Prestigious RHS Fruit Award for EMR Scientist Prof. Xiangming Xu
Prof. Xiangming Xu, East Malling Research (EMR) plant pathologist and Programme Leader, has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Jones-Bateman Cup in recognition of his significant contribution to scientific advances and excellence in horticultural research.
Xiangming combines his skills as a biologist with those as a mathematician/statistician to deliver excellent plant disease research and crop management tools for the benefit of the fruit industry. This combination of skills is unique in the UK.
Prof. Peter Gregory, Chief Executive of EMR said “It is fantastic to see all of the work that Xiangming and his team have done over the years for the UK horticulture industry being acknowledged with this prestigious award.”
The RHS Jones-Bateman Cup is awarded every three years in recognition of those conducting original research in fruit culture.
Xiangming has been leader of EMR’s Genetics and Crop Improvement Programme since 2013. Prior to this appointment, Xiangming was best known for his work on the epidemiology of plant pathogens carried out during his previous 22 years at EMR. Xiangming trained in plant genetics and breeding at the University of Wales and, prior to joining EMR, worked on brassica breeding.
Photograph: Prof Xiangming Xu (left) receiving the Jones-Bateman Cup from Sir Nicholas Bacon, RHS President (photo credit: ‘RHS/Bethany Clarke’)