College of Agricultural Sciences student selected for Land O'Lakes internship

January 16, 2019

This past summer, Izaiah Bokunewicz, a plant sciences major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, had a unique opportunity to advance his knowledge of food security and global hunger by participating in a prestigious program sponsored by Land O'Lakes.

Faculty receive USDA grant to develop reliable biocontrol for Fusarium wilt of tomato

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.

Ozber Successfully Defends Dissertation

December 19, 2018

Natali Ozber successfully defended her dissertation on December 19.

Research team discovers oldest known plant virus at ancient settlement

December 13, 2018

Researchers studying ancient corncobs found at a Native American archeological site have recovered a 1,000-year-old virus, the oldest plant virus ever reported.

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Penn State Postdoc Society award Molla for contribution to research and discovery

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.

Fall 2018 Seminar Series: Dr. Christopher Clarke

December 5, 2018

Dr. Christopher Clarke, research plant pathologist at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), concluded the Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology Fall 2018 Seminar Series on Monday.

Faculty receive SNIP Level I Launch grant to develop Spotted Lanternfly monitoring system

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.

Ehau-Taumaunu Passes Oral Qualifying Exam

December 3, 2018

Congratulations to Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu for passing her oral qualifying exam on Nov. 28.

Hinshaw Passes Oral Qualifying Exam

December 3, 2018

Congratulations to Chauncy Hinshaw for passing his oral qualifying exam on Nov. 28.

Grant supports research to combat white-nose syndrome in bats

November 12, 2018

Penn State research aimed at combating white-nose syndrome in bats has received funding from the Bats for the Future Fund. Virologist Marilyn Roossinck, professor of plant pathology and environmental microbiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, received a grant of more than $263,000 to study how a virus that infects the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome influences the virulence of the fungus.

Graduate students receive SACNAS travel scholarships, present at STEM diversity conference

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.

Penn State Mushroom Short Course marks milestone in aiding industry

October 25, 2018

The Penn State Mushroom Short Course recently marked its 60th year of providing mushroom growers with researched-based information and expertise aimed at advancing the industry.

Phospholutions: From student project to thriving startup

October 25, 2018

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.

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.

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.

Penn State education helps horticulture alumnus dig deep into potato industry

September 25, 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.

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.

Department welcomes new assistant teaching professor

August 31, 2018

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences welcomed Assistant Teaching Professor Christina Fox Call on August 16.

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.

Department welcomes new adjunct faculty

July 5, 2018

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology recently welcomed two new adjunct faculty, Brenda Wingfield and Justin Pita.

Christ retires after 33 years of service and leadership

June 29, 2018

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences held a retirement party for Barbara Christ on June 16, 2018, at Millbrook Marsh. Christ retired on July 1, 2018, after 33 years of service and leadership at Penn State.

Tesdall Receives AIARD award and Fulbright scholarship

June 26, 2018

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