Wolf Prize in Agriculture

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UC Davis Honorees

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Jorge Dubcovsky

Jorge Dubcovsky, Distinguished Professor of Plant Sciences, director of the UC Davis Wheat Breeding Program and Wheat Molecular Genetics Laboratory, and international curator of the Catalogue of Gene Symbols for Wheat, is the 2014 recipient of the Wolf Prize. His discoveries led to the dramatic improvement of the health and nutritional quality of one of the world's foremost grains. Dubcovsky is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences. 



Gurdev Khush

A prominent international scientist and an adjunct professor emeritus of Plant Sciences, Gurdev Khush is known for his contributions to rice health and breeding. Khush received the Wolf Prize in 2000. He is also a World Food Prize Laureate (1996) with Henry Beachell, a recipient of the Japan Prize (1987), and an International Member of the National Academy of Sciences.  



Harris Lewin

Harris Lewin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Evolution and Ecology, Chair of the Earth BioGenome Project executive council, and former Vice Chancellor for Research at Davis, was one of two recipients worldwide of the Wolf Prize in 2011. His pioneering work in mapping the bovine genome has led to important consequences for animal and human health. Lewin is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a recipient of an Explorers Club James Russell Lowell Prize, and a recipient of the International Cooperation Zhongguancun Award of the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation. 

Pam Ronald

Pamela Ronald 

Pamela Ronald, Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology and founding director of the Interdisciplinary Forum to Advance Science Learning at Davis, was awarded the 2022 Wolf Prize in Agriculture. Her research facilitated the development of high-yielding rice varieties with improved disease resistance and environmental stress tolerance. Ronald is a GCHERA World Agricultural Prize laureate, a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.