Whittled down from a shortlist of 20 applications, the two winners are:
Benjamin Langendorf of the Department of Biology, University of York, who is studying the pre-colonisation of strawberry planting materials with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to improve transplant growth and tolerance to soil-borne pathogens. He plans to use his award to attend the International Conference on Mycorrhiza at the Northern Arizona University.
Idowu Joseph Rotifa of the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Rural College, who is working on an HDC-funded project on novel approaches for the management of leaf and bud nematodes in hardy nursery stock. He plans to use his award to help fund a study visit to nematode specialists in Ohio, North Carolina and Georgia.