University of Saskatchewan

September 16, 2014   

U OF S PLANT SCIENTIST WINS NATIONAL AWARD

November 04, 1999

The $5,000 award recognizes leadership and initiative in furthering university-industry co-operation in research. Award winners are selected by an arms-length panel of distinguished scholars.

"His work has had a significant economic impact, contributing to the international recognition of Canada as a major producer of high-quality pulses and vegetable oils," states Prof. Rowland's award citation.

Candidates are promising researchers carrying out significant collaborative industry-university research and development. Other criteria for the award include: vision, creativity, fostering multidisciplinary and international linkages, involving students in collaborative research projects, and providing tangible benefits for research partners or the Canadian economy.

Prof. Rowland's award is based upon his work as a very successful flax and faba-bean breeder and his role as director of the Crop Development Centre (CDC) from 1994 to 1995.

Rowland's early work with faba-beans contributed to a major program in pulse crop breeding at the CDC, which today encompasses lentils, peas, chickpeas and beans and is responsible for the seeding of about 2.3 million acres of these crops in Saskatchewan.

In recent years, he has applied sophisticated molecular biological techniques to develop flax varieties with oil suitable for human consumption. His work is opening the way to 'designing' vegetable oils to meet different human nutritional and food-industry demands.

Rowland has been at the U of S since 1972. He has established and nurtured extensive collaboration with industry partners including the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and Parsons Seeds Ltd. In 1998 he received the Ag-West Biotech Inc. Distinguished Scientist Award.

He received the Corporate-Higher Education Forum award at the Forum's recent annual meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

The U of S is a member of the Forum, which was formed in 1983 to foster understanding and collaboration between Canada's business and academic communities. Its members are chief executives of corporations and universities who share their knowledge and experience to anticipate needs and act on opportunities to strengthen their institutions and Canadian society as a whole.

For more information, contact:

Kathryn Warden
Research Communications Officer
Office of the Vice-President Research
(306) 966-2506

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