Plant scientist first Australian to win top American award

September 14, 2017
Academy Fellow Professor Stephen Powles is widely regarded as a foremost expert in herbicide resistance in plants. 

Australian Academy of Science Fellow Professor Stephen Powles has won the American Chemical Society International Award for Research in Agrochemicals.

Professor Powles, an internationally recognised authority on herbicide resistance in plants, is the first Australian to win the award. It is given to a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the field of agrochemicals at the international level, with their vision and sustained contribution having opened new horizons for investigators in their field and beyond.

Director of Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative at the University of Western Australia’s School of Agriculture and Environment, Professor Powles was recognised for his long-standing research contribution to identifying the role of cytochrome P450 enzymes in endowing herbicide resistance in plants.

Professor Powles is one of the world’s most highly cited agricultural scientists and is widely regarded as a foremost expert in herbicide resistance in plants. Professor Powles and his team have more than 250 research papers published on herbicide resistance. 

Professor Powles was nominated for the award by Dr Todd Gaines of Colorado State University. Dr Gaines is a former postdoctoral student of Professor Powles who spent three years as a researcher at UWA before returning to the US.

Professor Powles will receive the award at a special symposium organised in his honour at the meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston in August 2018.

This is an amended version of a story originally published by the University of Western Australia

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