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2018

Department welcomes new adjunct faculty
July 5, 2018
The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology recently welcomed two new adjunct faculty, Brenda Wingfield and Justin Pita.
Tesdall Receives AIARD award and Fulbright scholarship
June 26, 2018
The Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) recently announced the recipients of 12 Future Leaders Forum scholarships.
PPEM Faculty Present at Taxonomy of Bacteria and Fungi Seminar
June 13, 2018
Faculty and graduate students from the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) at Penn State presented a seminar focused on the taxonomy of plant pathogens, hosted by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Plant Protection Quarantine (PPQ) and Agriculture Research Service (ARS) on May 9.
Walls Passes Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam
June 4, 2018
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Joseph Walls for passing his comprehensive examination.
Bautista Jalon Passes Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam
May 31, 2018
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón for passing her comprehensive examination on May 30.
Penn State Extension kiosks at produce auctions provide information for growers
May 25, 2018
In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Penn State Extension has set up kiosks at produce auctions across the state to provide growers with timely information on disease and pest identification and management, invasive species alerts, and food safety.
Kang and Wee Receive Funding to Initiate New Research on Mycotoxins in Crops
May 24, 2018
Funding by the Jeanne and Charles Rider Endowment to Dr. Seogchan Kang, professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, and Dr. Josephine Wee, assistant professor of Food Science, will support their project entitled “Chemical ecology-based control of mycotoxin contamination in food/feed crops”.
Ehau-Taumaunu Passes Candidacy Exam
May 22, 2018
Congratulations to Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu who passed her doctoral candidacy exam on May 10.
Hinshaw Passes Candidacy Exam
May 22, 2018
Congratulations to Chauncy Hinshaw who passed his doctoral candidacy exam on May 10.
Wallace Passes Candidacy Exam
May 22, 2018
Congratulations to Emma Wallace who passed her doctoral candidacy exam on May 10.
Bell Awarded Joan Luerssen Faculty Enhancement Funding
May 18, 2018
Dr. Terrence Bell was recently awarded funding to attend the International Phytobiomes Conference in December.
Li Successfully Defends Dissertation
May 15, 2018
Ningxiao Li successfully defended her dissertation on May 14.
Smyth Successfully Defends Dissertation
May 14, 2018
Christopher Smyth successfully defended his dissertation on May 11.
Behari Successfully Defends Dissertation
May 3, 2018
Anita Behari successfully defended her dissertation on May 3.
Qu Promoted to Associate Research Professor
May 3, 2018
PPEM Faculty member Dr. Xinshun Qu who has just been promoted from Assistant Research Professor to Associate Research Professor.
Plant biology symposium slated for June at University Park
May 2, 2018
Penn State will host world-renowned scientists as part of the 21st Penn State Plant Biology Symposium: Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes, set for June 19-22 in the Huck Life Sciences Building on the University Park campus.
Mercado Ties First Place for Course-Based Category at Undergraduate Exhibition
May 1, 2018
Students showcased their work at the 2018 Undergraduate Exhibition at the HUB-Robeson Center on April 18.
Alumni Spotlight: Jen Petrella, class of 2017
May 1, 2018
One year after graduating, Penn State alumna Jen Petrella is using her four-year degree to help fight cancer at the University of Pennsylvania.
Undergraduate Andrew May Receives Award at Phage Research Symposium
April 30, 2018
Innovative undergraduate research programs from Penn State and Gettysburg College came together this weekend at Lake Raystown to share experiences hunting phages from land and sea.
PPEM Faculty Member Dr.Alyssa Collins Hosts Flower Trials at SEREC
April 30, 2018
Each May, the expression "flower power" takes on a new meaning at Penn State's Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Manheim, Lancaster County, when an 85-year-old tradition -- the Penn State Flower Trials -- gets under way.
R. R. Nelson Memorial Speaker Series Hosts Dr. Steven Lindow
April 29, 2018
Steven E. Lindow, professor and executive associate dean for the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley, was the guest speaker at the Richard R. Nelson Memorial Lecture Series, on April 23, 2018, in Buckhout Laboratory at Penn State's University Park campus.
