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Weed Science Society of America Recognizes Contributions

During the Weed Science Society of America’s (WSSA) annual meeting this past week in Lexington, Kentucky, more than 24 individuals were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the industry.
Of the individuals recognized, Douglas Sammons, a senior fellow with Monsanto, received one of two Fellow Awards — the association’s highest honor. Sammons leads a team studying the biochemical characterizations of glyphosate resistance mechanisms. He previously led an insecticidal protein discovery team and participated in registering Bollgard.
According to WSSA, Sammons also blazed trails as a member of the herbicide design team exploring the chemical mechanisms of EPSPS (5-enolpyruvyl-shikimate synthase) and the enzymology of glyphosate. His stewardship activities include work on Roundup Ready products, as well as hosting students and postdoctoral scientists studying glyphosate resistance. In 2010, he was awarded Monsanto’s Science and Technology Career Award.
“We were delighted to honor scientists who are spearheading innovations and advancing the weed science profession through their research, teaching, publishing and outreach,” says Joe DiTomaso, WSSA president.
Sammons was also presented with an Outstanding Reviewer Award for his review of scientific papers prior to their publication.