Recent News

August 2019 graduate assistantships now available
October 12, 2018
Plant Pathology Graduate Research Assistantships beginning August 2019 are now available for highly-qualified applicants.
Job Opening for tenure-track faculty position
October 5, 2018
The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking an assistant professor (soilborne disease dynamics and management). More information/apply at
Gorgo-Gourovitch joins department as affiliate instructor
September 28, 2018
The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology recently welcomed Extension Educator, Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch.
Microbiome Center to host networking event Oct. 2
September 26, 2018
Those interested in learning about or participating in microbiome research at Penn State are invited to attend a networking event sponsored by the University's Microbiome Research Center.
Penn State education helps horticulture alumnus dig deep into potato industry
September 26, 2018
Curtis Frederick really digs potatoes. And that's a good thing considering that the 2009 graduate of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is enjoying a career as a senior agronomist at Sterman Masser Inc., a large, family-owned potato company, in Sacramento, Pennsylvania.
Fruit research and extension projects receive funding from industry groups
September 25, 2018
The State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Apple Program recently awarded nearly $233,000 in funding to support new and ongoing fruit research and extension projects in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Fall 2018 Seminar Series: Dr. Jay Lennon
September 20, 2018
Dr. Jay Lennon, Professor at Indiana University Bloomington was a seminar speaker on September 17.
Ehau-Taumaunu receives Rose Hellaby postgraduate scholarship
September 12, 2018
Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, Ph.D. student in Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, is the 2018 recipient of the Rose Hellaby postgraduate scholarship.
Potnis Visits PPEM
August 31, 2018
Dr. Neha Potnis, Assistant Professor of Entomology & Plant Pathology at Auburn University was a seminar speaker on August 27.
Tesdall successfully defends thesis
August 30, 2018
Genna Tesdall successfully defended her thesis on August 29.
A CRISPR Mushroom
August 22, 2018
The term "genetically modified organism" is almost guaranteed to spark debate in the news and social media, on Internet message boards, and at the water cooler. Now, the work of a faculty researcher in the college has generated a new wave of attention to the ongoing dialogue surrounding GMOs.
Graduate Students Receive Grants from Northeast SARE
August 7, 2018
The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program selected proposals of three plant pathology graduate students for the 2018 Graduate Student grant awards. Of the 61 proposals received, Northeast SARE awarded a total of 28 proposals at a funding level of $405,373. SARE offers competitive grants to projects that explore and address key issues affecting the sustainability and future economic viability of agriculture.
ICPP Plenary Session is available to watch
July 30, 2018
Plenary Session – Plant Health is the Earth’s Wealth featuring “Taxing Times – Plant Pathogens in a Global Economy,” by Dr. Carolee T. Bull.