Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology Welcomes Assistant Professor of Soilborne Disease Dynamics and Management

October 7, 2019

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will welcome a new faculty member on February 1, 2020.

Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology Professor Emerita Eva Pell Pens Children's Book

October 7, 2019

After working at Penn State for 36 years and then retiring as undersecretary for science at the Smithsonian Institution, Eva Pell is writing children’s books. Pell was the senior vice president for research at Penn State and dean of the Graduate School, and a professor of plant pathology. Now, she is taking her background in science and bringing it to the first in a series of books focused on 11- and 12-year-old cousins who, along with their grandmother, use their intellect and passion to rescue animals.

Plant pathologist awarded grant to aid global study of seedborne pathogens

October 3, 2019

A nearly $4 million grant awarded to Penn State will support an interdisciplinary, multi-university team of researchers as they explore bacterial pathogens causing leaf spot diseases that are damaging valuable agricultural crops such as watermelon and pumpkin.

Iturralde Martinez successfully defends thesis

September 23, 2019

Juan Francisco Iturralde Martinez successfully defended his thesis on September 20, 2019.

Trailblazers: Carolee Bull Investigates the Microbiome

September 18, 2019

Interdisciplinary work truly defines Carolee Bull, director of Penn State's Microbiome Center and professor and department head of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology. Her research centers around translational taxonomy which is the use of bacterial systematics, combined with epidemiology, and population biology of bacterial plant and mushroom pathogens and biological control agents to manage plant and mushroom diseases. Bull’s work spans some of the most pressing issues of food security, such as global seed health.

Penn State Microbiome Center's DAWG chews on microbiome data sets

September 17, 2019

All scientific research requires the collection of data, and lots of it. But any collection of information is meaningless until it’s organized, analyzed and interpreted. The Penn State Microbiome Center’s Data Analysis Working Group seeks to facilitate this process, so that more members of the Penn State community can produce research deliverables related to microbiomes.

Paukett Passes Qualifying Exam

September 12, 2019

Congratulations to Michelle for passing her qualifying exam on September 12.

Graduate student awarded Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant

August 27, 2019

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program selected Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu as a recipient for the 2019 Graduate Student Research Grant Award.

AG Journeys: Melissa Mercado

August 26, 2019

At Penn State, step out of the classroom and into the greatest laboratory in the world—the Pennsylvania wilds, a hive of agricultural activity in every direction.

Torres-Cruz Passes Qualifying Exam

August 19, 2019

Congratulations to Terry for passing her qualifying exam on August 19.

Vegetable pathology professor receives Excellence in Extension Award

August 15, 2019

Beth Gugino, professor of vegetable pathology in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received this year’s Excellence in Extension Award presented by the American Phytopathological Society. This year’s meeting, Plant Health 2019, was held in Cleveland, Ohio, from Aug. 3 to 7.

Boudreau Promoted to Associate Teaching Professor

July 29, 2019

Mark Boudreau, professor of biology at Penn State Brandywine, has been promoted to associate teaching professor, effective July 1, 2019. Boudreau also serves as a courtesy faculty member for the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Held Passes Qualifying Exam

July 25, 2019

Congratulations to Jeremy Held for passing his qualifying exam on July 25.

Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes Symposium white paper most read in Phytobiomes Journal

July 22, 2019

A team of researchers at Penn State, in collaboration with other universities and industry across the U.S. and Canada, published a white paper from the Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes Symposium held at University Park, PA, in June 2018. As of July 22, 2019, the paper is the most read paper in the APS journal Phytobiomes.

Ag Progress Days spotlights spotted lanternflies, plant diseases, robots in ag

July 19, 2019

Spotted lanternflies, invasive plant diseases, robots in agriculture and education, and foreign animal diseases will be among the topics highlighted in displays and presentations at the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building and Theatre during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15.

Penn State scientists expanding work to help farmers learn about industrial hemp

June 27, 2019

With the passage of the 2018 farm bill and new regulations that allow the crop to be grown for sale for a range of uses, hemp production in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania has taken off, with more than 300 permits approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture this year. Even before hemp was green-lighted by the federal government, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences was at the forefront of industrial hemp research in Pennsylvania.

Grant funds citrus greening resistance research

June 14, 2019

Tim McNellis, an associate professor in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received a $171,000 grant from the Citrus Research and Development Foundation to research citrus greening resistance.

Industry groups award funding for fruit research and extension projects

June 14, 2019

New and ongoing tree-fruit research in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences received a boost with the recent awarding of funds totaling more than $261,000 by the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Apple Program.

Walls successfully defends thesis

June 11, 2019

Joseph Walls successfully defended his thesis on June 10, 2019.

May successfully defends dissertation

June 10, 2019

Sara May successfully defended her dissertation on June 10.

PPEM welcomes new courtesy faculty member

June 7, 2019

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology recently welcomed Assistant Professor of International Agriculture, Melanie Miller Foster.

Annual Penn State Flower Trials is a labor of love for organizers, volunteers

June 6, 2019

Each May, Sinclair Adam, Alyssa Collins, and a pack of faithful staff and volunteers at Penn State’s Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center pull off a logistical — and exhausting — feat, all for the love of flowers.

NIFA awards grant for microbial stress tolerance research

May 31, 2019

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded Kevin Hockett $453,000 to assist in research focusing on how microbes tolerate distinct stresses.

Faculty Awarded General Education Microgrant

May 28, 2019

The Office for General Education recently awarded a General Education Microgrant to Timothy McNellis, an associate professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, in the amount of $500.

Happy 99th Birthday to the Mushroom Master, Leon Kneebone

May 28, 2019

A World War II veteran who nearly died in battle, a world-renowned mushroom researcher and a volunteer who has has had a huge impact on the Centre County community — today Leon Kneebone turns 99 years old.

Workshop series provides foundation for writing

May 24, 2019

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences recently concluded a seven-session writing productivity workshop on April 28, 2019.

Pecchia Promoted to Associate Research Professor

May 20, 2019

John Pecchia has been promoted to the rank of associate research professor, effective July 1, 2019.

Peter Promoted to Associate Research Professor

May 20, 2019

Kari Peter has been promoted to the rank of associate research professor, effective July 1, 2019.

Collins Promoted to Associate Research Professor

May 20, 2019

Alyssa Collins has been promoted to the rank of associate research professor, effective July 1, 2019.

Klee receives Alumni Association Dissertation Award

May 14, 2019

Sara Klee, a 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 Alumni Association Dissertation Award.