Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Zeigler honored for science leadership

Robert Zeigler, IRRI director general, was conferred the 2013 Leadership in Science Public Service Award by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB).

The award recognizes individuals who have advanced the mission of ASPB and its members through significant contributions to plant science and public policy leadership.

Dr. Zeigler was honored for his focus on addressing the agricultural needs of the developing world through plant biology research. The ASPB cited his guidance of IRRI, “whose goals include increasing the nutrition and quality of rice through sustainable practices, toward breeding lines able to withstand a variety of environmental extremes, such as drought and flooding.”

He spoke as part of the awards symposium at Plant Biology 2013 in Providence on 20 July.

Dr. Zeigler was honored along with Lisa Ainsworth, Charles Albert Shull Awardee, and Ian Sussex, Stephen Hales Prize Awardee.

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