Mumbai, India, December 6, 2015 – Dr. Greg Constable, already one of the world’s most renowned cotton scientists, has yet another significant achievement to add to his resumé: being named 2015 Researcher of the Year by the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).
The announcement was made during the inaugural session of ICAC’s 74th
Plenary Meeting and recognized Dr. Constable for the advancements he’s made in cotton breeding and crop management systems. His knowledge of cotton physiology has been instrumental in the development of many new cotton varieties, several of which are used extensively in cotton-producing countries around the world.
Dr. Constable has spent much of his 46-year career working for The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), one of Australia’s primary scientific research organizations, and has achieved an extensive list of accomplishments during that time:
- Inaugural chair of the first World Cotton Research Conference, which was held in Brisbane in 1994,
- First and current chairman of the International Cotton Researchers Association, and
- Key organizer of the first meeting of cotton breeders and molecular biologists in Australia, which eventually became the International Cotton Genome Initiative.
Australia’s cotton industry sets the world’s gold standard for yields, which are three times higher than the global average.
“Around the world, scientists have made great strides in reducing cotton’s environmental footprint, which has been cut in half over the last 20 years or so,” Dr. Constable said. “I believe that reductions in the usage of pesticides and herbicides, combined with the major gains we’ve made in water use efficiency, have brought us to the point where cotton has a smaller impact on the environment than synthetic fibers like polyester do.”