Former PPEM department head, Dr. Barbara Christ, recently spotlighted by alma mater for her M.S. Degree.

March 2, 2018

This is a nice reminder of why we will be celebrating her career with an upcoming retirement party on JUNE 16, 2018 (SAVE THE DATE). Announcements and instructions for registering for the event will be published here shortly.

Natali Ozber selected for the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award

February 28, 2018

Natali Ozber Plant Biology PhD candidate and PPEM student was selected for the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award from the Penn State Graduate School.

Graduate Assistantships Now Available for Fall 2018

February 15, 2018

Plant Pathology Graduate Research Assistantships are available for highly-qualified applicants. Apply by December 15 for full funding consideration.

Plant pathology students reap benefits of research opportunities

February 14, 2018

Helping undergraduate students understand scientific knowledge through participation in research is a top priority for faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Teaching microbiome data analysis through student involvement in actual faculty research projects (PPEM 497)

February 12, 2018

Report from 2017-18 Teaching Transformation and Innovation Grant recipient Terrence Bell, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Unique cohort will support student exploration of agricultural microbiomes

February 9, 2018

Faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are spearheading an initiative that will provide selected doctoral students with the opportunity for extensive study in the emerging field of agricultural microbiome research.

Zhao Passes Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam

December 20, 2017

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Kaixi Zhao for passing her comprehensive examination on December 20.

Martin Passes Oral Candidacy Exam

December 8, 2017

Congratulations to Phillip Martin who passed his doctoral oral candidacy exam on December 8.

Researchers Receive $950,000 to Develop Pest Controls for Organic Mushrooms

December 6, 2017

Dr. David Beyer is principal investigator on grant to develop organic management options for three most challenging mushroom pests.

Rosenthal Passes Oral Candidacy Exam

December 5, 2017

Congratulations to Emma Rosenthal who passed her oral candidacy exam on December 5.

Ozber Awarded CAS Graduate Student Competitive Grant

December 1, 2017

Natali Özber's proposal was selected for funding by College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Competitive Grants Program.

Stephens Recognized for Outstanding Leadership by Penn State Ag Council

November 30, 2017

Jon Stephens, Plant Pathology minor, receives Penn State Agricultural Council's Youth Leadership Award.

Phospholutions Selected for Innovation Showcase on Capitol Hill

November 20, 2017

PPEM alumni Hunter Swisher and Ben Nason recognized at first Penn State Innovation Showcase on Capitol Hill.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistantships Funding Awarded

November 17, 2017

Drs. Terrence Bell and Kevin Hockett were awarded funding from the Strategic Networks and Initiatives Program on November 17.

Jim Travis: Fruit Specialist by Trade, Grower by Passion

November 14, 2017

Professor Emeritus Dr. James Travis grows organic apples, peaches, and pears in Adams County, PA.

We Are...Entering the Golf Business

November 10, 2017

Penn State turf network helps PPEM 2016 alumnus and entrepreneur Hunter Swisher launch Phospholutions.

Mercado Leads Adult Learners of Penn State Club

November 6, 2017

B.S. student Melissa Mercado is President of Adult Learners of Penn State and models for family and fellow students persevering hard work.

College of Agricultural Sciences Department Head Honored by Alma Mater

November 1, 2017

Dr. Carolee Bull was recognized for her professional achievements by her alma mater, Ohio University, during a ceremony in Athens, Ohio, on October 27.

John McDowell Visits PPEM

October 31, 2017

Dr. John M. McDowell, Professor at Virginia Tech, visited PPEM October 29-31 as a student-invited colloquium speaker.

Kira Bowen Given College of Ag Outstanding Alumni Award

October 25, 2017

Merrill Lab alumna Dr. Kira Bowen was presented the Outstanding Alumni Award by the College of Agricultural Sciences on October 25.

Lindsay Triplett Visits PPEM

October 24, 2017

Dr. Lindsay Triplett from The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station visited PPEM October 22-24.

Microbiome Center Presentations to Explore Art and Science Collaborations

October 24, 2017

The Microbiome Research Center's November mini-symposium will show how artists and scientists can work together to forge a better understanding of the world.

Martins Presents at SACNAS 2017 Annual Meeting

October 21, 2017

Dr. Samuel Martins presented at the 2017 conference, which took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 19-21.

Safari Successfully Defends Dissertation

October 16, 2017

Ph.D. candidate Maliheh Safari successfully defended her dissertation on October 16.

PPA Announces Oyster Mushroom Kit Fundraiser

October 11, 2017

The Plant Pathology Association (PPA) offers oyster mushroom grow-kits to raise funds to send PPEM graduate students to conferences. Pre-order by October 18.

Manan Sharma Visits PPEM

October 9, 2017

Dr. Manan Sharma, Research Microbiologist at USDA-ARS, visited PPEM October 8-9.

New High-Throughput Sequencing Technologies Uncover a World of Interacting Microorganisms

October 5, 2017

PPEM scientists are among those at the forefront of microbiome research.

Carolyn Malmstrom Visits PPEM

October 3, 2017

Dr. Carolyn Malmstrom, Associate Professor of Plant Biology at Michigan State, visited PPEM October 1-3.

Tree-of-Heaven's Prolific Seed Production Adds to Invasive Potential

October 2, 2017

Drs. Davis and alumnus Kasson report on Ailanthus tree lifespan and seed viability in current issue of Forests.

Geiser and Kang Receive $1.2 Million to Study, Catalog Fusarium Fungi

October 2, 2017

Drs. David Geiser and Seogchan Kang receive National Science Foundation grant for first new synthesis of taxonomy for Fusarium in 30 years.