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William King
March 27, 2020

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology welcomes new postdoctoral scholar, William King, who joined the Bell lab earlier this month.

March 25, 2020

The ever-evolving, novel coronavirus situation has prompted additional changes to Penn State Extension programming and operations across Pennsylvania, as well as other public services offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

IMAGE: ALYSSA COLLINS
March 18, 2020

Pesticide-coated seeds — such as neonicotinoids, many of which are highly toxic to both pest and beneficial insects — are increasingly used in the major field crops, but are underreported, in part, because farmers often do not know what pesticides are on their seeds, according to an international team of researchers. The lack of data may complicate efforts to evaluate the value of different pest management strategies, while also protecting human health and the environment.

Leon Kneebone in a recent photo at his home in the Village at Penn State.
March 17, 2020

Our students, faculty and staff extend our sympathy to the family of Leon Kneebone, who made exceptional contributions to Penn State and the mushroom industry. To learn more about Mr. Kneebone, we share this insightful story written by Bill Horlacher, which appeared in StateCollege.com in May 2019.

March 6, 2020

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has recognized nine faculty members for outstanding teaching in 2019.

From left, graduate students Laura Kaminsky, Chauncy Hinshaw, Amanda Mainello, Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, Terry Torres-Cruz, Phillip Martin and Michelle Paukett pose for a photo during the department’s annual winter celebration. IMAGE: NANCY WENNER
March 3, 2020

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology announced its 2020 awards and scholarships recipients during their annual winter celebration on February 17 at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in State College.

Liina Eek
February 25, 2020

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology is pleased to announce the addition of Liina Eek to its staff as she assumes the position of research technologist in Hockett Lab.

Mary Smith
February 24, 2020

Congratulations to Mary for passing her qualifying exam on February 24.

Marilyn J. Roossinck
February 20, 2020

You may sometimes have felt like you “have come down with a virus,” meaning that you became sick from being exposed to something that could have been a virus. In fact, you have a virus – actually, many – all the time. Some viruses cause the common cold, and some are crucial to human survival. New viruses can also emerge, and they typically create illness in humans when they have very recently jumped from another species to humans. As world health leaders try to determine how to respond to the new coronavirus, virus expert Marilyn J. Roossinck answers a few questions.

The Lion’s Pantry was created by students for students to help address the issue of food insecurity at Penn State's University Park campus. The pantry's mission aims to help students focus on their education, not where their next meal will come from. IMAG
February 11, 2020

Food and housing insecurity is a growing issue for students at colleges and universities across the United States. Recent reports from both The Hope Center and the U.S. General Accounting Office have found these issues on college campuses nationwide. To help address this problem at Penn State, University President Eric Barron has formed a University Task Force on Food and Housing Security.

Jeremy Sutherland
January 27, 2020

Congratulations to Jeremy for passing his qualifying exam on January 27.

Janice McMahon
January 24, 2020

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology is pleased to announce the addition of Janice McMahon to its staff as she assumes the position of building coordinator.

Max Aleman
January 21, 2020

Congratulations to Max for passing his qualifying exam on January 21.

Crabapple blossoms at the Penn State University Park campus. IMAGE: SARA KLEE
January 15, 2020

A publication from the lab of Timothy McNellis, associate professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, was recently featured on “This Week in Microbiology,” a podcast produced by the American Society for Microbiology.

Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón
December 19, 2019

Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón successfully defended her thesis on December 18, 2019.

IMAGE: CAROLEE BULL
December 18, 2019

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences held its inaugural Eva J. Pell Interdisciplinary Lecture on Plant Health on Dec. 9. The topic for this year’s lecture — “Where do Abiotic and Biotic Stress Overlap?” — focused on research that could mitigate the impacts of climate change on abiotic and biotic stress in plants.

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December 12, 2019

Plant Pathology Graduate Research Assistantships beginning August 2020 are now available for highly-qualified applicants.

Amanda Mainello
December 12, 2019

Amanda Mainello successfully defended her thesis on December 11, 2019.

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December 5, 2019

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at Penn State will host an inaugural lecture on research that could help mitigate the impacts of climate change on abiotic and biotic stress in plants.

Kaixi Zhao
December 2, 2019

Kaixi Zhao successfully defended her thesis on November 26, 2019.