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October 18, 2019

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

Justin Shih
October 18, 2019

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

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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.

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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.

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October 9, 2019

Just in time for major scientific meetings at the end of the year—namely the SFN (Society for Neuroscience) meeting, which is a highlight for neuroscientists, and the ASHG (American Society for Human Genetics) meeting, which is a key meeting for geneticists—this month's editor picks highlight articles that address century-old questions while providing new answers.

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October 7, 2019

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will welcome a new faculty member on February 1, 2020.

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October 7, 2019

After working at Penn State for 36 years and then retiring as undersecretary for science at the Smithsonian Institution, Eva Pell is writing children’s books. Pell was the senior vice president for research at Penn State and dean of the Graduate School, and a professor of plant pathology. Now, she is taking her background in science and bringing it to the first in a series of books focused on 11- and 12-year-old cousins who, along with their grandmother, use their intellect and passion to rescue animals.

This photo illustrates bacterial leaf spot symptoms on watermelon caused by Pseudomonas syringae. A USDA grant awarded to Penn State will support researchers as they explore bacterial pathogens causing leaf spot diseases.  IMAGE: ERIC NEWBERRY
October 3, 2019

A nearly $4 million grant awarded to Penn State will support an interdisciplinary, multi-university team of researchers as they explore bacterial pathogens causing leaf spot diseases that are damaging valuable agricultural crops such as watermelon and pumpkin.

Juan Francisco Iturralde Martinez
September 23, 2019

Juan Francisco Iturralde Martinez successfully defended his thesis on September 20, 2019.

Carolee Bull
September 18, 2019

Interdisciplinary work truly defines Carolee Bull, director of Penn State's Microbiome Center and professor and department head of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology. Her research centers around translational taxonomy which is the use of bacterial systematics, combined with epidemiology, and population biology of bacterial plant and mushroom pathogens and biological control agents to manage plant and mushroom diseases. Bull’s work spans some of the most pressing issues of food security, such as global seed health.

Michelle Paukett
September 12, 2019

Congratulations to Michelle for passing her qualifying exam on September 12.

Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu
August 27, 2019

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program selected Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu as a recipient for the 2019 Graduate Student Research Grant Award.

Melissa Mercado
August 26, 2019

At Penn State, step out of the classroom and into the greatest laboratory in the world—the Pennsylvania wilds, a hive of agricultural activity in every direction.

Terry Torres-Cruz
August 19, 2019

Congratulations to Terry for passing her qualifying exam on August 19.

Beth Gugino, professor of vegetable pathology in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received this year’s Excellence in Extension Award presented by the American Phytopathologi
August 15, 2019

Beth Gugino, professor of vegetable pathology in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received this year’s Excellence in Extension Award presented by the American Phytopathological Society. This year’s meeting, Plant Health 2019, was held in Cleveland, Ohio, from Aug. 3 to 7.

Mark Boudreau
July 29, 2019

Mark Boudreau, professor of biology at Penn State Brandywine, has been promoted to associate teaching professor, effective July 1, 2019. Boudreau also serves as a courtesy faculty member for the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Jeremy Held
July 25, 2019

Congratulations to Jeremy Held for passing his qualifying exam on July 25.

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July 22, 2019

A team of researchers at Penn State, in collaboration with other universities and industry across the U.S. and Canada, published a white paper from the Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes Symposium held at University Park, PA, in June 2018. As of July 22, 2019, the paper is the most read paper in the APS journal Phytobiomes.

Visitors to the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building at Ag Progress Days can learn how to help stop the spread of the invasive spotted lanternfly, which threatens the state's agriculture and ecosystems. IMAGE: CHUCK GILL
July 19, 2019

Spotted lanternflies, invasive plant diseases, robots in agriculture and education, and foreign animal diseases will be among the topics highlighted in displays and presentations at the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building and Theatre during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15.