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Characteristic angular spots caused by downy mildew on cucumber, as the disease progresses the leaves shrivel and curl upward. IMAGE: BETH GUGINO
January 23, 2019

Cucurbit vegetables grown in the U.S., namely watermelon, cucumber, squash, pumpkin and muskmelon, are worth $1.35 billion. Faculty at Penn State in collaboration with 16 other universities will utilize funding awarded by the 2018 USDA Specialty Crop Multi-State Program to monitor and forecast cucurbit downy mildew (CDM) over the next three years.

December 21, 2018

Biocontrol has long been touted as a safer alternative to synthetic pesticides for both, farmworker safety and the environment. However, inconsistent efficacy has hampered its wide adoption for disease management. To address this issue, faculty at Penn State are leading a project, funded by the USDA Specialty Crop Multi-State Program. Their focus is on generating critical knowledge and resources needed to develop and deploy reliable biocontrol strategies that can help protect tomato production from Fusarium wilt, an increasingly problematic soilborne disease.

Postdoctoral scholars and committee members from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Penn State Postdoc Society pause for a photo during the Eleventh Annual Postdoc Research Exhibition on September 28, 2018.  IMAGE: TRACEY ACCORDINO, PENN STATE
December 7, 2018

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Penn State Postdoc Society presented the 11th annual Postdoc Research Exhibition on September 28 in Alumni Hall and the HUB-Robeson Center.

Lycorma delicatula, commonly known as the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), invading a grapevine. IMAGE: ERICA SMYERS, PENN STATE
December 4, 2018

Research and awareness around the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) continues to increase as proposals are selected for funding to help fight this invasive species. These sap-feeding insects are a major threat to U.S. agriculture, timber industry, and many managed and natural ecosystems, feeding on over 70 species of plants.

Graduate students Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu (left) and Terry Torres Cruz were awarded SACNAS travel scholarships to present at the 2018 STEM diversity conference in San Antonio. IMAGE: PHOTO PROVIDED BY TERRY TORRES CRUZ
November 9, 2018

Students and faculty from the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology attended The National Diversity in STEM Conference on October 11, 2018, hosted by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). The three-day conference was held in San Antonio this year and is scheduled to take place in Honolulu next year.

Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu
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.

PPEM Graduate Students, from left, Juan Francisco Iturralde-Martinez, Phillip Martin and Joseph Walls. (Image: Penn State)
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.

Genna Tesdall
June 26, 2018

The Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) recently announced the recipients of 12 Future Leaders Forum scholarships.

Image: Josephine Wee
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”.

Dr. Terrence Bell
May 18, 2018

Dr. Terrence Bell was recently awarded funding to attend the International Phytobiomes Conference in December.

Image: Melissa Mercado
May 1, 2018

Students showcased their work at the 2018 Undergraduate Exhibition at the HUB-Robeson Center on April 18.

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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.

(L to R) are PPEM members Juan Francisco Iturralde Martinez, Chauncy Hinshaw, Laura Kaminsky and Phillip Martin who participated in the GSD Research Expo.
April 4, 2018

On March 27, 2018, the Penn State Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta held its 24th annual research expo on the Huck Life Sciences Bridge followed by the Celebration of Excellence on March 29th held in partnership with the College of Agricultural Sciences.

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December 1, 2017

Natali Özber's proposal was selected for funding by College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Competitive Grants Program.

Credit: Jonathan Stephens, Penn State
November 30, 2017

Jon Stephens, Plant Pathology minor, receives Penn State Agricultural Council's Youth Leadership Award.

November 17, 2017

Drs. Terrence Bell and Kevin Hockett were awarded funding from the Strategic Networks and Initiatives Program on November 17.

Credit: Colin Kruse, Ohio University
November 1, 2017

Dr. Carolee Bull was recognized for her professional achievements by her alma mater, Ohio University, during a ceremony in Athens, Ohio, on October 27.

Credit: Michael Houtz, Penn State
September 30, 2017

Dr. Terrence Bell is one of the recipients of the 2017-2018 Teaching Transformation and Innovation Grant Awards.

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July 24, 2017

Northeast SARE awards Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón a 2017 Graduate Student Grant.

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May 23, 2017

Cristina Rosa's travel proposal was selected to a faculty development fund to support her travel to Croatia.

Credit: Seogchan Kang, Penn State
May 18, 2017

Dr. Seogchan Kang was elected as an APS Fellow, an honor given to members in recognition of distinguished contributions to the discipline of plant pathology.

