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Lippman wins NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

photo of Zach Lippman standing in front of tomato plants
Professor and HHMI Investigator Zachary Lippman with his crops, which he uses to study the genes that determine flower production.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Zachary Lippman has been awarded the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences.

This NAS Prize recognizes extraordinary contributions to agriculture or to the understanding of the biology of a species fundamentally important to agriculture or food production.

Lippman won the $100,000 award for his genetic studies on developing hardier crop breeds. His work focuses on the genes that determine when, where, and how many flowers are produced on a plant. Lippman is dissecting the gene networks that are responsible for the variation in how flowers form, as a means of developing new principles and strategies for improving crop yields.

“It’s an incredible honor to have my research program and its impact on plant biology and agriculture recognized by the National Academy and my colleagues through this award,” said Lippman.

“I am pleased that Zach Lippman has been recognized by the National Academy of Sciences for his truly pioneering research on how understanding plant development can translate into meaningful results for increasing food production,” said CSHL President and CEO Bruce Stillman. “We congratulate Zach on this very significant recognition.”

Lippman and the other NAS prize winners will be honored in a ceremony on Sunday, April 26, 2020 during the National Academy of Sciences’ 157th annual meeting.

Written by: Sara Roncero-Menendez, Communications Associate | roncero@cshl.edu | 516-367-6866

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