This award honors individuals who have made an outstanding, innovative research contribution that has changed, or has the potential to change, the direction of research in any field of plant pathology. Nominees for this award need not be members of the society. Recipients of the Ruth Allen Award receive a plaque and a cash prize derived from a fund established by the heirs of Dr. Allen.
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