The public is invited to join Beth Gugino, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on June 29, for a presentation, “Phytophthora, the plant pathogen that won't go away,” in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.
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.
Following the talk from 2:30–3:30 p.m., members of plant pathology and environmental microbiology department will lead a walking tour of campus, highlighting the common diseases of trees, shrubs, and ground covers, what causes them, and how they can be managed.
The presentation and tour are special events of the 50th anniversary of the beginnings of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, being celebrated with 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.