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David Carroll (M.S. '73), President of Giorgi Mushroom Company.
October 24, 2013

David graduated in 1973 with a M.S. degree in Plant Pathology advised by Dr. Lee Schisler. David’s thesis research resulted in the patenting of “Spawn Mate” a delayed released supplement widely used in the mushroom industry, which have produced the largest royalties to Penn State to date.

Dr. Fred Gildow (right)
October 18, 2013

Professor Fred Gildow, Head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology was inducted as a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society(APS) at the annual APS meeting held in Austin, Texas. This is the highest honor given to APS members in recognition of meritorious contributions to the discipline of plant pathology.

Dr. Marilyn Roossinck
October 10, 2013

This Sunday afternoon October 13th from 1pm-4pm, the Pasto Agricultural Museum will focus on 19th Century Foods. From her life-long interest in cooking and food preperation, Dr. Roossinck will discuss cooking methods and common ingredients used in household cooking, comparing them to modern cooking.

PPEM Symposium Organizing Committee and Speakers: Drs. John Pecchia, David Geiser, Regina Redman, Marilyn Roossinck, Rita Colwell, Mary Ann Bruns
October 4, 2013

A campus-wide interdisciplinary symposium on Environmental Microbiology sponsored by the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the Huck Institute of the Life Sciences was held on Saturday, September 28, in 100 Thomas Building.

September 27, 2013

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a dynamic individual to provide leadership and vision as Department Head.

Dr. Beth Gugino -- by: Nibil K. Mark - CDT Photo
September 27, 2013

Dr. Beth Gugino, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, and her faculty colleagues demonstrated importance and impacts of research in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Hilary Cheesman
September 1, 2013

INTAD student, Hilary Cheesman, traveled in April to Bolivia to begin research that will support the sustainability and productivity of Andean farmers. Click the link to learn more.

artwork by L. Márquez
August 29, 2013

On September 28, the Environmental Microbiology Symposium is being hosted by the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, to celebrate 50 years of Plant Pathology at Penn State, and to initiate our new expanded role in Environmental Microbiology. The symposium is a way to bring together everyone at Penn State who is interested in this topic to exchange ideas and develop potential collaborations.

Dr. Marilyn Roossinck
August 28, 2013

According to the World Food Program, over 850 million people do not have enough food to eat. In order to address this critical need, the American Academy of Microbiology gathered some of the world’s leading experts in plant-microbe interactions to discuss how microbes can help grow more food with fewer expensive inputs like fertilizer and pesticides. The result of this discussion has been compiled in a new report, “How Microbes can Help Feed the World.” This report explains why plants need microbes, the kinds of services can microbes provide, and the vital research and development investment needed to make this succeed.

Image: Penn State  The need to train farm workers in "good agricultural practices," or GAPs, will be among the issues addressed by the Food Safety Resource Center, one of three new agricultural resource centers established by Penn State and the state Depa
August 12, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Three new agricultural resource centers funded in the recently passed Pennsylvania state budget will be unveiled to the public during Ag Progress Days on Aug. 13-15 at Rock Springs.

Children looking through microscopes at fungi at Ag Progress Days. Image: Penn State Hands-on activities immerse
August 12, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Science and interactive fun are at the heart of planned educational displays and activities for youth at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15.

a female beetle, Euwallacea validus - Image: Matthew Kasson, Penn State
July 18, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Beetles with unusual "green thumbs" for growing fungi are threatening avocado crops and could transform into a more destructive pest, according to an international team of researchers.

Image: Penn State-- Pennsylvania is a major producer of fresh market mushrooms in North America.
July 15, 2013

Campus tours -- part of the 50th anniversary of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

July 5, 2013

The American Phytopathological Society (APS) recently announced the 2013 APS award recipients to be recognized at the national meeting in Austin, Texas, which will be held August 10-14 . Two Penn State Faculty in Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology will be recognized this year: Dr. Seogchan Kang and Dr. Fred Gildow.

Dr. David Carroll
June 26, 2013

David Carrroll, earned his MS degree in Plant Pathology in 1973 working with Dr. Lee Schisler. Mr. Carroll is recognized as an international leader in the business of mushroom production and is the President of Giorgi Mushroom Company (and several other companies).

Kristi Fenstermacher, PhD Candidate in Plant Pathology
June 25, 2013

Congratulations to Kristi Fenstermacher, PhD Candidate in Plant Pathology, for receiving a Storkan-Hanes-McCaslin Foundation Award for the 2013-14 academic year! Kristi will be studying population dynamics of soil-borne Fusaria; her research is supervised by Dr. David Geiser.

L-R: Dr. Fred Gildow and Dr. George Abawi, President-elect of APS
June 13, 2013

An exhibit celebrating the golden anniversary of the formation of the Department of Plant Pathology in 1963 is currently on display through September 17th in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library in 104 Paterno Library on the Penn State Campus.

May 15, 2013

You are invited to join in celebrating the Grand Opening of our 50th Anniversary Exhibit of the Department of Plant Pathology to be held on Friday, June 7 from 3:30-6:00pm in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library.