Five Penn State faculty elected to 2022 cohort of AAAS Fellows

January 31, 2023

Five Penn State faculty members have been elected to the 2022 cohort of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.

Penn State assists Cameroonian refugees with specialty mushroom ventures

January 17, 2023

Specialty mushrooms such as oyster are relatively easy to grow on a small scale, making them attractive to those looking to diversify a farm, engage in a hobby or launch a small business. Research-based information from Penn State Extension about producing specialty mushrooms also may benefit people from a war-torn region of Africa.

Center for Socially Responsible AI awards seed funding to 6 projects

January 11, 2023

The Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence recently announced the results of its third seed funding competition. The center awarded $145,000 to advance six interdisciplinary research projects that feature researchers from eight colleges and institutes.

Indigo Ag creates fellowship to further efforts of Penn State Microbiome Center

December 19, 2022

In support of the Penn State Microbiome Center, Indigo Agriculture created the Indigo Agriculture Graduate Fellowship in the College of Agricultural Sciences through a $200,000 gift, matched 1:1 by the University through the now-concluded Graduate Scholarship Matching Program.

Corn-colonizing fungus may help the crop repel disease, grow larger

December 14, 2022

A fungus that can colonize, or grow within, corn plants doesn’t just leave the plant unharmed — it also can help the plant stave off harmful bugs and other fungi, according to a new study by Penn State researchers.

Kothattil passes qualifying exam

December 14, 2022

Congratulations to Swathi Kothattil on passing the PPATH PhD Qualifying Exam.

Shittu passes qualifying exam

December 14, 2022

Congratulations to Olanrewaju Shittu on passing the PPATH PhD Qualifying Exam.

Neupane passes qualifying exam

December 14, 2022

Congratulations to Ram Neupane on passing the PPATH PhD Qualifying Exam.

Newbold passes qualifying exam

December 14, 2022

Congratulations to Theo (Chelsea) Newbold on passing the PPATH PhD Qualifying Exam.

Miller passes qualifying exam

December 14, 2022

Congratulations to Avalon Miller on passing the PPATH PhD Qualifying Exam.

Buckner passes qualifying exam

December 14, 2022

Congratulations to Evan Buckner on passing the PPATH PhD Qualifying Exam.

New grant looks to biomaterials to help reduce construction waste

December 13, 2022

A new grant from the American Institute of Architects will allow a Penn State-led research team to study whether fungal biomaterials can replace synthetic acoustic insulation, potentially reducing construction waste.

Global mentoring program builds skills, international connections for students

December 1, 2022

Graduate students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences were offered mentorship through the college’s participation in the Global Challenges University Alliance 2030. The alliance, called GCUA, is a network of more than 15 universities worldwide with a shared vision of contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through international collaboration and research.

IST faculty, students develop digital solutions to help mushroom farmers

December 1, 2022

A team of researchers at Penn State is aiming to speed up and streamline the collection of important environmental data that impacts the mushroom farming industry through a new digital solution.

Kaminsky successfully defends thesis

November 30, 2022

Laura Kaminsky successfully defended their thesis on November 30, 2022

Northeast SARE Selects Aleman for 2022 Grant

November 15, 2022

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (Northeast SARE) awards Max Aleman a 2022 Graduate Student Grant.

Faculty in College of Ag Sciences recognized for research achievements

November 8, 2022

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences lauded outstanding accomplishments in research during the college’s inaugural Research Awards Ceremony, held Oct. 25 at the Hintz Family Alumni Center on the University Park campus.

Latinx Agricultural Network earns national award for uplifting Latino community

November 7, 2022

The Latinx Agricultural Network in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has been lauded nationally for enhancing engagement with and support for Pennsylvania’s Latino agricultural community.

Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology to Welcome Assistant Professor in Global Change Pathology

October 30, 2022

Dr. Veronica Roman-Reyna will join Penn State’s Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) as a professor of Global Change Pathology on July 1, 2023.

Gugino named assistant dean for graduate education in College of Ag Sciences

October 7, 2022

Beth Gugino, professor of plant pathology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named assistant dean for graduate education in the college.

Bull steps down at Microbiome Center, looks forward to future innovation

October 3, 2022

After more than five years at the helm of Penn State’s Microbiome Center, founding director Carolee Bull has stepped down. Though she will continue serving as department head of plant pathology and environmental microbiology and as a professor of plant pathology and systematic bacteriology at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Bull has handed off leadership of the Microbiome Center to recent Penn State hire Seth Bordentstein.

Full circle on the farm: Penn State alum returns to help educate Pa. growers

September 28, 2022

When Penn State alum Sara Hricko first came to the University as an undergrad, she had every intention of graduating with a degree in mathematics. But one elective in the College of Agricultural Sciences ending up changing the course of her education, and eventually, her career.

Soybean virus may give plant-munching bugs a boost in survival

September 13, 2022

Most viral infections negatively affect an organism’s health, but one plant virus in particular — soybean vein necrosis orthotospovirus, often referred to as SVNV — may actually benefit a type of insect that commonly feeds on soybean plants and can transmit the virus to the plant, causing disease, according to Penn State research.

New dual-title graduate degree in microbiome sciences now available

August 31, 2022

Students interested in the study of microbiomes now can apply for the new microbiome sciences dual-title doctoral degree program, administered by Penn State’s Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Department welcomes 2022 graduate student cohort

August 29, 2022

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences recently welcomed five new graduate students.

Alumnus-founded startup Phospholutions announces $5.3M investment

August 19, 2022

Hunter Swisher launched the fertilizer tech company as a student at Penn State.

Plant pathologist Donald Davis retiring from Penn State after more than 50 years

August 12, 2022

Donald Davis, professor of plant pathology and environmental microbiology, is retiring after a career spanning more than 50 years in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Podcast: Dr. Tree Fruit and Don - Mid-July Issues

July 14, 2022

In this 7th Fruit Bite, Kari Peter and Don Seifrit highlight the timing for leaf analysis, aphid control, and early harvest stone fruit disease control.

Above-ground microbial communities that quell plant diseases can be developed

July 11, 2022

Microbial communities naturally living on the leaves and stems of tomato plants can be manipulated to suppress diseases that reduce productivity, according to Penn State researchers, offering hope that growers someday can apply these mixtures of bacteria and fungi to protect plants and improve harvests.

Plant pathology graduate student orientation fall 2022

July 8, 2022

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will hold several events during the week of August 17 to welcome new graduate students.