Reading academic receives 2010 Marsh Horticultural Award
Release Date 05 March 2010
The University of Reading is pleased to announce that Professor Paul Hadley has won the prestigious 2010 Marsh Horticultural Award. The Award is presented annually to recognise an outstanding UK horticultural scientist, and is sponsored by the Marsh Christian Trust in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
Professor Hadley, from the University's School of Biological Sciences, received the Award for his outstanding contribution in conducting long term research into fruit and vegetable production. Paul has been involved in a large number of different research projects including studies of the regulation of plant growth and development in relation to environmental factors. Many of these projects have led to the development of mathematical models that can be used to predict the responses of crops to their environment.
Paul has a strong interest in horticultural education and been associated with the supervision of some 40 PhD students. In 2008, Paul took on responsibility, with Professor Nick Battey, for the management and curation of the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale, one of the largest fruit collections in the world.
Paul is also heavily involved in research on cocoa has just begun a new five year study on the effects of climate change on cocoa. He has recently been elected Chair of the next International Cocoa Conference, which will be held in 2013.
Simon Thornton-Wood, Director of Science & Learning at the RHS, said: "Paul won the Award because of his significant contribution to horticulture, demonstrated by his enthusiasm, energy, efforts at education and research excellence."
Professor Gavin Brooks, Head of the University of Reading's School of Biological Sciences, added: "The School is delighted that Paul's significant achievements and contributions to the crop production research area have been recognised by the prestigious Marsh Award. At a time when the future of food security and crop production is so important, we are very fortunate to have Paul as a leading expert in this field within the University".
Professor Hadley received his award from the President of RHS and Brian Marsh at the RHS's at the RHS Annual Awards on 15 February.
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