I am writing to you to share some good news. Several of our esteemed colleagues and friends have received prestigious awards over the last few months. This includes
- Susanne von Caemmerer was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London;
- John Evans was elected a Corresponding Member of the American Society of Plant Biologists;
- Graham Farquhar won a Kyoto Prize for his work on photosynthesis and water use efficiency.
The most recent news is that John Patrick (a Life Member of ASPS) was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. The summary of his research leading to this prestigious award is as follows:
John Patrick is internationally renowned for his theoretical and experimental advances in the regulation of nutrient transport and partitioning in plants. He has developed a novel theoretical framework that identifies control points for the regulation of nutrient transport through, and unloading from, the plant vascular network to fuel organ development. Patrick’s innovative experimental approaches have shown how metabolic demand for nutrients is coordinated with vascular transport by phytohormones, cell turgor and nutrient pool sizes. These discoveries have laid a conceptual framework to further elucidate nutrient transport and partitioning mechanisms and to identify novel targets for improving crop yields to share.
Our congratulations also go to Anna Koltunow who was also elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2016 and was formally inducted this year.