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November 11, 2016

Congratulations to Tareq Islam for passing his oral candidacy exam on November 11.

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November 3, 2016

Congratulations to Joe Walls for passing his oral candidacy exam on November 3.

November 3, 2016

The year 2016 was a successful one for Dr. Tim McNellis, several former and current advisees, and select undergraduates.

Drs. Carolee Bull (L) and Kira Bowen (R) | Image: Nancy Wenner, Penn State University
October 31, 2016

Alumna Dr. Kira Bowen (B.S., 1980) led a manuscripts publication workshop and presented a seminar for the dept. on October 31.

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October 22, 2016

Undergraduate Sara Getson reports on the Northeastern Division of the American Phytopathological Society's annual meeting held Oct. 19-21.

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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.

Bill Wintermantel (L) and Ph.D. candidate Maliheh Safari (R) | Image: Nancy Wenner, Penn State University
October 18, 2016

USDA ARS Research Plant Pathologist Bill Wintermantel was the seminar speaker on October 17.

October 6, 2016

Ph.D. candidate Yueying Chen successfully defended her dissertation research on October 6.

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October 4, 2016

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

Genna Tesdall (R) | Image: Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón, Penn State University
September 25, 2016

Plant Pathology Association volunteers participate in apple harvest at Rock Springs Sept. 24-25.

Melissa Finley (L) and Kristi Fenstermacher (R) | Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State University
September 19, 2016

Summer interns Fenstermacher and Finley brought to fruition Penn State Node launch on Bugwood site.

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September 16, 2016

PPEM's annual Fall Welcome Potluck was held September 16 to introduce new dept. members.

(L-R) Chris Ramage, Carolee Bull, Laura Ramos-Sepúlveda, and Vsevolod Soltanov | Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State University
September 14, 2016

First lab meeting of academic year planned research and welcomed new member Chris Ramage.

Image: Cristina Rosa, Penn State University
September 12, 2016

UC Riverside Associate Professor and Associate Plant Pathologist Dr. James Ng was the Sept 12 PPEM Colloquium Series speaker.

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September 8, 2016

Congratulations to Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón for passing her oral candidacy exam on Sept. 8.

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August 25, 2016

Congratulations to Steve Conaway for successfully defending his doctoral dissertation this afternoon.

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August 24, 2016

Congratulations to Brian Aynardi for successfully defending his dissertation titled "Sclerotinia homoeocarpa: Pathogen biology and molecular detection methods."

Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State University
August 22, 2016

The Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology welcomes the Fall 2016 class of new graduate students.

Image: Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón, Penn State University
August 20, 2016

PPEM dept. members continue noteworthy monthly outreach at North Atherton Farmers Market.

Image: Nancy Wenner, Penn State University
August 18, 2016

Ag Progress Days PPEM volunteers coordinator Judy Sinn credits dept. members for successful PPEM interactive display.

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August 1, 2016

Genna Tesdall relates Rome and Washington, D.C. experiences with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón (R) explains Verticillium dahliae in culture | Image: Jennie Mazzone, Penn State University
July 23, 2016

Graduate students and staff showcased research and answered gardening questions at North Atherton Farmers Market on July 23.

Fusarium macroconidia | Image: Chris Smyth, Penn State University
July 19, 2016

Ph.D. candidate Chris Smyth seeks to raise $4,000 by Aug. 13 to fund Sept. research at three Florida sea turtle nest sites.

(L-R) SEAREC interns Allyson Balmer and Kate Mobley, SEAREC Research Technologist Sadie Smith | Image: Nancy Wenner, Penn State University
June 29, 2016

Dr. Alyssa Collins writes about undergraduate student interns and the beneficial day they spent in the Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) on June 29.

June 24, 2016

Ph.D. candidate Malileh Safari passed her comprehensive exam on Friday, June 24.

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.

June 3, 2016

Ph.D. candidate Bastian Minkenberg's research was included in UC-Berkeley's first Plant Genome Engineering Symposium this week.

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May 10, 2016

The Univ. of Delaware's UDaily web article features Chris Ramage, who will join PPEM this summer as a new Ph.D. student.

