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Vegetable pathology professor receives Excellence in Extension Award
August 15, 2019
Beth Gugino, professor of vegetable pathology in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received this year’s Excellence in Extension Award presented by the American Phytopathological Society. This year’s meeting, Plant Health 2019, was held in Cleveland, Ohio, from Aug. 3 to 7.
Boudreau Promoted to Associate Teaching Professor
July 29, 2019
Mark Boudreau, professor of biology at Penn State Brandywine, has been promoted to associate teaching professor, effective July 1, 2019. Boudreau also serves as a courtesy faculty member for the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
Held Passes Qualifying Exam
July 25, 2019
Congratulations to Jeremy Held for passing his qualifying exam on July 25.
Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes Symposium white paper most read in Phytobiomes Journal
July 22, 2019
A team of researchers at Penn State, in collaboration with other universities and industry across the U.S. and Canada, published a white paper from the Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes Symposium held at University Park, PA, in June 2018. As of July 22, 2019, the paper is the most read paper in the APS journal Phytobiomes.
Ag Progress Days spotlights spotted lanternflies, plant diseases, robots in ag
July 19, 2019
Spotted lanternflies, invasive plant diseases, robots in agriculture and education, and foreign animal diseases will be among the topics highlighted in displays and presentations at the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building and Theatre during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15.
Penn State scientists expanding work to help farmers learn about industrial hemp
June 27, 2019
With the passage of the 2018 farm bill and new regulations that allow the crop to be grown for sale for a range of uses, hemp production in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania has taken off, with more than 300 permits approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture this year.
Grant funds citrus greening resistance research
June 14, 2019
Tim McNellis, an associate professor in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received a $171,000 grant from the Citrus Research and Development Foundation to research citrus greening resistance.
Industry groups award funding for fruit research and extension projects
June 14, 2019
New and ongoing tree-fruit research in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences received a boost with the recent awarding of funds totaling more than $261,000 by the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Apple Program.
Walls successfully defends thesis
June 11, 2019
Joseph Walls successfully defended his thesis on June 10, 2019.
May successfully defends dissertation
June 10, 2019
Sara May successfully defended her dissertation on June 10.
PPEM welcomes new courtesy faculty member
June 7, 2019
The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology recently welcomed Assistant Professor of International Agriculture, Melanie Miller Foster.
Annual Penn State Flower Trials is a labor of love for organizers, volunteers
June 6, 2019
Each May, Sinclair Adam, Alyssa Collins, and a pack of faithful staff and volunteers at Penn State’s Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center pull off a logistical — and exhausting — feat, all for the love of flowers.
NIFA awards grant for microbial stress tolerance research
May 31, 2019
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded Kevin Hockett $453,000 to assist in research focusing on how microbes tolerate distinct stresses.
Faculty Awarded General Education Microgrant
May 28, 2019
The Office for General Education recently awarded a General Education Microgrant to Timothy McNellis, an associate professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, in the amount of $500.
Happy 99th Birthday to the Mushroom Master, Leon Kneebone
May 28, 2019
A World War II veteran who nearly died in battle, a world-renowned mushroom researcher and a volunteer who has has had a huge impact on the Centre County community — today Leon Kneebone turns 99 years old.
Workshop series provides foundation for writing
May 24, 2019
The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences recently concluded a seven-session writing productivity workshop on April 28, 2019.
Pecchia Promoted to Associate Research Professor
May 20, 2019
John Pecchia has been promoted to the rank of associate research professor, effective July 1, 2019.
Peter Promoted to Associate Research Professor
May 20, 2019
Kari Peter has been promoted to the rank of associate research professor, effective July 1, 2019.
Collins Promoted to Associate Research Professor
May 20, 2019
Alyssa Collins has been promoted to the rank of associate research professor, effective July 1, 2019.