Tocal College ex-student and Plant Scientist, Professor Stephen Powles, has accepted the American Chemical Society International Award for Research in agrochemicals in Boston, USA.

Plant scientist the first Australian to win top American award

Plant scientist and former Tocal student Professor Stephen Powles has accepted the American Chemical Society International Award for research in agrochemicals.

Plant scientist Professor Stephen Powles has accepted the American Chemical Society International Award for research in agrochemicals in Boston, USA.

Professor Powles is The University of Western Australia’s internationally recognised authority on herbicide resistance in plants, and is the first Australian to ever win the award.

He was granted the award by contributing outstanding scientific work to the field of agrochemicals at the international level, with his vision and sustained contribution having opened new horizons for investigators in his field and beyond.

Professor Powles and his team have more than 250 research papers published on herbicide resistance.

He is one of the world’s most highly cited agricultural scientists and is widely regarded as a foremost expert in herbicide resistance in plants.

Professor Powles was nominated for the award by Dr Todd Gaines of Colorado State University.

Mr Powles was a Tocal College student.

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