Figueroa Receives the Syngenta Award

June 1, 2018

Plant Pathology Assistant Professor Melania FigueroaMelania Figueroa was awarded the 2018 Syngenta Award from the American Phytopathological Society (APS). This award is given by Syngenta Crop Protection to an APS member for an outstanding recent contribution to teaching, research, or extension in plant pathology.

Figueroa's research efforts are directed towards elucidating mechanisms of pathogenicity of fungi that pose a threat to important crops such as wheat, barley, and oat. She is primarily interested in the discovery of virulence mechanisms, fungal effectors and learning about the strategies employed by these pathogens to colonize the plant. Currently, her primary focus is rust fungi, mainly Puccinia graminis, the causal agent of stem rust and Puccinia coronata, which is responsible for crown rust.

Read more about this award and Figueroa's research and teaching efforts on the APS website