Students to present research on weed control and pest protection in crops

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Students to present research on weed control and pest protection in crops

Two Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology students at Fresno State recently received honors for their plant science research and academic excellence.

Sarah Parry, a plant health senior, was one of five students nationally named a Greenfield Scholar by the American Society of Agronomy and the International Certified Crop Advisor program. The program supports outstanding undergraduates who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation and pursue certifications as crop advisers or professional agronomists.

This summer the Sonora native is working in Tulare as part of the University of California Cooperative Extension, assisting on trials on small grains, cotton and weed control.

Parry also recently received the Golden Opportunity Award with Fresno State senior Julie Pedraza from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America.

The program supports travel to its annual conference Nov. 15-18 in Minneapolis that will include 7,000 scientists, professionals, educators and students. Award recipients will be matched with professionals to help develop leaders.

Parry and Pedraza will present a poster detailing the ways the Fresno State Plant Health Society has connected students with area professionals through lectures, internships and other events.

Parry will also present results of her research on weed-free periods in organic lettuce production. Pedraza will make a separate presentation detailing her research on how grapevines, citrus and ornamental plants react and defend against the glassy-winged sharpshooter pest and its eggs.

They will also be among 10 Fresno State students attending the American Phytopathology Society’s annual conference Aug. 1-5 in Pasadena – Fresno State’s first group of undergraduate attendees.