Extension and Outreach

The latest knowledge about microorganisms translated to address the needs of Pennsylvanians.

We share the resources of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology with Pennsylvania and beyond through the dissemination of current, accurate, and research-based information. Faculty members with extension appointments are the primary delivery sources for outreach programs; however, all faculty members leverage their teaching and research programs to serve people, businesses, and institutions.

Latest Extension News

June 29, 2021

Podcast: Dr. Tree Fruit and Don - Mid-Season Concerns and Weather Station Installation

Don Seifrit, Kari Peter, Greg Krawczyk and Rob Crassweller talk about what growers should be keeping an eye on during mid-season development, including the end of periodical cicadas for 2021. They also discuss how one should go about finding a weather station to install on-farm. Special consideration is given to having a station with compatibility to the NEWA system from Cornell University: http://newa.cornell.edu/

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May 21, 2021

Podcast: Dr. Tree Fruit and Don - Thinning Advice and an Insect Extravaganza

Don Seifrit, Kari Peter, and Greg Krawczyk are joined by Dr. Jim Schupp (Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center) for the first time. Dr. Schupp is a pomology professor, and he highlights some of the most important considerations for spring thinning. Greg talks about the complex entomology issues facing PA this spring, and Kari discusses the fire blight concerns facing orchardists.

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July 21, 2020

Plant pathologist receives grant to develop disease management tools for wheat

Paul Esker, a plant pathologist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has received a $455,000 grant from the U.S Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support a five-year integrated research and extension project designed to improve management recommendations for wheat.

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May 15, 2020

Three honored for commitment to diversity in College of Agricultural Sciences

Three individuals have received the Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, an honor that recognizes distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, extension or creative work that advances diversity in the college.

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