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In August of 2015, associate professor of plant science Melissa Mitchum was presented the American Phytopathological Society’s 2015 Syngenta Award for her outstanding contributions to teaching, research and extension in plant pathology.

As much of a privilege it was to receive the award, Mitchum was equally honored to have been nominated for the distinguished award by her colleagues.

Mitchum received a $1,500 honorarium from Syngenta Corp Protection as well.

Since coming to MU in 2003, Mitchum has focused her research on the molecular basis of plant-nematode interactions, taking an emphasis on the interaction between the soybean cyst nematode and the soybean itself.

“I have been blessed to have fantastic mentors, wonderful and supportive colleagues, and outstanding staff, students and post-docs throughout my career,” Mitchum said. “Non of these research discoveries would have been possible without them.”

APS recognized Mitchum specifically for her “multiple significant discoveries that have resulted in seminal publications within the discipline of plant nematology- they represent exceptional professional achievements for an individual at this stage of her career.”

More information regarding the award can be found on the American Phytopathological Society’s website.