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August 2020 graduate assistantships now available
December 5, 2019
Plant Pathology Graduate Research Assistantships beginning August 2020 are now available for highly-qualified applicants.
Inaugural interdisciplinary lecture to address abiotic, biotic health in plants
December 5, 2019
The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at Penn State will host an inaugural lecture on research that could help mitigate the impacts of climate change on abiotic and biotic stress in plants.
Zhao successfully defends thesis
December 2, 2019
Kaixi Zhao successfully defended her thesis on November 26, 2019.
Diseases and Wildlife
November 25, 2019
In the 6th episode of the Reach podcast, we discuss diseases in wildlife. We joined Dr. Kurt Vandegrift in the field to learn how research is conducted using ticks and mice, and how he is trying to prevent the next big epidemic. Next, we speak with Dr. Marilyn Roossinck about white-nose syndrome and it is endangering little brown bats.
World War II paratrooper with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star talks about the war
November 25, 2019
On Dec. 4, 1944, in the jungles of the Philippines during World War II, Penn State alumnus Leon Kneebone, now age 99, found himself leading a platoon of 50 to 60 men on a scouting mission to help locate the Japanese position. With two of these soldiers working as scouts, picking their way through the terrain on the island of Leyte, the group moved very slowly up a hill, surveying their surroundings for any possible signs of the enemy.
Penn State research projects awarded USDA organic agriculture grants
November 18, 2019
Three organic-agriculture projects led by faculty members in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have received grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Penn State's Latinx Agricultural Network aims to help Latinx members of PA's agriculture industry
November 15, 2019
Emma Rosenthal and Ilsa Huerta, both graduate students in the College of Agricultural Sciences, began working together in 2017 because of a shared realization.
Castro Passes Qualifying Exam
November 12, 2019
Congratulations to Johanny for passing his qualifying exam on November 8.
Martin Passes Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam
November 11, 2019
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Phillip L Martin for passing his comprehensive examination.
Hsieh-Feng Passes Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam
November 8, 2019
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Vicki Hsieh-Feng for passing her comprehensive examination.
Blooms and Shrooms Club reveals new world at Penn State
October 30, 2019
From the polypores forming on the trees to the white caps emerging from the ground, mushrooms and other fungi abound around Penn State.
Alumnus secures $1.5 million for Start-Up
October 28, 2019
Hunter Swisher, 2016 plant sciences graduate and entrepreneur, recently secured up to $1.5 million in new investment funding for Phospholutions, his startup fertilizer solution company.
Doctoral student in College of Agricultural Sciences creates global connections
October 24, 2019
As a de la Torre Scholar in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Terry Torres-Cruz aspires to foster relationships between the college and Latin America by sharing her connections and experiences.
Lauritzen Passes Oral Qualifying Exam
October 23, 2019
Congratulations to Elisa Lauritzen for passing her oral qualifying exam on October 22.
Approaches Towards Soil Probiotics
October 23, 2019
Microbial inoculants - soil probiotics - is not a new concept, but the challenge remains how to take products from labs to effectively work in the ag fields.
Microbial Inoculants for Agricultural Soils – Potential and Challenges
October 21, 2019
Researchers from the Penn State Microbiome Manipulation Lab are interested in the effects of plant-associated microbiomes on crop productivity.
Shih Passes Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam
October 18, 2019
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Justin Shih for passing his comprehensive examination.
Students support fusarium research in strategic partnership with Penn State
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.
Kaminsky passes qualifying exam
October 11, 2019
Congratulations to Laura for passing her qualifying exam on October 11.
Latinx Agricultural Network formed at Penn State to address community's needs
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.