CAFLS researcher, Extension fruit tree expert receives Centennial Professorship
CLEMSON — Guido Schnabel, plant pathologist with the Clemson University College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, received the Centennial Professorship award from the university’s Faculty Senate on Tuesday.
An expert with Cooperative Extension and a professor of plant and environmental sciences, Schnabel is recognized throughout the fruit industry in the state, Southeast and the nation for his work in disease management of fruit crops, particularly peaches and strawberries.
Schnabel’s basic research program investigates the evolution and molecular mechanisms of fungicide resistance in various plant pathogens and his applied research program includes fungicide efficacy testing, the development of cultural disease management strategies and ways to prevent peach skin disorders.
He provides location-specific resistance monitoring services for strawberry and peach growers in South Carolina and 10 other states on the East coast, implements decision support systems to minimize the number of spray applications and helps develop smart sprayer technology to further reduce pesticide usage. Schnabel also is the creator of the widely used MyIPM smartphone app series that provides critical pest and disease diagnostics and management information for fruit growers. Additionally, his USAID-funded outreach in Indonesia, Philippines and Cambodia helped improve the lives of dozens of farm families.
Schnabel has helped raise more than $30 million in competitive grant funding, of which more than $4 million directly supported his program. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in premier scientific journals and published multiple book chapters.
For his efforts and documented impact on disease management in fruit production, Schnabel received two national awards from the American Phytopathological Society: the Lee Hutchins Award for Excellence in Tree Fruit Research and the Excellence in Extension Award. He is also a past recipient of the Clemson University Godley-Snell Award for Excellence in Research, the university’s highest agricultural honor.
Schhnabel joined Clemson University in 2000.
The Centennial Professorship was established by the Faculty Senate in 1988 to honor excellence in teaching, research, service and librarianship. The Centennial Professorship is bestowed by faculty to an outstanding colleague who is tenured or has a tenure-track appointment with demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas: undergraduate and/or graduate teaching, applied and/or basic research, public/extension service, and librarianship. The two-year professorship includes a $12,000-per-year monetary award and a caricature portrait that will be displayed at the Madren Conference Center.