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The ACS International Award for Research in Agrochemicals is given to a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the field of agrochemicals at the international level. Their vision and sustained contributions will have opened new horizons for other investigators in their field and beyond. Nominations are now being sought for the 2021 Award winner to be presented at the ACS Fall 2021 National Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.  Deadline for nominations is December 31, 2019. For details on the nomination process, see the the Call for Nominations.

For more information, please contact James Seiber, AGRO Awards Committee Chair, 530-752-1141.

2019 Award Recipient

Vincent L. Salgado, a Principal Scientist at BASF Corporation in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is being recognized for his work promoting the understanding of insecticide modes of action. 

Vince was born in Akron, Ohio, as the second of four children, and attended schools in New Jersey and Southern California. His interest in neurophysiology while an undergraduate at the University of California at Riverside brought him to the lab of Professor Thomas A. Miller, where he was inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of the many interesting and talented people studying insects and insecticides. After obtaining his BS (1976), he spent the summer setting up a neurophysiology lab at Burroughs-Wellcome in Berkhamsted, England, where he worked with leading British insecticide researchers there and at nearby Rothamsted Experiment Station. 

Back in Riverside, Vince returned to Miller’s lab, where he obtained his PhD in Entomology (1981) working closely with postdoc Stephen N. Irving to show that like DDT and the type I pyrethroids, type II pyrethroids were working on sodium channels and not at another target, as was thought by some scientists. His postdoctoral research under Professor Toshio Narahashi at Northwestern University Medical School provided a deeper understanding of the mechanism of action of type II pyrethroids on sodium channels using axonal and single-channel voltage clamp methods. 

Vince went into the chemical industry to apply his expertise in neurophysiology and insect toxicology to the discovery of insecticides with novel modes of action. During his time at Rohm and Haas, Dow AgroSciences, Rhone-Poulenc Agro, Aventis CropScience, Bayer CropScience, and BASF, he contributed to many research projects and discoveries of novel modes of action, including block of voltage-dependent sodium channels (IRAC Group 22), allosteric modulation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (IRAC Group 5) and, in collaboration with Professor Martin Goepfert at Goettingen University and Alexandre Nesterov and other colleagues at BASF, modulation of TRPV channels in chordotonal stretch receptor organs (IRAC Group 9). 

Vince’s work has also led to new insights into insect neurotransmitter receptors and insecticides acting on them. He defined the two major classes of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in insect nervous systems, desensitizing and non-desensitizing, which serve as targets for neonicotinoids (IRAC Group 4) and spinosyns (IRAC Group 5), respectively. With Xilong Zhao at BASF, he has also published extensively on ligand-gated chloride channels in insects, identifying two glutamate-gated chloride channel (GluCl) subtypes and demonstrating that fipronil acts on both types, in addition to its known action on GABA receptors. 

Vince has recently made groundbreaking contributions to the science of ectoparasite host-seeking and repellent action with the discovery that ticks hone in on hosts using radiant heat and that repellents potently disrupt their ability to do this. 

Vince has also contributed more broadly to the advancement of pesticide science by serving on grant review boards and the editorial board of the journal NeuroToxicology, as well as by organizing symposia at meetings of the ACS and the International Congress of Entomology. He has also helped the chemical industry’s effort to promote the sustainable use of insecticides by serving on the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) for more than 10 years. He has published more than 50 research articles and reviews, holds eight patents, and has mentored three graduate students and postdocs. 

In his free time, Vince enjoys woodworking, metalworking, sailing, kitesurfing, and spending time with his partner Suzanne Hixson and his two adult sons Robert and Michael. 

Past Awardees

2018

Stephen Powles, University of Western Australia, Australia

2017

Jeffrey Bloomquist, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

2016

Yoshihisa Ozoe, Shimane University, Japan

2015

Keith D. Wing, formerly of Rohm and Haas and DuPont Crop Protection, Wilmington, DE

2014

Ralf Nauen, Bayer CropScience, Monheim, Germany

2013

René Feyereisen, National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA), France

2012

Thomas C. Sparks, Dow AgroSciences, Indianapolis, IN

2011

George P. Lahm, DuPont Crop Science, Newark, Delaware

2010

Shinzo Kagabu, Gifu University, Gifu, Japan

2009

R. Donald Wauchope, USDA-ARS (retired), Tifton, Georgia

2008

David M. Soderlund, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

2007

Gerald T. Brooks, University of Sussex (retired), Brighton, UK

2007

Fredrick J. Perlak, Monsanto, St. Louis, Missouri

2006

Joel Coats, Iowa State University, Ames

2006

Isamu Yamaguchi, Agricultural Chemicals Inspection Station, Tokyo, Japan

2005

Robert Krieger, University of California-Riverside

2005

Janice E. Chambers, Mississippi State University, Starkville

2004

Stephen Duke, USDA-ARS, Oxford, Mississippi

2004

John Marshall Clark, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

2003

Hideo Ohkawa, Kobe University, Japan

2003

Bob Hollingworth, Michigan State University, East Lansing

2002

Marinus Los, American Cyanamid, Princeton, New Jersey

2002

Keith Solomon, University of Guelph, Canada

2001

Ralph Mumma, Pennsylvania State University, University Park

2001

Donald Crosby, University of California-Davis

2000

Herbert B. Scher, Zeneca, Richmond, California

2000

George P. Georghiou, University of California-Riverside

1999

James Seiber, University of Nevada-Reno

1999

Don Baker, Zeneca, Richmond, California

1998

Leslie Crombie, University of Nottingham, England

1998

George Levitt, DuPont, Wilmington, Delaware

1997

Izuru Yamamoto, University of Tokyo, Japan

1997

Fritz Führ, Institute of Chemistry and Dynamic, Jülich, Germany

1996

Klaus Naumann, Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany

1996

Günther Voss, Ciba, Basel, Switzerland

1995

Mohyee Eldefrawi, University of Maryland-Baltimore

1995

Koji Nakanishi, Columbia University, New York, New York

1994

Toshio Fujita, Kyoto University, Japan

1993

Morifuso Eto, Kyushu University, Fukoka, Japan

1992

Bruce Hammock, University of California-Davis

1991

Stuart Frear, USDA-ARS, Fargo, North Dakota

1990

David Schooley, University of Nevada-Reno

1989

Toshio Narahashi, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

1988

Ernest Hodgson, North Carolina State University

1987

Fumio Matsumura, Michigan State University, East Lansing

1986

James Tumlinson, USDA-ARS, Gainesville, Florida

1985

Junshi Miyamoto, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Japan

1984

Jacques Jean Martel, Roussel Uclaf, Paris, France

1983

Karl Heinz Buechel, Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany

1982

Jack R. Plimmer, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, Maryland

1981

Philip C. Kearney, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, Maryland

1979

Milton S. Schechter, USDA-ARS (retired), Beltsville, Maryland

1978

Julius J. Menn, Stauffer Chemical Co., Mountain View, California

1977

Francis A. Gunther, University of California-Riverside

1976

Morton Beroza, USDA-ARS (retired), Beltsville, Maryland

1975

Michael Elliot, Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, England

1974

T. Roy Fukuto, University of California-Riverside

1973

Hubert Martin, British Crop Protection Council, London, England

1972

Ralph L. Wain, Wye College, University of London,England

1971

Robert L. Metcalf, University of Illinois, Champagne-Urban

1970

Richard D. O’Brien, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

1969

John E. Casida, University of California-Berkley

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