Congratulations to Peter Sikkema who earlier this week received the Weed Science Society of America "Fellow" Award - their highest recognition. The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) honored nearly three dozen individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field of weed science. The awards were presented during the organization’s annual meeting, held in Vancouver.
The Weed Science Society of America promotes research, education and extension outreach activities related to weeds, provides science-based information to the public and policy makers, fosters awareness of weeds and their impact on managed and natural ecosystems, and promotes cooperation among weed science organizations across the nation and around the world.
The citation for the Award states that “During his career, Peter has published 182 peer-reviewed manuscripts and was an author on 86 oral and 97 poster presentations at scientific conferences. Peter has supervised 14 graduate students. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Weed Science Society (CWSS), North Central Weed Science Society (NCWSS), and the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). Peter was the President of the CWSS in 2011. Peter has received the following awards: In 2006, the “Excellence in Weed Science” award from the CWSS; in 2007, the ”Teaching Award of Merit” certificate from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture; in 2008, the “Fellow” award from the Canadian Society of Agronomy; in 2009, the “T. R. Hilliard Distinguished Agricultural Extension” award from the Ontario Agricultural College Alumni Foundation; in 2010, the Distinguished Achievement Award – Research” from the NCWSS; and in 2012, the “Fellow” Award from the CWSS and the “Fellow” Award from the NCWSS.
Peter's research program focuses on the development of precision weed management programs in corn, soybean, edible bean and cereals to improve the level of weed control, reduce crop injury, increase crop yield and maximize net returns to Ontario producers.