Mushroom production: From art to science, Penn State's role

The public is invited to join John Pecchia, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, for a presentation, “Mushroom Production: From Art to Science,” on July 20, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., in  Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library on Penn State's University Park campus. Pecchia will discuss the history of mushroom production and detail the important contributions scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences 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.

Following the talk, from 2:30–3:30 p.m., members of the 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.

Two additional dates for campus tours include:

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

The presentation and tours 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.

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 July 16, 2013