Ruth Dill-Macky

2019 Women in Triticum Mentor Award

Ruth Dill-Macky has served on the faculty of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota for over 26 years. Her research program, focused on the diseases of cereal crops, is internationally recognized for work on Fusarium head blight (FHB or scab). Ruth has conducted research on net blotch of barley, loose smut of oat, and the root rots of cereals, while maintaining an interest in the rusts she studied as a PhD student. Recently, Ruth’s research program expanded to include work on bacterial leaf streak of wheat and barley. Ruth’s interests in plant pathology are in the management of plant diseases through the deployment of host resistance, cultural control practices, and plant disease epidemiology.