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Febina Mathew

Febina Mathew


Assistant Professor and Field Crops Pathologist

Office Building

Plant Science Building



Mailing Address

Plant Science Building 113
Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science-Box 2108
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


I research on the biology of pathogens affecting oilseed and pulse crops and the interactions of these pathogens with their hosts. My primary crop responsibility includes black-eyed peas (cowpeas), camelina, canola, carinata, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), corn, dry beans, lentils, field peas, flax, soybeans, and sunflowers.

Awards and Honors

Early Career Award, American Phytopathological Society- North Central Division (2018)

Schroth Faces of the Future Award in Host Resistance and Host/ Pathogen Interaction, American Phytopathological Society (2017)

Inducted into the South Dakota Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture (Gamma Sigma Delta) (2016)

Nominated for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring award, South Dakota State University (2016)

Professional Memberships

American Phytopathological Society

Area(s) of Research

My focus is on diversity and management of pathogens causing disease of broad leaf crops in South Dakota.

Applications of Research

College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences, "Growing South Dakota" (2017). [Page] 6
Stopping Stem Canker Plant Pathologists Making Progress To Keep This Disease At Bay (

College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences, "Growing South Dakota" (2016). [Page] 9
Targeting Emerging Diseases: Plant Pathologists Working To Better Manage Soybean & Sunflower Diseases (

Research: South Dakota State University, Spring 2016. [Page] 7
Plant scientists defend South Dakota crops against diseases (