Dr Julie Graham, a senior research scientist at the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI), was singled out by Scotland's environment minister Roseanna Cunningham. The politician, who awarded Dr Graham the RHS Jones-Bateman Cup, said: "Her work contributes to SCRI's reputation as a leader in raspberry breeding."
Dr Graham's research focuses on identifying genetic markers for desirable traits in raspberries such as pest and disease resistance.
These help to reduce inputs in production and improve flavour and appearance. Markers for blights such as raspberry root rot and cane diseases have been developed.
Dr Graham said: "The honour reinforces SCRI's place at the forefront of European fruit research."