Remembering Professor Emeritus John M. Skelly

March 25, 2019

John M. Skelly, 78 Sr., Ph.D., 78, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019.

Klee receives College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Dissertation Award

March 18, 2019

Sara Klee, doctoral student in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology and USDA NIFA Predoctoral Fellow, has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Dissertation Award.

PA farm show provides opportunity to network

February 28, 2019

The 103 PA Farm Show took place on January 5 – 12 and was held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Members from the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, along with other members of the College of Agricultural Sciences and members of the Mushrooms Framers of Pennsylvania (MFPA) volunteered at the event.

Assessment details impact of pests and pathogens on world’s major food crops

February 26, 2019

Pests and diseases are taking a substantial bite out of the world’s five major food crops — in some cases, up to 40 percent — according to a recently released publication, one of the first to inventory the impact on a global scale.

Plant pathology students embrace science and diversity at national conference

February 6, 2019

Students and faculty members from the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently attended the National Diversity in STEM Conference.

'A fungus among us': Penn State Mushroom Spawn Lab aids industry

January 29, 2019

Commercial mushroom farms, academic researchers and mushroom hobbyists from near and far rely on the Penn State Mushroom Spawn Lab in the College of Agricultural Sciences to advance their operations.

Gugino and Isard receive funding to monitor and forecast cucurbit downy mildew

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.

May Passes Doctoral Comprehensive Exam

January 18, 2019

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Sara May for passing her comprehensive examination.

Unraveling of 58-year-old corn gene mystery may have plant-breeding implications

January 17, 2019

In discovering a mutant gene that "turns on" another gene responsible for the red pigments sometimes seen in corn, researchers solved an almost six-decades-old mystery with a finding that may have implications for plant breeding in the future.

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 https://psu.jobs/job/83442.

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.