BSPP Best Student Paper Prize


This is an award made for the best 'student paper' published in each of the Society's 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 postgraduate studentship. Normally, papers are eligible for consideration if submitted up to 12 months after the candidate has been awarded their higher degree. An indication from the authors that the paper is eligible for consideration for this award should be indicated when the manuscript is submitted.

Criteria used to judge the best paper are a combination of scholarship, impact and novelty. The final decision is made by the Senior Editor of Plant Pathology and the Editor-in Chief of Molecular Plant Pathology. The author of the best paper in each journal is awarded a prize of £250 and free membership of the Society for one year.


2016 Winner for for Plant Pathology: Anna Harris, for her paper 'Sporulation potential, symptom expression and detection of Phytophthora ramorum on larch needles and other foliar hosts' by Anna Harris and Joan Webber. Vol. 65 (9), 1441-1451. Abstract...

2016 Winner for Molecular Plant Pathology: Megan Cohn for her paper 'Comparison of gene activation by two TAL effectors from Xanthomonas axonopodis reveals candidate host susceptibility genes in cassava' by Megan Cohn, Robert Morbitzer, Thomas Lahaye and Brian J. Staskawicz. Vol.17 (6), 875-889. Abstract...


2015 Winner for for Plant Pathology: Stuart Fraser, of the University of Aberdeen (UK) for "Intraspecific variation in susceptibility to dothistroma needle blight within native Scottish Pinus sylvestris", S. Fraser, A. V. Brown and S. Woodward - This paper is published in volume 64, pages 864-870. Doi 10.1111/ppa.12320. Abstract...

2015 Winner for Molecular Plant Pathology: Damian Cambiagno of the National University of Cordoba, Argentina for his paper: "The synthetic cationic lipid diC14 activates a sector of the Arabidopsis defence network requiring endogenous signalling components" Damian Alejandro Cambiagno, Caroline Lonez, Jean-Marie Ruysschaert and Maria Elena Alvarez - This paper is published in Volume 16 issue 9, pages 963-972, December 2015 - Abstract...


2014 Winner for for Plant Pathology: G N Hill for his paper "Use of nitrate non-utilizing (nit) mutants to determine phenological stages at which Botrytis cinerea infects wine grapes causing botrytis bunch rot." Plant Pathology 63(6): 1316-1325. Abstract...

2014 Winner for Molecular Plant Pathology: Maria Torres for her paper "Evidence for a diffusible factor that induces susceptibility in the Colletotrichum maize disease interaction" Molecular Plant Pathology 15, 80-93. Abstract...


2013 Winner for for Plant Pathology: Belkis Hamed, University of Basel, Switzerland, for the paper 'Generation of pathogenic F1 progeny from crosses of Phytophthora infestans isolates differing in ploidy', B. H. Hamed & U. Gisi, Plant Pathology 62, 708-718. Abstract...

2013 Winner for for Molecular Plant Pathology: Lei Feng, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China for the paper 'Inhibition of in vivo Slicer activity of Argonaute protein 1 by the viral 2b protein independent of its dsRNA-binding function'. Feng L, Cheng-Guo Duan and Hui-Shan Guo. Molecular Plant Pathology 14, 617-622. Abstract...


2012 Winner for for Plant Pathology: Timothy Miles, University of Idaho, USA for his paper 'Evaluation of screening methods and fruit composition in relation to anthracnose fruit rot resistance in blueberries': Miles TD, Hancock JF, Callow P, Schilder AMC. Plant Pathology 61, 555-566. Abstract...

2012 Winner for for Molecular Plant Pathology: Emmanuel Ogwok from National Crops Resources Research Institute, Namulonge, Kampala, Uganda for his paper 'Transgenic RNA interference (RNAi)-derived field resistance to cassava brown streak disease'. Ogwok E, Odipio J, Halsey M, Gaitan-Solis E, Bua A, Taylor NJ, Fauquet CM, Alicai T, 2012. Molecular Plant Pathology online. Abstract...


2011 Winner for for Plant Pathology: Anton Hansjakob, University of Wuerzburg, Germany for his paper 'Wax matters: absence of very-long-chain aldehydes from the leaf cuticular wax of the glossy11 mutant of maize compromises the prepenetration processes of Blumeria graminis': Hansjakob A, Riederer M, Hildebrandt U, 2011. Plant Pathology 60, 1151-1161. Abstract...

2011 Winner for for Molecular Plant Pathology: Helen Neale (Nee Lovell), University of the West of England, UK for her paper 'In planta conditions induce genomic changes in Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola': Lovell HC, Jackson RW, Mansfield JW, Godfrey SAC, Hancock JT, Desikan R, Arnold DL, 2011. Molecular Plant Pathology 12, 167-176. Abstract...


2010 Winner for for Plant Pathology: Anastasija Chomic, Lincoln University, New Zealand for her paper 'A generic RT-PCR assay for the detection of Luteoviridae': A. Chomič, M. N. Pearson, G. R. G. Clover, K. Farreyrol, D. Saul, J. G. Hampton and K. F. Armstrong. Abstract...

2010 Winner for for Molecular Plant Pathology: Mathias Blum, Syngenta Crop Protection AG, Switzerland for his paper: Mandipropamid targets the cellulose synthase-like PiCesA3 to inhibit cell wall biosynthesis in the oomycete plant pathogen, Phytophthora infestans': Blum M, Boehler M, Randall E, Young V, Csukai M, Kraus S, Moulin F, Scalliet G, Avrova AO, Whisson SC, Fonne-Pfister R, 2010. Abstract...


2009 Winner for for Plant Pathology: Alison Bentley, University of Sydney, Australia for her paper 'Spatial aggregation in Fusarium pseudograminearum populations from the Australian grain belt': A. R. Bentley, M. G. Milgroom, J. F. Leslie, B. A. Summerell, L. W. Burgess. Abstract...

2009 Winner for for Molecular Plant Pathology: Pieter van Poppel, Wageningen University, The Netherlands for his paper: Recognition of Phytophthora infestans Avr4 by potato R4 is triggered by C-terminal domains comprising W motifs. Pieter M. J. A. van Poppel, Rays H. Y. Jiang, Jadwiga Śliwka, Francine Govers. Abstract...


2008 Winner for Plant Pathology: Abdullah Al-Sa'di, College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman for his paper: 'Genetic diversity, aggressiveness and metalaxyl sensitivity of Pythium aphanidermatum populations infecting cucumber in Oman':  Al-Sa'di A. M., Drenth A., Deadman M. L. and Aitken E. A. B.  Abstract...

2008 Winner for Molecular Plant Pathology: Burt Bluhm, University of Arkansas, USA for his paper: 'Involvement of ZFR1 of Fusarium verticillioides in kernel colonization and the regulation of FST1, a putative sugar transporter gene required for fumonisin biosynthesis on maize kernels': B. H. Bluhm, H. Kim, R. A. E. Butchko and C. P. Woloshuk. Abstract...


2007 Winner for Plant Pathology: Natalie Wuyts, Catholic University of Leuven for her paper:
Potential physical and chemical barriers to infection by the burrowing nematode Radopholus similis in roots of susceptible and resistant banana (Musa spp.) N. Wuyts, G. Lognay, M. Verscheure, M. Marlier, D. De Waele and R. Swennen. Abstract...

2007 Winner for Molecular Plant Pathology: Reza Shafiei, University of Edinburgh for his paper:
Identification of loci controlling non-host disease resistance in Arabidopsis against the leaf rust pathogen Puccinia triticina. Reza Shafiei, Cui Hang, Jeong-Gu Kang and Gary J. Loake. Abstract...