Bradshaw's research recognised by British Potato Industry Award

Dr John Bradshaw, honorary fellow of the Scottish Crop Research Institute, has been awarded the 2010 British Potato Industry Award for his contribution to potato research and ability to share knowledge.

Potato Council chairman Allan Stevenson, who presented the award at the Potato Council's seed industry event in Crieff, Perthshire, on 26 October, paid tribute to Dr Bradshaw's work on potato breeding and genetics. His work has included research on field resistance to late blight.

Stevenson said: "He (Bradshaw) has the talent of knowing how to build communications between potato breeders and scientists, ensuring complicated research knowledge is translated into straightforward and practical messages that are easy to understand and put into practice.

"In addition, the two-way communications he has built up have ensured that studies undertaken are relevant to the sector's needs.

"Furthermore, thanks to Dr Bradshaw, some costly and time-consuming field trials and disease assays in potato breeding should soon be replaced with simple, fast and accurate DNA assays."

Bradshaw, who retired in 2009, spent his entire career working on barley, brassicas and potatoes. He dedicated the past 20 years to potato research, including writing and editing books on the subject. His most recent publication is Root & Tuber Crops, in the Handbook of Plant Breeding series, published by Springer, in which he also co-authored the chapter on potatoes.


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