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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

Matthew Wheatley
June 10, 2020

Matthew Wheatley successfully defended his thesis on June 9, 2020.

Amanda Grube, a student in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has found new ways to enrich her local community during the pandemic. IMAGE: PHOTO PROVIDED
June 9, 2020

For Amanda Grube, quarantining at her family’s farm in Manheim, Pennsylvania, gave her a lot of time to think about past summers and how this year’s coronavirus would impact her community. To ease the strain a little for her friends and neighbors, Grube has started an informal community garden and a free library, all while completing a virtual internship and staying in touch with her sorority sisters.

Chauncy Hinshaw
June 8, 2020

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Chauncy Hinshaw for passing his comprehensive examination.

Marilyn J. Roossinck
June 8, 2020

Professor and virologist Marilyn J. Roossinck describes her work and interesting elements of virus behavior. Roossinck tells listeners why plant viruses became the focus of her research, what she’s learned about the host impact on virus diversity and how her work on persistent plant viruses has changed how she conceives of the larger virus community.

June 1, 2020

Two graduate students advised by faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have received prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, and three other students received honorable mentions.

May 28, 2020

Terrence Bell, assistant professor of phytobiomes in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received a $480,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study generalist microorganisms in agricultural systems.

Bacterial leaf spot of lettuce causes dark lesions to form on leaves, thereby reducing product quality. IMAGE: CAROLEE BULL
May 28, 2020

Plant pathologists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are lending their expertise to a multi-institutional research project designed to stop a destructive bacterial disease in lettuce.

Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch. IMAGE: PENN STATE
May 18, 2020

Three individuals have received the Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, an honor that recognizes distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, extension or creative work that advances diversity in the college.

May 15, 2020

Meet some of PPEM's 2020 Ph.D., M.S., Intercollege, and World Campus graduates, as well as undergraduates who minored in Plant Pathology and/or Mushroom Science and Technology or who worked in PPEM labs.

May 13, 2020

The term "microbiome" has become widely used in recent years as people devotedly devour kimchi, kefir, and kombucha in an attempt to improve their digestion, depression, and blood pressure. Indeed, we now know that the trillions of microbes--viruses, bacteria, and fungi--that live on our skin and in our guts, lungs, and reproductive organs, among other places, play critical roles in our well-being.

Cristina Rosa
May 8, 2020

Cristina Rosa has been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2020.

After graduation, Clara Miller will work in disability support services while applying to graduate school. IMAGE: CHUCK FONG
May 8, 2020

As part of Penn State’s 2020 spring commencement activities, Clara Miller will represent the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in the College of the Liberal Arts as its student marshal.

May 5, 2020

Virus expert Marilyn J. Roossinck discusses the mysterious disappearance of the first SARS virus, and why we need a vaccine for the current one but didn’t for the other.

Hassani Hussein Karemera
May 4, 2020

Karemera successfully defended his thesis on April 30, 2020.

Emma Rosenthal
April 28, 2020

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Emma Rosenthal for passing her comprehensive examination.

April 27, 2020

As the co-owner of Big Spring Spirits, a craft distillery in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Penn State alumnus Kevin Lloyd’s product lineup typically includes such beverages as rum, whiskey and gin. However, in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the distillery has added a new bottle to the shelf: hand sanitizer.

April 24, 2020

Three graduate students in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences were among those who received grants and honorable mentions this year from the National Science Foundation.

April 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a shortage of personal protective equipment, including “N95” face respirators, needed by frontline healthcare providers. A new protocol using aerosolized hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate N95 respirators could allow them to be safely reused in some hospital settings, where the disinfectant is already being used for other decontamination purposes. The protocol, optimized by a team of Penn State researchers, inactivates viruses with no indication that the respirator is deformed or damaged over ten decontamination cycles, as reflected by rigorous respirator fit-testing.

A team of researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences examined the long-term impact of soybean diseases on production in the U.S.  IMAGE: LYNN BETTS/USDA
April 16, 2020

Economic losses due to soybean diseases in the United States from 1996 to 2016 amounted to more than $95 billion, according to a team of researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences who examined the long-term impact of soybean diseases on production in the U.S.