New Zealand Hails Expert For Crowned Chinese Scientist Award

Dr. Phil Rolston, senior scientist at New Zealand’s AgResearch Lincoln institute, has been awarded China’s top science prize for his work in farming.

Dr. Rolston, received the award at a ceremony hosted in Beijing earlier this month.

“The International Science and Technology Co-operation Award of the People’s Republic of China is that country’s highest accolade for foreign scientists,”, said New Zealand Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce said in a statement.

“Dr. Rolston has dedicated more than three decades of his working life to advance grasslands seed development and pasture improvement systems, especially in Gansu province. Improved soil fertility has meant higher-quality pastures for farmers, which is having a significant impact on productivity and profitability in the region”, said Joyce.

The New Zealand government welcomed the award as an example of the deepening scientific partnership between the two nations.

Article source: Xinhua, originally published 16 January 2015

Image: NZCTA 

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