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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.

Stephen Powles Winner of ACS International Award for Research in Agrochemicals2018 Award Recipient

Stephen Powles is the Director of the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) and Professor at the University of Western Australia. AHRI is a 20 person multi-disciplinary team, ranging from agronomists to molecular biologists and communicators, focused on the major problem of herbicide resistant weeds in  Australian agriculture. In focusing on herbicide resistance, Powles has built on his crop science degrees (BS from Western Sydney University,  MS from Michigan State University) and his physiology/biochemistry PhD and postdocs (PhD from Australian National University, postdocs at Stanford University and the University of Paris). During his postdoc years in the USA and in France, Powles became aware of early cases of herbicide resistance evolution in plants (weedy species).

 

Herbicide resistance was a miniscule issue in the early 1980s, but Stephen correctly judged that herbicide resistance would become a major issue in global agriculture. He resolved to apply his agronomic and biochemical expertise to this emerging problem. As herbicide resistance exploded first in his native Australia and then in North America and elsewhere, Stephen had built multi-disciplinary research teams that tackled problems at many levels, from
fundamental research to practical on-farm solutions.

For 33 years, he has led large research teams making major advances ranging from on-farm management to elucidating the precise details of molecular mutations responsible for resistance. Stephen and colleagues have published 250 research papers, and he has edited two books on herbicide resistance. He is widely recognized as the global leader in herbicide resistance research.

For his research achievements, Stephen was elected to the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering. For many years, he has been one of the world’s most highly cited scientists. Stephen is strongly committed to communication of research and achieving adoption of technology through his
presentations, use of social media platforms, and a willingness to utilize his research funds to employ professional communicators. Through this combination of conducting leading research and major commitment to communication, Stephen and his colleagues have made major contributions to understanding and managing  herbicide resistance in global crop production.

Past Awardees

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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