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Wolf Prize in Agriculture to three winners for major discoveries in developmental biology of plants that contribute to crop improvement

The winners are Professor Elliot M. Elliot Meyerowitz from Caltech and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA, Professor Joanne Chory from the Salk Institute, USA, and Professor Venkatesan "Sundar" Sundaresan from the University of California, Davis, USA "B

Genetic improvement of crops. Illustration: depositphotos.com
Genetic improvement of crops. Illustration: depositphotos.com

The 2024 Wolf Prize in Agriculture was awarded to Professor Elliott M. Elliot Meyerowitz from Caltech and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA, Professor Joanne Chory from the Salk Institute, USA, and Professor Venkatesan "Sundar" Sundaresan from the University of California, Davis, USA "B, on key discoveries in the developmental biology of plants that contribute to crop improvement.

Professor Elliot M. Meyerowitz is awarded the Wolf Prize for many outstanding contributions to the field of genetics and to our understanding of the molecular basis of plant growth and development. He solved the century-old mystery of how plants make specific leaf and flower patterns, and his lab cloned and characterized many of these genes. Prof. Meyerowitz found the first ever receptor for a plant hormone and was the first to clone and sequence a gene from the Arabidopsis plant. He helped promote Arabidopsis as a "model organism" used in biological and genetic research of plants around the world. His pioneering conceptual contributions to the field of molecular genetics and plant morphogenesis opened up the field of modern plant science.
Professor Joan Cory receives the Wolf Prize for her contributions to the developmental biology of plants that paved the way for recent innovative work and great progress in understanding processes necessary for crop improvement: light signaling, hormone signaling, shade avoidance, flowering time, growth regulation, and disease resistance
Professor Venkatesan Saundersan is awarded the Wolf Prize for pioneering discoveries in the genetics and molecular biology of plant reproduction and seed formation and for applying this knowledge to the development of self-propagating hybrid crops that will revolutionize agriculture and make high-yielding crops usable by farmers.

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