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Lawrence Datnoff, head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, was presented the International Service Award from the American Phytopathological Society on Aug. 5 at the annual meeting in Providence, R.I.
The award recognizes outstanding contributions by society members to plant pathology in countries other than their own.
Beginning in the 1990s, Datnoff built cooperative research projects around the world, influencing governmental, academic and private organizations on regulatory policies, guidelines and cropping practices.
A pioneer in the use of elemental silicon to suppress plant diseases, Datnoff initiated silicon research programs in Colombia and Brazil with subsequent collaborations with Canada, India and Japan. In addition, he was instrumental in developing a series of world conferences addressing silicon and agriculture.
An invited speaker, visiting professor and mentor in many countries, Datnoff joined the LSU AgCenter as department head in 2008 after 20 years on the faculty at the University of Florida. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, his master’s degree from Virginia Tech and his doctorate from the University of Illinois.
(This article was published in the summer 2012 issue of Louisiana Agriculture magazine.)
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