Scientist recognised as award finalist


Toowoomba-based scientist Kristen Knight was last week recognised as a finalist in the 2011 Australian Cotton Industry Awards, which were presented at the industry’s annual gala dinner held in Narrabri.

An entomologist for Monsanto, Kristen’s dedication to the pivotal area of insect resistance management saw her nominated for the Cotton Seed Distributors Researcher of the Year Award.

Monsanto Country Lead, Peter O’Keeffe says Kristen’s recognition as a finalist was due to her expertise, people skills and commitment to the task.

“This is the first time someone from the private sector has been recognised as a finalist in this cotton industry awards category. Given the calibre of her fellow nominees, this speaks volumes regarding Kristen’s standing within the scientific community and her contributions to the cotton industry.”

Mr O’Keeffe said Monsanto’s strong position with the scientific and grower communities in Australia was due to scientists like Kristen who present research and resistance monitoring for the benefit of industry.

Management of the Helicoverpa Spp. monitoring program is a must-do for both industry and Monsanto to protect the long-term efficacy of the valuable Bollgard technology.

“All of us at Monsanto congratulate Kristen on becoming a finalist in the Cotton Seed Distributors Researcher of the Year award – it is a fantastic achievement and the recognition it brings is highly appropriate.”

Other finalists in the Cotton Seed Distributors Researcher of the Year Award include

  • Dr Sharon Downes, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO, Narrabri
  • Dr Warwick Stiller, CSIRO Plant Industry, Narrabri

The Award was won by Dr Warwick Stiller of CSIRO Plant Industry who has spent the last 16 years in the cotton breeding program that was established to produce varieties for dryland productivity, stress tolerance and water use efficiency.


Issued by: Keryn Mclean, Corporate Affairs Ph: 03 9522 7165 Mob: 0409 536 446

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