(L-R) Dr. Gretchen Kuldau, Willis Glass, and Dr. Catherine Cutter (Food Science) after the graduation ceremonies. Image: Gretchen Kuldau
May 8, 2016

One Ph.D. Plant Pathology graduate, one Mushroom Science Technology minor graduate, and five iMPS Homeland Security graduates join PPEM alumni.

(L-R): Dr. Cristina Rosa, Natali Özber, Asifa Hameed, Andrew May, Kevin Cassidy, Kaixi Zhao, Dr. Paolo Margaria, and Joseph Walls.
April 30, 2016

Dr. Cristina Rosa, Asst. Prof. of Plant Virology, introduces her new lab members and highlights recent lab accomplishments.

Image: Jim McQuaide, VJM Photography
April 28, 2016

This year's Arbor Day Celebration at the Penn State Arboretum included a new PPEM station which focused on the role of microbes.

April 23, 2016

Ph.D. candidate Freddy Magdama reports on the emergence of FocTR4 and int'l efforts to address this banana industry threat.

(L-R) Jennifer Petrella, Drew May, Rob Harvey, and Lianna Wodzicki. Image: Christopher Smyth
April 19, 2016

On April 19 the College of Agricultural Sciences hosted students from two Philadelphia high schools for Plant Sciences Recruitment Day.

2016 Earth Day Birthday plant pathology and mycology interactive table. Image: Christopher Smyth
April 17, 2016

This year's "Earth Day Birthday" at Millbrook Marsh included more than 500 visitors and an interactive table for plant pathology and mycology.

April 11, 2016

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

(L-R) Bastian Minkenberg and Dr. Sona Bandey, who hosted Bastian's visit to the Danforth Center.
April 4, 2016

Bastian Minkenberg presented his most recent progress on “Advancing crop genome engineering with tools to edit multiple genes.”

March 31, 2016

This spring semester PPEM welcomes new Plant Pathology M.S. student and visionary Genna Tesdall.

Guest speaker Maryn Carlson (L) with Garrett Morrison (R)
March 29, 2016

Student-invited colloquium speaker Maryn Carlson's presentation on March 28, 2016, was titled "Genetic dynamics of an experimental biparental population of Phytophthora capsici."

Gugino and Mazzone (center) with Horticulture Innovation Lab workers (left) and Zamorano student translator (right)
March 28, 2016

Gugino and Mazzone visited Zamorano Agricultural University in Honduras to obtain information for educational materials to help Western Honduran growers.

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.

March 9, 2016

Dr. Kari Peter and Ph.D. candidate Christopher Smyth led STEM Career Launch sessions at Penn State Harrisburg for 9th grade students.

Jennie Mazzone presenting at MAFVC
February 9, 2016

M.S. student Jennie Mazzone describes the meaning and value she derived from presenting at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention.

(L-R) Garrett Morrison, Carolee Bull, Kimberly Paley
January 20, 2016

M.S. Student Garrett Morrison gives an in-depth look at PA Farm Show's "Mush-Room" booth.

January 12, 2016

When interviewed by the York Daily Record at the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show this week, Ph.D. Student Rob Harvey lauded mushrooms and the mushroom industry.

January 11, 2016

State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania funding for graduate-student housing at Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center will enhance research and the regional economy.

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.

Kayla A. Echols (left) in Seattle
November 17, 2015

Kayla A. Echols, Plant Biology Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Yinong Yang's lab, commends the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.

Minkenberg receives MBBISP award
November 6, 2015

Bastian Minkenberg, Plant Biology Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Yinong Yang's lab, traveled last month to Des Moines, Iowa, as part of Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program.

Rob Harvey with Dr. Nina Shishkoff
October 27, 2015

Dr. Nina Shishkoff, Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Plant Pathologist, talked with faculty and students today about her work in a Biological Safety Level 3 containment facility.

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.

September 18, 2015

Ph.D. student Freddy Magdama teamed up with Sarah Eissler (M.S. student in Rural Sociology) to present a research project for the Dow-Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Awards.

September 1, 2015

Six new graduate students have joined the Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology: Edelio R. Bazán, Kayla A. Echols, Matthew S. Wheatley, Melissa L. Finley, Md Tariqul Islam, and Garrett E. Morrison.