Department Appoints Kaiser as Research Support Technologist for Mushroom Spawn Lab
April 26, 2018
The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology recently appointed Edward Kaiser as Research Support Technologist for the Mushroom Spawn Lab. The position was previously held by Vija Wilkinson, who served the department for 30 ½ years.
Epidemiologists convene at Penn State to Build Research Relationships and Expand Educational Opportunities
April 23, 2018
Thanks to funds from the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology’s Francl Endowment, the program of Dr. Paul Esker hosted Drs. Sarah Pethybridge (Cornell University), Neil McRoberts (University of California-Davis), Pierce Paul (Ohio State University) and Peter Ojiambo (North Carolina State University) from April 16 to 20.
Lindow to speak at Richard R. Nelson Memorial Lecture Series
April 19, 2018
Steven E. Lindow, professor and executive associate dean for the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley, will be the guest speaker at the Richard R. Nelson Memorial Lecture Series, from 3:35 to 4:30 p.m. April 23, in 112 Buckhout Laboratory...
Harvey Successfully Defends Dissertation
April 16, 2018
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Robert Harvey for successfully defending his dissertation on Feb. 27.
Dr. Davis Mentioned in Town & Gown's Preserving Seeds of Knowledge
April 16, 2018
Donald Davis, professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, has experienced this hands-on learning through workshops and interaction with Chamberlain to identify plants.
Doctoral student in plant pathology receives NSF research grant
April 13, 2018
Emma Rosenthal, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will be able to advance her research interests in plant pathology after receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Terrence Bell provides practical skills through ‘Learning to Apply R to Microbiome Data’ workshop
April 12, 2018
Dr. Terrence Bell, Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, hosted a two-hour workshop entitled Learning to Apply R to Microbiome Data on March 30th, 2018.
Plant pathology graduate student, professor recognized for teaching excellence
April 11, 2018
Two educators in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received recognition for their teaching.
PPEM Department Members Place in the 24th Annual Gamma Sigma Delta Research Expo
April 4, 2018
On March 27, 2018, the Penn State Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta held its 24th annual research expo on the Huck Life Sciences Bridge followed by the Celebration of Excellence on March 29th held in partnership with the College of Agricultural Sciences.
PPEM Graduate Students Help Organize inaugural Global Gallery
March 20, 2018
Faculty and graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences illustrated how their research touches every corner of the world during the inaugural Global Gallery, a symposium hosted by the International Agriculture and Development dual-title graduate program (INTAD) and its student association.
Paul Esker teaches Agricultural Epidemiology at the Autonomous University of Mexico State
March 12, 2018
From February 26 through March 2, Dr. Paul Esker had the opportunity to visit the Autonomous University of Mexico State (la Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, UAEM), where he presented an invited talk in the graduate seminar series, as well as a week-long workshop on agricultural epidemiology.
Former PPEM department head, Dr. Barbara Christ, recently spotlighted by alma mater for her M.S. Degree.
March 2, 2018
This is a nice reminder of why we will be celebrating her career with an upcoming retirement party on JUNE 16, 2018 (SAVE THE DATE). Announcements and instructions for registering for the event will be published here shortly.
Natali Ozber selected for the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award
February 28, 2018
Natali Ozber Plant Biology PhD candidate and PPEM student was selected for the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award from the Penn State Graduate School.
Plant pathology students reap benefits of research opportunities
February 15, 2018
Helping undergraduate students understand scientific knowledge through participation in research is a top priority for faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Teaching microbiome data analysis through student involvement in actual faculty research projects (PPEM 497)
February 12, 2018
Report from 2017-18 Teaching Transformation and Innovation Grant recipient Terrence Bell, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
Unique cohort will support student exploration of agricultural microbiomes
February 9, 2018
Faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are spearheading an initiative that will provide selected doctoral students with the opportunity for extensive study in the emerging field of agricultural microbiome research.