Postgraduate student from The University of Nottingham wins Crop World poster competition

14th Nov 2012

Following strong international competition, Presidor Kendabie from the department of Plant and Crop Sciences at the University of Nottingham, with his co-workers, won first prize for the best postgraduate student poster at the CropWorld Global congress this week. The prizes were awarded by BCPC to the top three entrants and presented to them by Professor Graham Jellis, chairman of the judging panel, on the closing day of the congress.

The poster session was sponsored by BCPC and entries were judged by industry experts and academics, who took into account the research, methodology, quality of science, results, impact of findings and quality of the poster. Presidor Kendabie’s winning poster was on ‘Understanding photoperiod requirements for reproductive development in bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea)’. Second prize went to John Dempsey for his poster on ‘Phosphite mediated inhibition of the Ascomycete pathogen Microdochium nivale’. Rishi Mahajan from University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, India who focused on ‘Potential of plant growth promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) for use in temperate horticulture with special reference to apple,’ picked up third prize.

“There was a very high standard in this year’s competition, and out of a large response we selected twenty finalists which, based on the quality of the abstracts, were then shortlisted to six,” said Professor Graham Jellis, Chairman of the judging panel. “The posters covered a wide range of countries and sectors from horticulture to amenity to agriculture. They were highly relevant to their respective industries with strong commercial potential and many would have an impact for developing countries.”

“BCPC initiated the competition and donated the prizes as part of its activity to promote the entry of the younger generation into agriculture and agricultural science,” said Dr Colin Ruscoe, BCPC chairman. “Following the 2011 and now this year’s competition we hope to be able to encourage even more entries into next year’s event.”

CropWorld Global 2013 will be moving to the RAI conference centre in Amsterdam and will run from 29 to 30 October 2013.

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