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Febina Mathew

Febina Mathew


Adjunct Associate 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 (e.g. fungus, bacteria, nematode) causing diseases on broadleaf crops and strategies to manage diseases (e.g. fungicides, host resistance). My primary crop responsibility includes black-eyed pea (cowpea), camelina, canola, carinata, chickpea (garbanzo bean), corn, dry edible bean, lentil, field pea, flax, soybean, and sunflower.

Awards and Honors

2021 NACAA Communication Award (Class #13 Bound Book/eBook) North Central Regional and State Winner -Best Management Practices for Sunflower Production (team award) (2022).

North Central Regional Multistate Research Award for NCERA137- Soybean Diseases (team award) (2021)

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

The British Society for Plant Pathology

Area(s) of Research

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

Applications of Research

News@Sdstate (2021):
Stem canker research earns SDSU doctoral student recognition (

News@Sdstate (2018):
Eight species of fungus cause root rot in South Dakota corn (

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 (