Plant & Food Research scientists honoured

Two Plant & Food Research scientists have been awarded one of the highest honours in horticultural science. Ross Ferguson and Ian Ferguson (no relation) were made Fellows of the International Society for Horticultural Science, the world’s leading independent organisation of horticultural scientists at the 29th International Horticultural Congress in Brisbane.

They join a select group of fellows: just 19 people have been so recognised. A fellow is chosen by the ISHS Council in recognition of outstanding contributions to horticultural science.

Dr Ross Ferguson has undertaken research in kiwifruit for nearly 40 years and is one of the leading authorities on kiwifruit biology.

Dr Ian Ferguson is a leading authority on postharvest science and skilled in the application of scientific knowledge to solve problems of the horticulture industry. He is a former Chief Scientist of Plant & Food Research and now works as Science Advisor to the Ministry of Primary Industries.

The 29th International Horticultural Congress was hosted by the Australian Society of Horticultural Science, the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science.

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