Scottish scientist Professor Ian Toth has received this year’s prestigious British Potato Industry Lifetime Award.
Claire Taylor reports for The Scottish Farmer that Professor Toth is the director of Scotland’s Plant Heath Centre at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee, where he has been undertaking plant health research for over 25 years, focusing his efforts on both strategic and applied research. This has brought him into regular contact with UK and devolved governments, the public and industry to whom he regularly presents his work.
Described as ‘a cornerstone’ and leader of the internationally recognised plant health work at the James Hutton Institute, Prof Toth is a globally recognised potato bacterial disease expert.
Presenting the award during the Potato Industry Conference 2020, held on November 24, AHDB Potatoes chair Alison Levett said: “Mention the phrase potato disease and Ian Toth’s name quickly comes into the discussion. Ian was trained under Michel Pérombelon at the Scottish Crop Research Institute but quickly became the ‘go-to-person’ in the potato industry for all things blackleg and soft rot related and has more recently been working with the industry on a long term strategy to control PCN.
Source: The Scottish Farmer. Full report here
Photo: Professor Ian Toth has been awarded the British Potato Industry Award 2020