1933 – Marc Van Montagu was born. He is the founder and Chairman of the Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach at Ghent University in Belgium. It is also founder of two biotechnology companies: Plant Genetic Systems and Crop Design.
In June 2013 Montagu become World Food Prize laureate with Robert Fraley (Monsanto) and Mary-Dell Chilton (Syngenta), as stated by the US Secretary of state: “for their role in modern plant biotechnology, creating the fundamenta for pesticide and disease resistant crops, as well as crops resistant to extreme weather conditions and the possibility of resolving world hunger by increasing yields and food availability.”
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