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March 5, 2015

PPEM congratulates former postdoc Kabin Xie, Ph.D. student Bastian Minkenberg, and Associate Professor Yinong Yang for their publication in PNAS documenting an innovative method to improve genome editing technology.

February 19, 2015

The exhibition, "Mushrooms: A Tribute to the Kneebone Mushroom Reference Library," is on display Feb. 25 to May 7, in the Sidewater Commons, 102 Pattee Library on the University Park campus. Leon R. Kneebone, Professor Emeritus of botany and plant pathology, donated his private library to create a working library for researchers in all fields of mushroom cultivation and mycology.

February 18, 2015

Graduate student Jennie Diehl Mazzone was one of 12 Penn State students who traveled to Thailand and Cambodia to witness recent agricultural developments that could play a role in alleviating poverty and ending world hunger.

Sara Getson
January 13, 2015

News and photos from Sara Getson, our Plant Pathology minor who works with Gary Moorman and who, while studying abroad first semester, hunted mushrooms.

December 12, 2014

Dr. Yinong Yang visited the J. R. Simplot Company in Boise, Idaho, Nov. 11-13, 2014, and presented an invited seminar titled “Genome Editing Technology to Breed Non-Transgenic, Genetically Improved Crops.”

November 21, 2014

Sara Klee, Ph.D. student in the McNellis lab, won first place in a student poster competition at the 2014 meeting of the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology at Lycoming College. The title of her poster was “Using Fluorescent Labeling to Gain Insight into Fire Blight Disease Development.”

November 11, 2014

This Veteran's Day The Centre Daily Times features a remarkable interview with Dr. Leon Kneebone, Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, as he relates some of his World War II memories.

(L-R) Ed Kaiser, Judy Sinn, Jennie Diehl, Debra Clemmer, Diane Yoder, Christina Dorsey
October 31, 2014

This year’s Halloween Celebration was definitely a success!

October 13, 2014

Grace O’Keefe, Ph.D. candidate in Plant Pathology under the supervision of Dr. Donald D. Davis, successfully defended her thesis on October 9, 2014. “An American Perspective of Chrysanthemum White Rust Caused by Puccinia horian” is Grace’s thesis title. Big congratulations and best wishes to Grace.

(L-R) Seogchan Kang, Fred Gildow, and David Geiser
October 12, 2014

Dr. Gildow was recognized for his leadership, friendship, and mentorship at a picnic held on October 4, 2014. Despite the cold weather, more than 80 friends, colleagues, and students gathered to recognize and celebrate his career.

October 11, 2014

The United States Culture Collection Network (USCCN) met at UC-Davis (UCD) on September 24-25, 2014 to strengthen ties between microbial culture collections and microbial genomics.

October 10, 2014

Drs. Yang and Kang, along with four other Penn State faculty members, visited Fudan University in Shanghai, China, for two days (September 18-19, 2014) to develop collaborative research projects and increase student exchange.

October 9, 2014

This book provides comprehensive biological information on the many pathogens found in irrigation water, as well as the practical information needed to detect and manage these pathogens.

September 15, 2014

The laboratory of Dr. Yinong Yang recently published a research paper titled “Direct Phosphorylation and Activation of a Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase by a Calcium-Dependent Protein Kinase in Rice” in Plant Cell, a top journal in plant science.

September 15, 2014

Dr. Yinong Yang presented a talk titled “Targeted Mutation and Precise Genome Editing in Plants with CRISPR/Cas9 System” at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists held July 12-16, 2014, in Portland, Oregon.

September 5, 2014

Dr. Ken Hickey, Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology at Penn State, passed away on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at age 81.

August 21, 2014

With the upcoming retirement of Dr. Fred Gildow, Dr. Geiser has assumed the role of Head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology on an interim basis.

August 18, 2014

The Department of Plant Pathology welcomes Kathy Zimmerman in her new position as the Department's Graduate Program Support Assistant.

August 7, 2014

Dr. Kang attended the 16th International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions in Rhodes, Greece, July 6-10, 2014, and gave a talk titled “Hidden Roles of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Fungal Niche Adaptation and Plant Biology.” Approximately 1,200 from 55 countries attended this meeting and presented more than 700 posters. A diverse array of talks in plenary and concurrent sessions highlighted the latest developments in this rapidly evolving field.