2017 BSPP Best Student Paper Prizes

04 Dec 2017

The British Society for Plant Pathology has an award for the best student paper published each year its journals Plant Pathology and Molecular Plant Pathology.

To be eligible for consideration, the candidate must be the first author and the paper should be substantially the work of the first author carried out during their studentship. 

The winners each receive £250 and a year’s free membership to the British Society for Plant Pathology

Plant Pathology

The winner of the 2017 best paper prize in Plant Pathology was Daniel Farber, for his paper ‘Local dispersal of Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici from isolated source lesions’ by D. H. Farber, J. Medlock & C. C. Mundt. It was published in vol. 66 (1), 28–37, and the abstract is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ppa.12554/abstract.

This painstaking paper followed local spread of disease from single foci in three dimensions over several years and modelled lesion gradients and spore dispersal.

Molecular Plant Pathology

The winner of the 2017 best paper prize in Molecular Plant Pathology was John Ridenour, for his paper ‘The novel fungal-specific gene FUG1 has a role in pathogenicity

and fumonisin biosynthesis in Fusarium verticillioides’ by J. B. Ridenour & B. H. Bluhm. It was published in vol. 18 (4), 513–528, and the abstract is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mpp.12414/abstract.

This work identified and functionally evaluated a novel regulatory gene involved in controlling both mycotoxin production and pathogenicity in this important maize pathogen.