Recent News

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.