Researchers in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology working in the area of Plant Disease Management.

  • Department Head, Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
  • Professor of Plant Pathology and Systematic Bacteriology
  • Director, Penn State Microbiome Center

Areas of Expertise

  • Phytobacteriology
  • Translational Taxonomy
  • Systematic Bacteriology
  • Biological Control
  • Sustainable and Organic Agriculture
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Department Head 2005-2008

Areas of Expertise

  • Plant Pathology
  • Fungal Genetics
  • Plant Breeding
  • Associate Research Professor
  • Director, Southeast Agricultural Research & Extension Center

Areas of Expertise

  • Corn Disease
  • Soybean Disease
  • Wheat Disease
  • Hemp Production
  • Field Crops Disease Management
  • Assistant Professor of Soilborne Disease Dynamics and Management

Areas of Expertise

  • Fungal ecology and evolution
  • Soil & plant microbiome response to stress
  • Biological management of fungal & oomycete pathogens
  • Soil health and disease modeling
  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Field Crop Pathology

Areas of Expertise

  • Integrated management of field crop diseases
  • Plant disease epidemiology
  • Statistical methods for the agricultural sciences
  • Professor of Mycology
  • Director, Fusarium Research Center

Areas of Expertise

  • Fusarium and Aspergillus
  • Fungal genetics
  • Fungal systematics and evolution
  • Fungal plant and animal pathogens
  • Professor of Vegetable Pathology
  • Director of Graduate Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Integrated vegetable disease management
  • Plant pathogen diagnosis
  • Disease monitoring and forecasting
  • Sustainable crop production
  • Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Aerobiology
  • Food security
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Associate Professor
  • Coordinator and Adviser of the Minor in Plant Pathology

Areas of Expertise

  • Population biology
  • Ecology of plant-associated microorganisms
  • Fusarium and Verticillium wilts
  • Associate Research Professor, Tree Fruit Pathology

Areas of Expertise

  • Apple and pear diseases
  • Peach, cherry, other stone fruit diseases
  • Integrated tree fruit disease management
  • Associate Research Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Potato
  • Potato diseases
  • Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Epidemiology and management of turfgrass diseases
  • Population biology of turfgrass pathogens
  • Host defense response in turfgrass pathosystem
  • Chemical control of turfgrass diseases
  • Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular plant-microbe interactions
  • Disease resistance and abiotic stress tolerance
  • Functional genomics and biotechnology
  • Genome editing and engineering
  • Rice and mushroom precision breeding
  • Gene-edited and genetically modified organisms