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Major honour for Dundee scientist

Published on 2 December 2022

A University of Dundee expert has been confirmed as one of the biggest names in plant microbiology after being honoured at a major awards ceremony.

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Dr Davide Bulgarelli has been named as recipient of the Dorothy Jones Prize at the annual Applied Microbiology Awards in London.

Dr Bulgarelli, a Senior Lecturer and a Principal Investigator within the University’s School of Life Sciences, is an expert in plant sciences whose research encompasses plant genetics, microbial ecology, and computational biology. Based within the Division of Plant Sciences at the James Hutton Institute, he was selected to receive the prize from a field featuring nominations from more than 30 countries.

The honour, named after Dr Dorothy Jones, a former President of Applied Microbiology International, goes to a scientist who has used microbiology to make a significant contribution to the understanding of terrestrial life, rhizospheres and soil microbiomes, or to the preservation of our global ecosystem.

“I am honoured and delighted to receive this accolade,” said Dr Bulgarelli.

“This is important recognition for the efforts my team and I spent in gaining novel insights into the potential contribution of soil microbes to sustainable crop production. This milestone is not the end of journey though, rather it is a starting point motivating us to pursue future scientific challenges.”

Organised by Applied Microbiology International, the Applied Microbiology Awards celebrate the brightest minds in the field and promote the research, groups, projects, products and individuals who are shaping the future of applied microbiology.

The guest of honour at this year’s ceremony was Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam MBE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham who was named an Honorary Fellow at the prestigious event, which was also an opportunity to officially announce a major rebrand for Applied Microbiology International, previously known as the Society for Applied Microbiology.


Jonathan Watson

Senior Press Officer

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