GRDC honours Cereal Pathologist

Dr Steven Simpfendorfer has won the prestigious 2009 Grains and Research Development Corporation (GRDC) northern regions Seed of Light Award.

Steven, based at Tamworth NSW, has played a major role in researching cereal diseases - including the northern grain regions' number one enemy, crown rot - and communicating with growers and advisors.

James Clark, GRDC northern panel chair presented the award at the GRDC Advisor Update at Goondiwindi.

Steven's research interests include integrated disease management in winter cereals, incorporation of crown rot resistance in durum wheat, and extension of disease management options in the northern region.

His current work includes conducting a research program relating to the management of fusarium of diseases of barley and wheat in northern farming systems, and extending findings to support growers and agronomists in understanding and managing crown rot and other winter cereal diseases.