The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) has announced two winners of the ICAC Cotton Researcher of the Year Award in 2021: Professors Bruce Tabashnik and Jonathan F. Wendel.
The ICAC honours a leading cotton researcher each year by awarding a certificate of recognition, a shield and an honorarium of $1,000. The winners will be presented with the award during the 79th Plenary Meeting, December 06-09. 2021. The winners were selected by an independent panel of six eminent experts from six different countries.
The first winner Prof Bruce Tabashnik is the Head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona, USA. He has been leading the Department of Entomology at University of Arizona for the last 24 years. Tabashnik's research has provided fundamental knowledge about insects for enhancing agricultural sustainability and reducing the use of harmful insecticides. His current work focuses on evolution of resistance to insecticidal proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Web of Science/Clarivate Analytics recognized his work as highly cited in 2018 and 2019.
Jonathan F Wendel is a distinguished professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University, US. Hisresearch focuses on mechanisms underlying plant genomic and phenotypic diversify, with a special focus on the phenomenon of whole genome doubling, or polyploidy. Most of his ~300 publications focus on the cotton genus (Gossypium), in which two diploid and two polyploid species were each independently domesticated thousands of years ago. Hiscontributions have been recognized in all three major domains of professorial life: Master Teacher, 2005, for his role as graduate mentor and educator, Distinguished Professor, 2012, for national research prominence, and Outstanding Achievement in Departmental Leadership, 2009, for leadership excellence during his 15 years as department chair.