Dr Nigel Kerby, managing director of Mylnefield Research Services (MRS), a commercial affiliate of the James Hutton Institute, has been recognised in the 2014 New Year Honours list.
Dr Kerby was honoured with an MBE for services to business and science.
Since 1992, he has pioneered the commercialisation of scientific intellectual assets and resources of the James Hutton Institute and one of its predecessor organisations, the Scottish Crop Research Institute, and helped develop MRS into a significant contributor to the UK economy.
MRS develops potato, soft fruit and brassica varieties, mainly through collaborative plant breeding, many of which are commonly found on supermarket shelves in the UK and are market leaders in their respective categories.
Dr Kerby is a founding trustee of the Mylnefield Trust; a fellow of the Society of Biology; and a member of the UK Parliamentary and Scientific Committee.