In recognition of scholastic achievements, leadership, and future promise in your field, WSU Mt. Vernon has awarded Alex Batson the Seed Production Pathology and Seed Health Fellowship for the current fall semester. The fellowship is funded from a donation by Richard and Marcia Morrison. Richard spent 35 years as a plant pathologist in the seed industry.
As a student at WSU, Alex is studying effector genes in Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. spinaciae, the causal agent of Fusarium wilt of spinach, in Lindsey du Toit’s program at the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC. He started as a time-slip employee in this program in spring 2017, and enrolled as an MS student in fall semester of 2017. Congratulations!