckhout Laboratory is the location of Penn State's Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology.

Dr. Albert C. Hildebrandt, 1916-2001. Image: Univ. of Wisconsin

The Albert C. Hildebrandt Plant Pathology Library was established in 2003 through a gift to the Department of Plant Pathology from the estate of alumnus Albert C. Hildebrandt.

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology's Mushroom Research Center provides unique facilities for conducting mushroom research.

The Mushroom Spawn Laboratory contains a culture collection of the cultivated mushroom, Agaricus bisporus.

The Plant Disease Clinic is a service and education function of the Department of Plant Pathology, and provides clinical diagnoses of plant diseases for approximately 2,000 samples submitted annually by Pennsylvania agricultural producers, urban gardeners, and homeowners.

The goal of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology is to select and breed crops that can stand up to bacterial, fungal, and viral diseases, and research conducted at the department’s farm leads to the development of crops with increased resistance to serious pathogens.

Our mission is to provide assistance to the turfgrass industry in Pennsylvania in maintaining high quality turf through integrated turfgrass health management practices.