The American Phytopathological Society (APS) has named Cornell’s Margery Daughtrey as an APS Fellow Recipient. The society grants this honor to a current APS member in recognition of distinguished contributions to plant pathology or to The American Phytopathological Society.
Daughtrey is nominated for her exceptional contributions to her stakeholders, her professional society and the science and practice of plant pathology. As stated in the citation from the APS, she is considered the most prominent and influential ornamentals pathologist in the United States.
Daughtrey is noted for her impressive lecture schedule, publication record and passion for her subject matter.
“Several contacted colleagues expressed the view that anyone contemplating a career in outreach would profit more from a week spent observing Margery in the field, and trying to keep up with her, than from any amount of time in a lecture hall,” the citation says.
As a diagnostician, Daughtrey was a critical source for information on issues like Chrysanthemum White Rust, Southern Wilt, Ralstonia, Xanthamonas and the current outbreak of Impatiens Downy Mildew.
“Whenever faced with new disease problems, Daughtrey has conducted original research, developed strong collaborations, and provided growers with effective management tools,” the citation states.
“This is a really special award and it means a lot to me,” Daughtrey says. “It’s terrific that work on the diseases of ornamentals has received this recognition. It’s not only soybeans and corn that need the attention of plant pathologists!”