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Young Plant Scientist accolade for Dundee-based researcher

Shumei Wang, Dundee-based PhD student (courtesy Shumei Wang)
"This award inspires me to continue to perform my very best in plant science"

A PhD student at the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute has been selected as Young Plant Scientist 2018 in the fundamental research category by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO).

Shumei Wang, based at the Institute’s Cell and Molecular Sciences group, has discovered a new pathway involved in infection by Phytophthora infestans, the pathogen responsible for potato late blight. Her work significantly improves the understanding of plant-pathogen interactions and may open new possibilities in the development of defence strategies.

She will be presented with her award at the Plant Biology Europe 2018 conference, which will take place from the 18th to the 21st June in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Shumei said: “I am very honoured to receive this accolade from EPSO. This award inspires me to continue to perform my very best in plant science research. Ultimately, I want my research to reach and improve the food that people eat. EPSO's recognition of my efforts strengthens my self-confidence and belief to be a strong plant scientist in the future."

Professor Paul Birch, Shumei’s academic supervisor, added: “I am very proud that EPSO has recognised Shumei's ground-breaking research. I hope that it will encourage her to reach her potential in an excellent scientific career in future.”

Professor John Jones, leader of the Institute’s Cell and Molecular Sciences group, commented: “I am delighted that Shumei’s fantastic work has been recognised in this way. This award is a further demonstration of the value of the partnership between the James Hutton Institute and the University of Dundee”.

The EPSO Young Plant Scientist award jury panel evaluates novel ideas or approaches to plant science, as well as the potential of the research to improve understanding or outcomes in the selected field of plant science; and the clarity with which the problem or research topic is conveyed to a non-specialist plant scientist.

EPSO is an independent academic organisation that represents more than 200 research institutes, departments and universities from 28 European countries, Australia and New Zealand, and 3,300 individuals representing over 27,000 people working in plant science.

The James Hutton Institute’s Cell and Molecular Sciences group comprises more than 100 plant scientists with research specialisms in cell and molecular biology, genomics, genetics, pathology and physiology.

It has a major research focus on the genetic improvement of cereals, potatoes and soft fruit crops concerning yield and quality, resource use efficiency and pest and disease resistance.

Notes to editors

The University of Dundee is the top ranked University in the UK for biological sciences, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. With more than 900 scientists, research students and support staff from 61 countries and external funding in excess of £50 million per annum, the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is one of the largest and most productive Life Sciences research institutes in Europe. The Division of Plant Sciences at Dundee is an internationally recognised centre for molecular plant science. www.lifesci.dundee.ac.uk

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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.