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College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

Faculty Member to Receive Award

Congratulations to Dr. Lindsey du Toit, Associate Professor in the department and located at NWREC, Mount Vernon. She was selected to receive the Syngenta Award from the American Phytopathologcal Society. This award is given by Syngenta Crop Protection to an APS member for an outstanding recent contribution to teaching, research, or extension in plant pathology. Dr. du Toit will be recognized at a special awards ceremony during the APS annual meeting this August in Austin, TX.

 Dr. Lindsey du ToitDr. du Toit made outstanding contributions toward the biology, epidemiology, and management of a wide array of fungal, viral, and bacterial diseases of small-seeded vegetable seed crops grown in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) of the US. Vegetable seed crops grown in this region provide 20-100% of the US supply and 10-50% of the world supply of seed for about 30 different small-seeded vegetables, sold to >50 countries. The international nature of the global seed industry necessitates the production of high quality, pathogen-free seed. Dr. du Toit has obtained stature as one of the world’s leading vegetable seed pathologists, with an impressive record of helping stakeholders and working cooperatively with industry partners in addressing and solving disease problems of a multitude of seed crops. As a result of her work, growers of vegetable and vegetable seed crops are better able to manage plant diseases, and her on-going studies hold great promise for further solutions to vegetable seed producers throughout the world.  Her breadth of experience in plant disease diagnosis, understanding of agronomic aspects of vegetable seed crop production, numerous collaborations, and excellent rapport with growers represent a classic extension approach which makes her a highly respected research and extension plant pathologist.

Dr. du Toit has published more than 45 refereed articles, 12 non-refereed articles, 6 book chapters, 57 abstracts, 42 technical articles, 14 extension bulletins, 45 proceedings articles, 28 newsletter and popular periodical articles, and 5 on-line articles, images or websites. She has delivered 73 invited presentations, 92 vegetable and seed pathology presentations, 25 general plant pathology and pesticide education presentations, >40 Master Gardener presentations, and >89 Extension-style workshops, field days, and tours.  Dr. du Toit also served as chair of the organizing committees for the 2009 International Spinach Conference and the 2010 International Carrot Conference, and has helped organize various other regional, national, and international conferences.

Dr. du Toit was recipient of Alfred Christianson Endowed Professorship (2001-14), Robert MacDonald Vegetable Seed Memorial Fund (2003-05, 2008-11); APS Pacific Division Early Career Award (2006); and WSU Kenneth J. Morrison Extension Award (2009).


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