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DuPont Pioneer Researchers Recognized for Developing Game-Changing Trait

Igor Falak and Winnie McNabb Honoured by the Canadian Phytopathological Society

CHATHAM, June 19, 2013 – DuPont Pioneer congratulates Igor Falak and Winnie McNabb, recipients of the Canadian Phytopathological Society’s (CPS) award for Achievement in Plant Disease Management. Dr. Falak and Ms. McNabb, research scientists with DuPont Pioneer, have devoted the last 20 years of their careers to developing a sclerotinia-resistant trait in canola.

“It has been a difficult target because of canola genetics, the nature of the disease and its dependence on weather conditions,” said Dr. Falak,. “We are thrilled to provide canola growers with better management options and it is an honour to be recognized by our peers for doing so.”

Sclerotinia stem rot, also known as white mould, is one of the most devastating diseases in canola production. Growers can protect their crop with a product like Pioneer® hybrid 45S52, which provides a sclerotinia disease resistance trait that offers growers over a 50 percent reduction of sclerotinia in their canola crop.

The pair accepted their award at the CPS annual meeting and award ceremony, hosted at the Matrix Hotel in Edmonton last night.

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