Herbicide resistance leader honoured at Science Awards
Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) director Stephen Powles has been presented with an award for being a finalist in Western Australia’s highest science honour, the 2012 Scientist of the Year.
The global expert on herbicide resistant weeds and crops and highly cited plant scientist received the award from WA Science and Innovation Minister John Day at the WA Science Awards presentation ceremony this month.
Astrophysicist Peter Quinn, of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, was named 2012 Scientist of the Year, while University of WA School of Plant Biology head Hans Lambers was the other finalist in the category.
Much of Professor Powles’ work through AHRI, which is supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), is directly relevant to WA grain growers.
He has written more than 200 research papers and is an international authority on all aspects of herbicide resistance, from biochemical understanding of how plants evolve resistance, through to practical on-farm management.
AHRI is located within the School of Plant Biology and Institute of Agriculture at The University of Western Australia.
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PHOTO CAPTION: AHRI director Stephen Powles, right, receives his award from WA Science and Innovation Minister John Day at the WA Science Awards.
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