Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Hobart and Brisbane:    UniQuest congratulates the University of Tasmania’s Dr Calum Wilson on receiving the prestigious Bayer CropScience 2012 Researcher of the Year award.

Dr Wilson, an Associate Professor at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, was recognised for his contribution to the vegetable industry at the Ausveg National Awards for Excellence in 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,” said David 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 or [email protected]

About Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture is a joint venture between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government. This partnership has brought together the human and physical resources of the Tasmanian Government with the scientific research and teaching capacity of UTAS to create a centre of excellence in agricultural research, development, extension, education and training. TIA’s activities are funded by the Tasmanian Government, the UTAS, agricultural research, development and extension organisations, resource management organisations, other granting bodies and industry. TIA has a dynamic team of scientists and technical experts many of whom are internationally renowned, with access to world-class facilities and equipment. TIA has strong links to other research, development and extension institutions in Australia and around the world.

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