Sports Turf Research Institute selects top plant-protection students

A rising star in sports-turf innovation has been named one of the top three candidates to sit a nationally recognised plant-protection test.

Megan Hood, a former agronomist for Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI), romped home in the exams before returning to her native New Zealand recently.

STRI representative Anne Wilson said: "All our advisers do the BASIS exam to ensure they give accurate and appropriate advice on pests, weeds and diseases."

Training is handled by STRI head of turfgrass protection Dr Ruth Mann. Students undertake 16 days of lectures, a written exam and an oral exam.

Also in the top three were Sam Harvey, a farm manager with Velcourt in Wiltshire, and John Miles of KWS UK.

Miles came top, winning the Barrie Orme Award, the first time a winner was drawn from the plant-breeding sector.

The awards were supported by Agricultural Industries Confederation, C&J Supplies and Nufarm UK.

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