Plant Pathology Department heads campus tour

Throughout the summer, the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology will be celebrating its 50-year anniversary with a number of special events and an exhibit, "Healthy Plants for a Healthy World: 50 Years of Plant Pathology at Penn State,”  on display through Sept. 17, in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library, Penn State University Park.

The public is invited to tour campus from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on June 22, for a walking tour, beginning in the exhibit area, in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library.

Additional events include:

• June 29, 1:30–2:30 p.m., “Phytophthora, the plant pathogen,” Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

Beth Gugino, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, will talk about Phytophthora, the plant pathogen that won't go away. Phytophthora infestans is the plant pathogen that precipitated the Irish potato famine and devastated potato crops in northern Europe in the mid- to late-1800s, and its study led directly to the establishment of plant pathology as a science. This pathogen, which devastated tomato plants throughout eastern North America in 2009, has changed American history and continues to threaten crops worldwide.

2:30–3:30 p.m., Campus plant tour

• July 17, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Campus plant tour, meet in exhibit area, The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library

• July 20, 1:30–2:30 p.m., “Mushroom production: from art to science,” Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

John Pecchia, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, will discuss the history of mushroom production and detail the important contributions Penn State scientists have made and continue to make to mushroom production as well as Pennsylvania’s role as the major producer of fresh market mushrooms in North America.

2:30–3:30 p.m., Campus plant tour

• July 24, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Campus plant tour, meet in exhibit area, The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library

• Aug. 24, 1:30–2:30 p.m., “Plants get sick too!” Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

Frederick Gildow, department head in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, will discuss the successful efforts made by Penn State and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture scientists to save peach production in Pennsylvania from the devastating plant disease, Plum Pox Virus.

For more information or for questions about the physical access provided, contact Jackie Esposito at jxe2@psu.edu or 814-863-3791 or Gary Moorman at gmoorman@psu.edu or 814-863-7401.

 

 

Last Updated June 20, 2013