An Oregon State University botany and plant pathology professor has been awarded one of China’s highest scientific honors for his collaborative work on plant diseases that damage potatoes and soybeans.
Brett Tyler, director of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing at OSU, received the Friendship Award of China for his work with on organisms that cause diseases such as potato blight and soybean root rot. The diseases cause significant crop loss worldwide.
Tyler has worked for the past decade with researchers at Nanjing Agricultural University and other Chinese institutions. Their work has identified how potatoes and soybeans resist the diseases and how the genes that carry out that function can be incorporated into new varieties, according to an OSU news release.
Tyler is overseas this week and was not available for comment. In a prepared statement, he described the award a “wonderful bridge across the Pacific with the joint objective of increasing food security.”