Postdoctoral scholar joins Crandall Lab

May 13, 2021

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology welcomes new postdoctoral scholar, Eric Larson, who joined the Crandall Lab last month.

Discover More: The Good Viruses

May 13, 2021

Professor and virologist Marilyn J. Roossinck discusses viruses in a recent interview with The Linnean Society of London.

Junior grows seeds of opportunity as student in College of Ag Sciences

May 13, 2021

Kyle Hartmann, a plant sciences major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, found new opportunities at Penn State which started after he joined the Accomplish Program. The peer mentor program helps students moving from other campuses or universities to find resources to successfully acclimate to University Park, the college and the community.

Plant Pathology Association elects new officers

May 11, 2021

The Plant Pathology Association (PPA) elected new officers for the 2021 – 2022 academic year during its May 10 meeting.

Miller Foster promoted to associate teaching professor

May 11, 2021

Melanie Miller Foster has been promoted to the rank of associate teaching professor, effective July 1, 2021.

Podcast discusses new HLB research

May 11, 2021

Podcast, My Ag Life in Citrus, talks with the head of new HLB research project and Professor at Penn State, Yinong Yang.

CRISPR/Cas technology could enable early diagnosis of devastating citrus disease

May 10, 2021

Penn State and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists have used cutting-edge CRISPR/Cas technology to develop a diagnostic test that could enable early diagnosis of citrus greening, or Huanglongbing, a serious disease that threatens worldwide citrus production, which is valued at roughly $17 billion from the sale of fresh fruit and juices.

Esker promoted to associate professor

May 7, 2021

Paul Esker has been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2021.

Jiménez Gasco promoted to full professor

May 7, 2021

María del Mar Jiménez Gasco has been promoted to the rank of full professor, effective July 1, 2021.

Islam passes Ph.D. comprehensive exam

April 28, 2021

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Md Tariqul Islam for passing his comprehensive examination.

Innovative platform developed at Penn State monitors pests, predicts problems

April 27, 2021

Scott Isard, an aerobiologist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, and his team created an internet-based monitoring and modeling system, the Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education Cooperative Agricultural Project, that can help growers monitor and anticipate pest problems and take appropriate action before crops are damaged.

Martin successfully defends thesis

April 27, 2021

Phillip Martin successfully defended his thesis on April 23, 2021.

Postdoctoral scholar joins Esker Lab

April 22, 2021

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology welcomes new postdoctoral scholar, Mladen Cucak, who joined the Esker Lab earlier this month.

Gamma Sigma Delta lauds outstanding College of Ag Sciences faculty, students

April 20, 2021

The Penn State chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the agricultural honor society, recognized Penn State faculty and students during its annual meeting, which was held virtually March 30. Recipients included Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology faculty, Kari Peter and Timothy McNellis, as well as undergraduate student Nicole Dutzman.

Ag Science Magazine Feature: Remote Connection

April 19, 2021

Going fully remote didn't prevent instructors of the popular Fungal Jungle: A Mycological Safari from Truffles to Slime Molds (PPEM 120) course from providing a unique learning experience to students. Gretchen Kuldau and María del Mar Jiménez Gasco provided homebuilt kits for mushroom growing and sent their students into their backyards and parks for hands-on investigation.

Fruit farmers keep wary eye on weather

April 19, 2021

Penn State graduate, Sara Hricko, discusses how the weather affects their 90-acre farm that specializes in apples and peaches.

Richards Passes Qualifying Exam

April 7, 2021

Congratulations to Sarah for passing her qualifying exam on April 6.

2021 Graduate Exhibition Award Winners Announced

April 5, 2021

Justin Shih, a doctoral student in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been selected as one of the award winners of the 2021 Graduate Exhibition.

2021 Department awards and scholarships recipients announced

April 2, 2021

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology announced its 2021 awards and scholarships recipients during their virtual awards ceremony on March 31.

Department welcomes new support staff

February 23, 2021

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology welcomed a new support staff member, Abigail Deaven, earlier this year. Deaven's position supports department research of bacteriocins and bacteriophage in biological control of pathogens causing blotch on mushrooms.

Rebuilding soil microbiomes in high-tunnel agricultural systems focus of study

February 8, 2021

The presence of high salt and nitrogen concentrations in high- tunnel soils may make it more challenging to rebuild a healthy soil microbiome following a soil- clearing event, according to microbial ecologists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Alumnus named rising star on list of 1,000 inspiring Black scientists in America

February 5, 2021

Penn State alumnus Rondy Malik has been named a “Rising Star” on a list of “1,000 inspiring Black scientists in America." Malik was advised by Terrence Bell and graduated from the ecology program in 2019.

Graduate student awarded College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Competitive Grant

February 4, 2021

Caylon Yates, a graduate student in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and in the Ecology Intercollege Graduate Degree Program within the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2020-21 College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Competitive Grant Program.

Department welcomes research technologist

January 28, 2021

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology welcomes new research technologist, Shaheen Bibi, who joined Bull Lab earlier this month. Bibi will serve as the lab manager for the team.

Doctoral student awarded University Graduate Fellowship

January 26, 2021

Ram Neupane, a doctoral student in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2020-21 University Graduate Fellowships.

Paukett Passes Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam

January 25, 2021

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Michelle Paukett for passing her comprehensive examination.

Postdoctoral scholar joins Bull Lab

January 21, 2021

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology welcomes new postdoctoral scholar, Raymond García-Rodríguez, who joined the Bull Lab earlier this month.

Feral colonies provide clues for enhancing honey bee tolerance to pathogens

January 19, 2021

Understanding the genetic and environmental factors that enable some feral honey bee colonies to tolerate pathogens and survive the winter in the absence of beekeeping management may help lead to breeding stocks that would enhance survival of managed colonies, according to a study led by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Doctoral student awarded Distinguished Graduate Fellowship

January 14, 2021

Rachel Herschlag, a doctoral student in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2020-21 Distinguished Graduate Fellowships.

Postdoctoral scholar joins Esker Lab

January 7, 2021

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology welcomes new postdoctoral scholar, Felipe Dalla Lana, who joined the Esker Lab in November.