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Reading academic receives 2010 Marsh Horticultural Award

Release Date 05 March 2010

from left to right) President of the RHS; Giles Coode-Adams, Winner; Professor Paul Hadley, Chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust; Brian Marsh. credit photo Jon Enoch.

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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Notes for Editors:

The University of Reading is rated as one of the top 200 universities in the world (THE-QS World Rankings 2009).

The University of Reading is one of the UK's top research-intensive universities. The University is ranked in the top 20 UK higher education institutions in securing research council grants worth nearly £10 million from EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, AHRC and BBSRC. In the RAE 2008, over 87% of the university's research was deemed to be of international standing. Areas of particular research strength recognised include meteorology and climate change, typography and graphic design, archaeology, philosophy, food biosciences, construction management, real estate and planning, as well as law.

Standards of teaching are excellent - the University scored highly in the National Student Survey 2009.  87% of Reading students responding to the survey stated they were satisfied with the quality of their course.

The University is estimated to contribute £600 million to the local economy annually.

University of Reading is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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The School of Biological Sciences is a research intensive institution which prides itself on the excellence and relevance of its degree courses. The School was formed in 2005 from the former Schools of Animal and Microbial Sciences, Applied Statistics and Plant Sciences. This has resulted in the formation of a School with a formidable range of expertise, and this unique combination makes Reading a very attractive place to work and study.

The School is one of the larger Biology Schools in the UK with 60 permanent academic staff working across three research areas, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Biology and Applied Statistics. Substantial recent investment has created new research facilities and infrastructure, including the BioCentre for post-genomic research, the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR) and the newly completed Hopkins Building.

The Royal Horticultural Society is one of the world's leading horticultural organisations and the UK's leading gardening charity. RHS focuses on providing a real benefit to those involved and interested in horticulture and gardening in the UK.  


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