Professor Cathie Martin FRS has been awarded the prestigious 2022 Rank Prize for Nutrition in recognition of her outstanding research at the John Innes Centre into plant genetics and metabolism leading to enhanced nutritional qualities of fruits and vegetables.
The prize was formally awarded at a ceremony in London on July 4th. 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Rank Prize, which has been celebrating outstanding scientific breakthroughs since 1972. The Rank Prize is awarded biennially in the fields of nutrition and optoelectronics: two areas related to Lord Rank’s business interests. The prize is awarded to individuals who have made a significant contribution in these fields, where an initial idea has been carried through to practical application that has or will have demonstrable benefit to humanity.
Professor John Mathers, Chair of the Nutrition Committee said, “Professor Martin’s outstanding research combines fundamental insights into the genetics of metabolic processes in plants and how we can use them to enhance the nutritional composition of human foods. She is a powerful advocate, and practitioner, of plant science for human health. As we tackle the twin challenges of increasing human health and protecting the health of the planet, her research is globally significant.”
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