The Soil Blooms Green

November 12, 2020

In this podcast, Terry Bell, assistant professor of phytobiomes, and Mary Ann Bruns, associate professor of soil microbiology and biogeochemistry, discuss their work on soil surface consortia with Genome Insider host Alison Takemura. They discuss why these consortia might be of interest to farmers, as well as how their interactions with other microorganisms in the environment could influence their activity.

Ehau-Taumaunu Passes Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam

November 11, 2020

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu for passing her comprehensive examination.

A Disturbing Twinkie That Has, So Far, Defied Science

October 28, 2020

Penn State plant pathology alumnus Matt Kasson attempts to culture fungi from eight-year-old Twinkie.

'Fungal Jungle' course continues to be hands-on learning despite virtual format

October 21, 2020

Students in “PPEM 120: The Fungal Jungle” are meeting virtually for class, but that hasn’t stopped their professors from ensuring that popular hands-on activities — such as growing oyster mushrooms or enjoying a fungal feast — didn’t fall by the wayside.

Two plant pathology graduate students awarded NIFA pre-doctoral fellowships

October 20, 2020

Two graduate students in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology received pre-doctoral fellowships from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Graduate students receive grants from Northeast SARE

October 16, 2020

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program selected proposals of four plant pathology graduate students for the 2020 Graduate Student Grant Awards. SARE offers competitive grants to projects that explore and address key issues affecting the sustainability and future economic viability of agriculture.

Graduate student in bioinformatics & genomics receives FFAR Fellow Award

October 15, 2020

Jeremy Sutherland, a graduate student in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, was one of 23 recipients to receive the 2020 Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) Fellow Award.

Penn State Extension’s Tree Fruit Production Guide wins national award

October 14, 2020

A publication created by Penn State Extension has been lauded for excellence by the American Society for Horticultural Science, a national organization dedicated to advancing all facets of horticultural research, education and application.

Felix Lukezic, professor emeritus of plant pathology, dies at 87

October 13, 2020

Felix L. "Luke" Lukezic, professor emeritus in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, died in late September at the age of 87.

Plant pathologist at Penn State to aid NASA study on pathogen dispersal

October 8, 2020

A plant pathologist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is supporting a multi-institutional research project designed to help track the spread of a plant pathogen.

Behind the Leaf: Plant Virus Expert Marilyn J. Roossinck Adds to Picture of Viral Nature

September 25, 2020

Professor and virologist Marilyn J. Roossinck joins Finding Genius Podcast to discuss the roles viruses have played in evolution to shape us and how evolution and adaptation have shaped viruses; fascinating examples, such as how insects work in the transmission of plant viruses; and surprising functions, such as how the cucumber mosaic virus results from three separate viral particles that infect together to form the genome capable of infection.

Maíra Duffeck successfully defends thesis

September 23, 2020

Maíra Duffeck successfully defended her thesis on September 23, 2020.

18 new NSF graduate researchers join the ranks at Penn State

August 31, 2020

Eighteen students were named National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2020-21 academic year. These 18 students join 65 prior recipients continuing in the University’s graduate degree programs through the Graduate School in the Eberly College of Science, College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Development, and the College of the Liberal Arts, as well as, the Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs.

Bull elected fellow of American Phytopathological Society

August 24, 2020

Carolee Bull, professor of systematic bacteriology and plant pathology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected as a fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, an honor given to members in recognition of distinguished contributions to the discipline of plant pathology.

Research helps explain source of pathogen that causes bitter rot disease

August 13, 2020

A new way of looking at the fungal pathogen, Colletotrichum fioriniae, as a leaf endophyte — bacterial or fungal microorganisms that colonize healthy plant tissue — was the outcome of a two-year study conducted by researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State Microbiome Center and GALT enter collaboration to advance research

August 4, 2020

The Penn State Microbiome Center and General Automation Lab Technologies announced their collaboration to advance plant pathology, environmental microbiology and human gut microbiome studies.

VIRUSES: Why do we need them?

July 31, 2020

Professor and virologist Marilyn J. Roossinck discusses good viruses on TRT World's Roundtable.

Plant pathologist receives grant to develop disease management tools for wheat

July 21, 2020

Paul Esker, a plant pathologist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has received a $455,000 grant from the U.S Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support a five-year integrated research and extension project designed to improve management recommendations for wheat.

Department grieves loss of Charles Peter 'Pete' Romaine

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 StateCollege.com.

Wheatley successfully defends thesis

June 10, 2020

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

Plant sciences student finds new ways to cultivate goodwill in her community

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.

Hinshaw Passes Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam

June 8, 2020

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

Virus Diversity Dependent on Host: Marilyn Roossinck Discusses Her Research

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.

Graduate students advised by College of Ag Sciences faculty receive NSF awards

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.

Grant to support study on generalist microorganisms in agricultural systems

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.

Plant pathologists at Penn State to aid investigation into lettuce disease

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.

Spring 2020 Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology Graduates

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.

Three honored for commitment to diversity in College of Agricultural Sciences

May 15, 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.

The Mighty Microbiome

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.

Rosa Promoted to Associate Professor

May 8, 2020

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