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Zollinger Named Weed Science Society Fellow

Department of Plant Sciences Professor and Extension Weed Specialist Richard Zollinger has received the Weed Science Society of America’s (WSSA) highest honor. He was named a Fellow of the society at an award ceremony held during the WSSA Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona in early February. The honor is presented for substantial contributions in publications, education, and program development in weed science, as well as service to the WSSA and the weed science profession.
Zollinger Named Weed Science Society Fellow

Richard Zollinger

February 17, 2017

Department of Plant Sciences Professor and Extension Weed Specialist Richard Zollinger has received the Weed Science Society of America’s (WSSA) highest honor. He was named a Fellow of the society at an awards ceremony held during the WSSA Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona in early February.

The Fellow award is presented for substantial contributions in publications, education, and program development in weed science, as well as service to the WSSA and the weed science profession. Nominees must have been active members for at least 10 years. Only 0.25% of the society’s membership may receive the fellowship each year.

Zollinger received his B.S. and M.S. at Utah State University and his Ph.D. in Weed Science at Michigan State University. He was hired at NDSU in 1990 with a 90% Extension and 10 % research appointment. He also serves as program adviser to graduate students.

Zollinger has authored or coauthored over 200 journal and Extension publications and delivers over 100 presentations per year. Each year over 20,000 copies of the North Dakota Weed Control Guide, known to growers as the “Weed Bible”, are printed.

Zollinger and his research team conduct weed control and herbicide research primarily in corn, soybean, dry edible beans, and sunflower. His main research interest is in adjuvants and formulations. He has developed an internationally recognized adjuvant, formulation, and water quality research and testing program.

Additional contributions to the weed science profession by Zollinger include writing over 140 Section 18 herbicide registrations (emergency exemption herbicide registration applications) in minor acreage crops; serving as the IR-4 (residue trials to register pesticides on minor crops) liaison for North Dakota; and successfully competing with California and other states for over 100 IR-4 pesticide research projects.

Founded in 1956, the WSSA promotes research, education and outreach; provides science-based information to the public and policymakers; and fosters an awareness of weeds and their impact on our environment.

For further information on the WSSA, visit http://wssa.net.  Information on the NDSU Weed Science program is at www.ag.ndsu.edu/weeds.

Source: Weed Science Society of America
Source: NDSU Agriculture Communication
Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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