May 18, 2017

Anita Behari and Ningxiao Li receive APS travel awards to present research at 2017 Annual Meeting.

Bastian Minkenberg (R) | Image: Gary Thompson, Penn State
April 18, 2017

Ph.D. candidate Bastian Minkenberg was selected for Penn State's Alumni Association Dissertation Award of $5,000.

Vija Wilkinson (L) and Carolee Bull (R) | Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State
April 13, 2017

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

Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State
April 12, 2017

Commitment to outreach a major focus of Rosenthal's 2017-2018 NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship.

Image: David Beyer, Penn State University
March 31, 2017

Dr. David Beyer was recognized for Extension Excellence in Gamma Sigma Delta chapter ceremony on March 30.

Image: Lianna Wodzicki, Penn State
March 28, 2017

Undergraduate Lianna Wodzicki was awarded 2nd Place in the Gamma Sigma Delta Research Exposition held March 28.

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March 26, 2017

Ph.D. candidate Maliheh Safari received 2nd Place award in 2017 Graduate Exhibition.

Image: Elena Christian, Penn State University
March 23, 2017

Undergraduate Elena Christian (McNellis Lab) won first place in the APS-Potomac Division Poster competition on March 23.

Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State University
March 17, 2017

Congratulations to Phillip Martin, a 2017 awardee of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State University
January 31, 2017

M.S. student Genna Tesdall's research project was one of five student research projects awarded funding in the Fall 2016 grant cycle.

Image: Elena Christian, Penn State University
January 9, 2017

McNellis lab undergraduate Elena Christian receives $2000 for her Spring 2017 student research proposal.

Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State University
January 9, 2017

Geiser Lab undergraduate Clara Miller receives $2000 for her Spring 2017 student research proposal.

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November 14, 2016

Rob Harvey's graduate oral presentation won first place at the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology's annual meeting.

Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State University
October 19, 2016

Congratulations to Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón for her funded proposal supported by the James F. and Marilyn L. Tammen Memorial Endowment for International Plant Pathology.

Image: Penn State University
October 4, 2016

Penn State Agricultural Council honors Smyth as an outstanding leader in the Pennsylvania agricultural community.

Image: Markus Kastner, Penn State University
September 14, 2016

Dr. Paolo Margaria was selected by the Penn State Postdoctoral Society for the 2016 Outstanding Postdoc Award.

(L-R) Asst. Professor Dr. Cristina Rosa, CASSE students Roandy Sanchez Mejia and Jeffrey Seaman, and postdoctoral scientist and student mentor Dr. Paolo Margaria | Image: Paolo Margaria, Penn State University
July 19, 2016

Students hosted by Rosa Lab place first in 2016 Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) Research Symposium CASSE category.

June 21, 2016

Sara Klee has been selected to receive $1,000 from the Leonard J. Francl Endowment in support of her graduate research in plant pathology .

June 21, 2016

Sara May was awarded $1,400 from the Larry J. Jordon Memorial Endowment in support of her field research in plant pathology.

Dr. Carolee Bull (L) and Sara May (R)
April 22, 2016

The Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology held its Annual Awards Ceremony on April 21.

April 11, 2016

Freddy Magdama was awarded 2nd Place at the Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium.

(L to R) are PPEM members Carolee Bull, Beth Gugino, Jasmine Dillion (Animal Sci.-honorary PPEM), Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón, and Freddy Magdama.
April 1, 2016

PPEM was well represented among this year's Gamma Sigma Delta Research Expo award winners and new society initiates.

March 21, 2016

Ph.D. student Freddy Magdama's Health & Life Sciences research poster won second place at the 2016 Graduate Exhibition, held March 18 and 20.

March 15, 2016

Ph.D. student Sara Klee newly named as APS Office of Education board member and I. E. Melhus Symposium presenter at 2016 APS Annual Mtg.

Jennie Mazzone (left) and Sarah Capasso (right)
January 7, 2016

Sarah Bardsley Capasso and Jennie Diehl Mazzone each took first place in the APS Northeastern Division meeting's graduate oral paper and poster competitions.

December 15, 2015

Jennie Mazzone was awarded funding to develop educational materials to empower Honduran women in the horticultural value chain.

September 18, 2015

Sarah Capasso and Freddy Magdama, under the supervision of Dr. María del Mar Jiménez Gasco, received competitive travel awards to attend the 2015 American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting held in Pasadena, CA.