Jorge Dubcovsky, a plant geneticist at the University of California–Davis, (UC–Davis) was selected to receive the 2014 Wolf Prize in Agriculture. This annual award from the Wolf Foundation honors outstanding scientists and artists in the fields of agriculture, chemistry, physics, mathematics, medicine and the arts.
The Wolf Foundation committee wrote that Dubcovsky’s "combined basic and applied approach was able to dramatically improve the nutritional value of wheat."
Dubcovsky, a native of Argentina, joined the UC–Davis faculty in 1996. During the past two decades, his research has led to isolating genes in the wheat genome and deploying those genes into wheat cultivars. Along with his colleagues, he has identified and cloned genes involved in disease resistance, protein content, flowering and frost tolerance. This work has helped researchers and breeders accelerate the development of more nutritious and better-adapted wheat varieties.
The Wolf Foundation was established in 1975 by the late German-born diplomat, philanthropist and inventor, Dr. Ricardo Wolf. Wolf prizes have been handed out annually since 1978 to scientists and artists.