2013 AGRO Division Fellow – Stephen Duke

Steve DukeDr. Stephen O. Duke holds a BS in Biology (Henderson State U) and an MS in Botany (U Arkansas). After returning to the US from a stint in Vietnam as a Medical Service Corps officer, he earned his PhD (Duke U, 1975) in Botany. Shortly thereafter he joined the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Stoneville, Mississippi, where he became engrossed with the modes of action of herbicides and other phytotoxins and eventually become the Director of the Southern Weed Science Laboratory. In 1996, he become Research Leader of the USDA-ARS Natural Products Utilization Research Unit, which is embedded in the School of Pharmacy at University of Mississippi in Oxford. Steve is probably best known for his research on the modes and mechanisms of action of herbicides. He has published almost 400 journal articles and book chapters, edited seven books, and co-authored one text book. These publications cover many aspects of agricultural chemical-related research, including discovery and modes of action of natural and synthetic herbicides and fungicides, mechanisms of resistance to herbicides, antimalarial compounds, insect repellents, and biochemistry and physiology of herbicide-resistant crops. He has been a member of the many editorial boards including Plant Physiology, Weed Science, and Allelopathy Journal and is now Editor-in-Chief of Pest Management Science. He has received numerous awards including: Fellow of AAAS and the Weed Science Society of America, USDA-ARS Outstanding Senior Scientist Award, AGRO International Award for Research in Agrochemicals, Molisch Award of the International Allelopathy Society, and an honorary doctorate from University of the Basque Country (Spain). As an AGRO active member since 1984, Steve has organized numerous AGRO symposia and edited four ACS Symposium Series books. He was a member of the AGRO Executive Board during 1996-98 and 2008-11, was elected 2012 Vice-Chair, and is currently the Program Chair. Steve looks forward to serving AGRO as Chair next year and to future involvement in AGRO symposia and publications. In his words, “Involvement in AGRO has been a major positive influence on my career. Good citizens of the scientific community attempt to repay such debts. I hope that I can play a helpful role in the careers of young scientists through my continued involvement in AGRO.”