APS student travel awards
Shannon Carmody (MS with Dr. Lindsey du Toit) is the recipient of the Lisa Shepherd Student Travel Award to attend the 2017 APS annual meeting. Lisa Shepherd was a seed pathologist at Iowa State University who passed away unexpectedly at age 42 from cancer. She managed the National Seed Health System for the USA.
Shannon is the first recipient of this award, which is very well suited given Shannon’s project is a seed pathology project – investigating phytosanitary measures for a fungal seedborne pathogen of brassicas, Pyrenopeziza brassicae. Shannon was selected for the award by the American Phytopathological Society Foundation Board to present a poster titled “Seed treatments to eradicate Pyrenopeziza brassicae from infected mustard (Brassica juncea) seed”. Shannon also is a co-author on a related paper that will be presented at the meeting, titled “Genetic analysis of Pyrenopeziza brassicae, cause of light leaf spot of brassicas, in the European Union, Oceania, and North America”.
John Weber (MS with Dr. Lindsey du Toit), was selected to received the 2017 APS Richard Gabrielson Student Travel Award to present a poster at the annual meeting in San Antonio, TX, titled “Effect of Contans WG and burial of sclerotia on survival of sclerotia of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in the Columbia Basin of Washington”. John recently accepted a great job opportunity as Agronomist with Walker Brother Farms in Klamath Falls, OR, so will be unable to accept the award. Dr. du Toit will be presenting at the APS meeting on behalf of John.