Plant Disease Clinic remains open, now accepting electronic samples

April 1, 2020

The Plant Disease Clinic remains open during the novel coronavirus pandemic to provide essential services for Pennsylvania agriculture. The clinic is operating with limited lab hours and working remotely when possible to continue identifying plant diseases and providing management recommendations.

Submit Your Questions for the Dr. TreeFruit Podcast

March 31, 2020

Dr. Kari Peter will be answering all of your early season tree fruit questions from bud break to bloom in this Tuesday, April 7, 2020 podcast. Future episodes will answer questions relevant to the time of year.

Postdoctoral scholar joins Bell lab

March 27, 2020

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology welcomes new postdoctoral scholar, William King, who joined the Bell lab earlier this month.

Penn State Extension, College of Ag Sciences 'open' virtually for business

March 25, 2020

The ever-evolving, novel coronavirus situation has prompted additional changes to Penn State Extension programming and operations across Pennsylvania, as well as other public services offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Pesticide seed coatings are widespread but underreported

March 18, 2020

Pesticide-coated seeds — such as neonicotinoids, many of which are highly toxic to both pest and beneficial insects — are increasingly used in the major field crops, but are underreported, in part, because farmers often do not know what pesticides are on their seeds, according to an international team of researchers. The lack of data may complicate efforts to evaluate the value of different pest management strategies, while also protecting human health and the environment.

Department grieves loss of Leon Kneebone

March 17, 2020

Our students, faculty and staff extend our sympathy to the family of Leon Kneebone, who made exceptional contributions to Penn State and the mushroom industry. To learn more about Mr. Kneebone, we share this insightful story written by Bill Horlacher, which appeared in StateCollege.com in May 2019.

Teaching excellence recognized in College of Agricultural Sciences

March 5, 2020

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has recognized nine faculty members for outstanding teaching in 2019.

2020 Department awards and scholarships recipients announced

March 3, 2020

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology announced its 2020 awards and scholarships recipients during their annual winter celebration on February 17 at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in State College.

Research technologist joins Hockett Lab

February 25, 2020

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology is pleased to announce the addition of Liina Eek to its staff as she assumes the position of research technologist in Hockett Lab.

Smith Passes Qualifying Exam

February 24, 2020

Congratulations to Mary for passing her qualifying exam on February 24.

What are viruses anyway, and why do they make us so sick? 5 questions answered

February 20, 2020

You may sometimes have felt like you “have come down with a virus,” meaning that you became sick from being exposed to something that could have been a virus. In fact, you have a virus – actually, many – all the time. Some viruses cause the common cold, and some are crucial to human survival. New viruses can also emerge, and they typically create illness in humans when they have very recently jumped from another species to humans. As world health leaders try to determine how to respond to the new coronavirus, virus expert Marilyn J. Roossinck answers a few questions.

President forms task force to look at student food and housing security

February 11, 2020

Food and housing insecurity is a growing issue for students at colleges and universities across the United States. Recent reports from both The Hope Center and the U.S. General Accounting Office have found these issues on college campuses nationwide. To help address this problem at Penn State, University President Eric Barron has formed a University Task Force on Food and Housing Security.

Sutherland Passes Qualifying Exam

January 27, 2020

Congratulations to Jeremy for passing his qualifying exam on January 27.

Department welcomes new building coordinator

January 24, 2020

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology is pleased to announce the addition of Janice McMahon to its staff as she assumes the position of building coordinator.

Aleman Passes Qualifying Exam

January 21, 2020

Congratulations to Max for passing his qualifying exam on January 21.

Fire blight publication featured in American Society for Microbiology podcast

January 15, 2020

A publication from the lab of Timothy McNellis, associate professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, was recently featured on “This Week in Microbiology,” a podcast produced by the American Society for Microbiology.

Bautista Jalón successfully defends thesis

December 19, 2019

Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón successfully defended her thesis on December 18, 2019.

Interdisciplinary lecture cultivates collaboration, leadership in plant health

December 18, 2019

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences held its inaugural Eva J. Pell Interdisciplinary Lecture on Plant Health on Dec. 9. The topic for this year’s lecture — “Where do Abiotic and Biotic Stress Overlap?” — focused on research that could mitigate the impacts of climate change on abiotic and biotic stress in plants.

August 2020 graduate assistantships now available

December 12, 2019

Plant Pathology Graduate Research Assistantships beginning August 2020 are now available for highly-qualified applicants.

Mainello successfully defends thesis

December 12, 2019

Amanda Mainello successfully defended her thesis on December 11, 2019.

Inaugural interdisciplinary lecture to address abiotic, biotic health in plants

December 5, 2019

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at Penn State will host an inaugural lecture on research that could help mitigate the impacts of climate change on abiotic and biotic stress in plants.

Zhao successfully defends thesis

December 2, 2019

Kaixi Zhao successfully defended her thesis on November 26, 2019.

Diseases and Wildlife

November 25, 2019

In the 6th episode of the Reach podcast, we discuss diseases in wildlife. We joined Dr. Kurt Vandegrift in the field to learn how research is conducted using ticks and mice, and how he is trying to prevent the next big epidemic. Next, we speak with Dr. Marilyn Roossinck about white-nose syndrome and it is endangering little brown bats.

World War II paratrooper with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star talks about the war

November 25, 2019

On Dec. 4, 1944, in the jungles of the Philippines during World War II, Penn State alumnus Leon Kneebone, now age 99, found himself leading a platoon of 50 to 60 men on a scouting mission to help locate the Japanese position. With two of these soldiers working as scouts, picking their way through the terrain on the island of Leyte, the group moved very slowly up a hill, surveying their surroundings for any possible signs of the enemy.

Penn State research projects awarded USDA organic agriculture grants

November 15, 2019

Three organic-agriculture projects led by faculty members in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have received grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The funding, totaling more than $1.3 million, was awarded through USDA-NIFA's Organic Transitions Program.

Penn State's Latinx Agricultural Network aims to help Latinx members of PA's agriculture industry

November 15, 2019

Emma Rosenthal and Ilsa Huerta, both graduate students in the College of Agricultural Sciences, began working together in 2017 because of a shared realization.

Castro Passes Qualifying Exam

November 12, 2019

Congratulations to Johanny for passing his qualifying exam on November 8.

Martin Passes Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam

November 11, 2019

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Phillip L Martin for passing his comprehensive examination.

Hsieh-Feng Passes Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam

November 8, 2019

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Vicki Hsieh-Feng for passing her comprehensive examination.

Blooms and Shrooms Club reveals new world at Penn State

October 29, 2019

Since its founding in 2016, the Blooms and Shrooms Club has organized a wide variety of fun, engaging activities designed to educate members and the public about the plants, plant diseases, mushrooms and fungi that populate the natural world.