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Alumnus-founded startup Phospholutions announces $5.3M investment

Hunter Swisher launched the fertilizer tech company as a student at Penn State.

Startup's recent success tied to Penn State entrepreneurial ecosystem

In the past year, State College-based Phospholutions has grown from seven to 20 employees, and recently raised $10.3 million in venture capital funding to support the development and growth of its RhizoSorb soil-enhancement technology across market segments and expand to global markets.

Fruit farmers keep wary eye on weather

Penn State graduate, Sara Hricko, discusses how the weather affects their 90-acre farm that specializes in apples and peaches.

Alumnus named rising star on list of 1,000 inspiring Black scientists in America

Penn State alumnus Rondy Malik has been named a “Rising Star” on a list of “1,000 inspiring Black scientists in America." Malik was advised by Terrence Bell and graduated from the ecology program in 2019.

A Disturbing Twinkie That Has, So Far, Defied Science

Penn State plant pathology alumnus Matt Kasson attempts to culture fungi from eight-year-old Twinkie.

Spring 2020 Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology Graduates

Meet some of PPEM's 2020 Ph.D., M.S., Intercollege, and World Campus graduates, as well as undergraduates who minored in Plant Pathology and/or Mushroom Science and Technology or who worked in PPEM labs.

Alumnus-owned distillery provides sanitizer to Centre County first responders

As the co-owner of Big Spring Spirits, a craft distillery in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Penn State alumnus Kevin Lloyd’s product lineup typically includes such beverages as rum, whiskey and gin. However, in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the distillery has added a new bottle to the shelf: hand sanitizer.

Alumnus secures $1.5 million for Start-Up

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.

Student entrepreneur takes blood tests from the waiting room to the living room

Using Penn State’s entrepreneurial resources, biology student Sherveen “Shevy” Karbasi is bringing complete blood count testing out of the clinic and onto a smartphone.

Phospholutions: From student project to thriving startup

Licensing a technology created in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State startup Phospholutions developed a soil-amendment product called RhizoSorb. The product aims to reduce phosphorus runoff and enhance plant root depth, decreasing the amount of both water and fertilizer needed to have healthy plants.

Alumni Spotlight: Jen Petrella, class of 2017

One year after graduating, Penn State alumna Jen Petrella is using her four-year degree to help fight cancer at the University of Pennsylvania.

Former PPEM department head, Dr. Barbara Christ, recently spotlighted by alma mater for her M.S. Degree.

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.

Phospholutions Selected for Innovation Showcase on Capitol Hill

PPEM alumni Hunter Swisher and Ben Nason recognized at first Penn State Innovation Showcase on Capitol Hill.

We Are...Entering the Golf Business

Penn State turf network helps PPEM 2016 alumnus and entrepreneur Hunter Swisher launch Phospholutions.

Kira Bowen Given College of Ag Outstanding Alumni Award

Merrill Lab alumna Dr. Kira Bowen was presented the Outstanding Alumni Award by the College of Agricultural Sciences on October 25.

Ramos-Sepúlveda Accepts Assistant Professor Position

Laura Ramos-Sepúlveda becomes Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Millersville University on Aug. 1.

Professor Emeritus James R. Bloom, Sr., Dies

PPEM mourns the loss of Dr. James R. Bloom, Sr., who died on May 10. He was Dept. Head, 1975-1976, and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1987.

Alumna Pfeufer Enjoys Statewide Responsibilities at University of Kentucky

Emily Pfeufer (M.S. 2010, Ph.D. 2014) is Assistant Extension Professor in Dept. of Plant Pathology at the University of Kentucky.

PPEM Annual Awards Ceremony

The Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology held its 2017 Annual Awards Ceremony on April 13.

Yueying Chen Begins Work at Kansas State

December 2016 graduate Yueying Chen begins work as postdoctoral fellow at Kansas State on April 3.

Alumna Garzón is PPEM Colloquium Speaker

Alumna Carla Garzón visits PPEM faculty and students and delivers PPATH 590 seminar on March 13.

Alumnus Castaño-Zapata Recognized by Colombia's Ministry of Education

Alumnus Dr. Jairo Castaño Zapata (Ph.D., 1981), was recognized by Colombia's Ministry of Education on March 10.

Mitchell Promoted to Full Professor at Ohio State

Dr. Thomas K. Mitchell, former undergraduate in the Royse Lab, was promoted to full professor at Ohio State in February 2017.

Dept. Welcomes Alumni and Family Members at Annual Winter Party

See photos from the PPEM Annual Winter Party held at Celebration Hall on Jan. 26.

Alumna Kiel Advocates for STEM Diversity and Inclusion

Former PPEM undergrad researcher Kiel takes own quest for STEM diversity and inclusion to next level of paying it forward.