This fellowship is created by Richard and Marcia Morrison. Plant pathology has become increasingly important to the domestic and international seed trade, contributing to improved seed quality, the productivity of seed crops and the lessening of economic risks and losses from field-borne and seed-borne pathogens. Richard spent 35 years as a plant pathologist in the seed industry, the last 20 years focused on vegetable seed production and seed health. He has experienced firsthand the value of applied plant pathology in helping seed companies and their seed grower partners produce consistently healthy, high quality seed crops. Accomplishing this requires the cooperative efforts of public scientists, seed company personnel, and seed growers in developing practical solutions for the control of diseases of continuing concern, and in meeting the challenges of diseases that will undoubtedly arise in the future.
Having worked in the major vegetable seed producing areas of the Western US, including the Skagit Valley, Richard has met and cooperated with many plant scientists, including WSU plant pathologists. Thus, there is a high degree of confidence in the competence of the scientists and quality of research being done at the WSU Mt. Vernon Research Center in vegetable seed production.
Fellowships to graduate students studying plant pathology at WSU Mount Vernon, interested in applying current and emerging technologies to further improve vegetable seed health, quality and seed crop productivity. Preference shall go to a student interested in vegetable seed production and seed health.