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Professor Robbie Waugh elected RSE Fellow

Robbie Waugh
Every year the competition for places is intense and this year is no different, so I am delighted to welcome 47 new Fellows.

Leading crop geneticist Professor Robbie Waugh of the James Hutton Institute and University of Dundee has received the honour of being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has announced 47 new UK and International Fellows in 2013 to add to its 1500-strong Fellowship. Fellows are elected following a rigorous examination of their achievements in their relevant fields.

On the announcement Professor Waugh said: “I’m absolutely delighted to receive such an honour.” His recent research includes the decoding of the potato and barley genome. Through funding from BBSRC and RESAS he led the barley genome research team in the UK, working with researchers at The Genome Analysis Centre, Norwich.

Sir John Arbuthnott, RSE President and eminent microbiologist, commented, "As the President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, I am aware that I am a representative of men and women who are outstanding in their intellectual fields and are `standing on the shoulders of giants'. Given this, one of the most important and rewarding tasks of my role is, on behalf of the RSE Council, approving the internationally recognised candidates who will be admitted as new Fellows to the Society.

"Every year the competition for places is intense and this year is no different, so I am delighted to welcome 47 new Fellows to the Royal Society of Edinburgh."

The RSE's mission is the advancement of learning and useful knowledge and since its establishment in 1783 it has made a major contribution to Scottish society through its Fellows. It is unique in Britain and distinctive internationally in the breadth of its Fellowship, which ranges across the sciences, medicine, engineering, the social sciences, arts, humanities, business and public service.

Amongst the wide range of activities it provides are independent advice to Government and Parliament, research and enterprise Fellowships, education programmes for young people, and conferences and events aimed at both public engagement and specialists.

Notes to editors

Robbie’s research focuses on developing and applying the resources necessary to enable genetic analysis to single gene resolution in cultivated barley. He has concentrated on three major research elements: assembling germplasm that is suited to understand the underlying genetics of important traits, developing molecular tools and approaches that facilitate high resolution genetic analysis, and contributing to international efforts to derive a reference barley genome sequence. He explores areas of biology that are both academically and practically important and that have resulted in either historical advances during the process of domestication, cultivation, and breeding and offer potential for crop improvement in the future. He has an honorary chair in the University of Glasgow.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.