On the quest for the perfect potato: another accolade for Australian university agricultural research
UniQuest congratulates theUniversity of Tasmania’sDr Calum Wilsonon receiving the prestigiousBayer CropScience 2012 Researcher of the Yearaward.
Dr Wilson, an Associate Professor at theTasmanian Institute of Agriculture, was recognised for his contribution to the vegetable industry at theAusveg National Awards for Excellencein Hobart on 12 May.
UniQuest is working with Dr Wilson to commercialise his research, in particular new varieties of disease-resistant potatoes.
“Dr Wilson has made a significant breakthrough for farmers, not only in Australia but also globally, since potatoes are the world’s fourth largest food crop, with some 18 million hectares dedicated to growing them,” saidDavid Henderson, UniQuest Managing Director.
“We are delighted to see Dr Wilson receive this honour for 20 years’ dedication to advancing the reputation of Australian vegetable farming and agricultural science internationally.
“Public acknowledgment like this from industry peers enhances the attraction for entrepreneurial partners to collaborate on accelerating the transfer of Dr Wilson’s discoveries onto the market,” Mr Henderson said.
Dr Wilson’s disease-resistant potato varieties are among several agricultural innovations UniQuest is commercialising with University of Tasmania scientists. Further details on this portfolio can be obtained from UniQuest’s UTAS-based manager of Innovation and Commercial development, Dr Robin Fieldhouse, on +61 3 6226 6299, 0420 749 535 email@example.com.