08/14/2012 12:12 PM
BATON ROUGE – Lawrence E. Datnoff, professor and head of the LSU Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology, recently received the American Phytopathological Society, or APS, International Service Award.
Datnoff formally accepted the honor at the group’s annual society meetings on Aug. 5 in Providence, R.I.
The award recognizes outstanding contributions to plant pathology by APS members for countries other than their own. Contributions may have been made through collaborative projects, sabbaticals or short- and long-term assignments with educational or governmental agencies including, but not limited to, international centers and research institutes.
“I was thrilled to be so honored by my scientific society with this prestigious award,” Datnoff said.
Datnoff, who joined the LSU College of Agriculture and LSU AgCenter in 2008, is a renowned pioneer in the use of elemental silicon to suppress plant diseases. In the 1990s, he initiated silicon research programs in Colombia and Brazil, with subsequent collaborations with Canada, India and Japan Over two decades, he has built cooperative research projects throughout the world, influencing governmental, academic and private entities, informing regulatory policies and guidelines, and redirecting cropping practices. He conceived and inspired a series of silicon and agriculture world conferences. He has been an invited speaker, visiting professor and mentor in many countries. He remains actively involved in APS and continues his service to plant pathology, leadership and encouragement of students worldwide.
The award also features a cash prize, a portion of which is to be designated to the international program of the recipient’s choice. Funding for this prize is made possible from the John and Ann Niederhauser Endowment, or JANE, Fund.
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012