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Canadian weed scientists honoured

Mar. 26, 2014 - The Canadian Weed Science Society/Société canadienne de malherbologie (CWSS/SCM) recently honoured several individuals for their extraordinary contributions to the field of weed science. The awards were presented during the organization's annual meeting, held this year in Vancouver, BC.

Fellow Award. CWSS/SCM presented the Fellow Award –- its highest recognition -– to Dr. Neil Harker, a researcher with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at Lacombe, Alta. Harker is best known for his research in the areas of integrated weed management, competitive crop stands, weed ecology, and canola production and sustainability. Harker has conveyed the results of his research through 165 scientific journal papers and 13 book chapters. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where he co-supervises graduate students and gives guest lectures.

Excellence in Weed Science Award. CWSS/SCM honoured Dr. Darren Robinson, a member of the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph. Robinson's research focuses on integrated control strategies in conventional and reduced tillage systems for vegetable crops. Robinson also coordinated the Horticulture Diploma at Ridgetown from 2004 to 2009, and currently teaches several graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Guelph. Robinson has published 69 peer-reviewed manuscripts, authored or co-authored three book chapters, supervised and co-supervised 12 graduate students, and presented 60 refereed papers at scientific conferences.

Excellence in Weed Extension Award. CWSS/SCM honoured Ken Sapsford, a Research Assistant with the weed science program at the University of Saskatchewan. Sapsford has been heavily involved in extension to agronomists and growers at the University of Saskatchewan since 2000. Sapsford's research contributions include authoring or co-authoring five peer-reviewed manuscripts, 66 conference and workshop proceedings, 20 technical reports to industry, 106 extensions presentations, and over 65 media interviews.

Student scholarships and travel awards were also presented. READ MORE.