IPM symposium honors Montana plant scientist

Reagan Colyer
Montana State University News Service

BOZEMAN, Mont. — A Montana State University assistant research professor was recently recognized by the International Integrated Pest Management Symposium for her doctoral work studying the role pests play in a wheat disease cycle.

Uta McKelvy, who received her doctorate from the department of plant sciences and plant pathology in MSU’s College of Agriculture this fall, is also an associate Extension specialist for the department and works in MSU’s Schutter Diagnostic Laboratory alongside professor Mary Burrows. Last month, McKelvy received the organization’s outstanding Ph.D. student award. McKelvy was the only recipient of the award for 2020.

After completing her undergraduate and master’s degrees in her native Germany, McKelvy came to MSU for her doctoral studies in 2016. She focused her research on wheat streak mosaic virus, a wheat disease that was hitting the state hard at the time. In her stud

Uta McKelvy, a Montana State University assistant research professor, was recently recognized by the International Integrated Pest Management Symposium for her doctoral work studying the role pests play in a wheat disease cycle.