Plant pathology group honors CFAES’s Dorrance, Paul

Two faculty members in CFAES’s Department of Plant Pathology have been honored by the American Phytopathological Society. APS, according to its website, is the premier scientific society dedicated to high-quality, innovative plant pathology research.

Anne Dorrance, a professor who specializes in soybean diseases, was elected Fellow of the society. The honor, which recognizes distinguished contributions to plant pathology or to APS, is restricted to 0.25 percent of the group’s membership in any given year.

Pierce Paul, an associate professor who works with cereal crop diseases, received the Syngenta Award, which Syngenta Crop Protection gives to an APS member for an outstanding recent contribution to teaching, research or Extension in plant pathology. Priority for the award is given to APS members who are in the first decade of their career in plant pathology.

“We’re very proud of Anne and Pierce,” said Larry Madden, acting chair of the department. “They have made many valuable contributions in research, Extension and classroom teaching. They are both clearly leaders in their field.”

The awards will be presented at the APS annual meeting on July 31 in Tampa, Florida.