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December 5, 2019

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

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.

November 25, 2019

In the 6th episode of the Reach podcast, we discuss diseases in wildlife. We joined Dr. Kurt Vandegrift in the field to learn how research is conducted using ticks and mice, and how he is trying to prevent the next big epidemic. Next, we speak with Dr. Marilyn Roossinck about white-nose syndrome and it is endangering little brown bats.

World War II veteran and Penn State alumnus Leon Kneebone, now age 99, talked about his military service during the war and his time at Penn State, first as a student and later as a professor. IMAGE: KALEB COOK, PENN STATE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC COMM
November 25, 2019

On Dec. 4, 1944, in the jungles of the Philippines during World War II, Penn State alumnus Leon Kneebone, now age 99, found himself leading a platoon of 50 to 60 men on a scouting mission to help locate the Japanese position. With two of these soldiers working as scouts, picking their way through the terrain on the island of Leyte, the group moved very slowly up a hill, surveying their surroundings for any possible signs of the enemy.

An insect infected with Metarhizium robertsii fungus. A USDA organic agriculture grant recently awarded to Penn State will support research on enlisting M. robertsii to assist in plant growth and pest management. IMAGE: COURTESY OF MARY BARBERCHECK
November 18, 2019

Three organic-agriculture projects led by faculty members in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have received grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Emma Rosenthal and Ilse Huerta Arredondo pose for a portrait together in Webster’s Cafe on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 IMAGE: AABHA VORA
November 15, 2019

Emma Rosenthal and Ilsa Huerta, both graduate students in the College of Agricultural Sciences, began working together in 2017 because of a shared realization.

Johanny Castro
November 12, 2019

Congratulations to Johanny for passing his qualifying exam on November 8.

Phillip Martin
November 11, 2019

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Phillip L Martin for passing his comprehensive examination.

Vicki Hsieh-Feng
November 8, 2019

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Vicki Hsieh-Feng for passing her comprehensive examination.

October 30, 2019

From the polypores forming on the trees to the white caps emerging from the ground, mushrooms and other fungi abound around Penn State.

Hunter Swisher leveraged his plant science studies and Penn State resources for entrepreneurs into a fast-growing startup company that has secured up to $1.5 million in investment funding.
October 28, 2019

Hunter Swisher, 2016 plant sciences graduate and entrepreneur, recently secured up to $1.5 million in new investment funding for Phospholutions, his startup fertilizer solution company.

October 24, 2019

As a de la Torre Scholar in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Terry Torres-Cruz aspires to foster relationships between the college and Latin America by sharing her connections and experiences.

Elisa Lauritzen
October 23, 2019

Congratulations to Elisa Lauritzen for passing her oral qualifying exam on October 22.

October 23, 2019

Microbial inoculants - soil probiotics - is not a new concept, but the challenge remains how to take products from labs to effectively work in the ag fields.

Soil bacteria isolated from the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Penn State, Rock Springs, PA. Photo credit: Caylon Yates, Penn State Microbiome Manipulation Lab
October 21, 2019

Researchers from the Penn State Microbiome Manipulation Lab are interested in the effects of plant-associated microbiomes on crop productivity.

Justin Shih
October 18, 2019

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Justin Shih for passing his comprehensive examination.

October 17, 2019

Two graduate students from South Africa recently had the opportunity to expand their research, develop a mentorship network and increase multicultural fluency as a result of a strategic partnership between the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria.

Laura Kaminsky
October 11, 2019

Congratulations to Laura for passing her qualifying exam on October 11.

October 10, 2019

A new strategic planning group at Penn State seeks to enhance engagement and continue to provide support to Pennsylvania’s Latinx agricultural community.