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Biography Marc Van Montagu

Marc Van Montagu, Em. Professor at Ghent University, Belgium, is a pioneer in molecular biology. He and his colleague, Jeff Schell, discovered the mechanism of DNA transfer from Agrobacterium tumefaciens to plants, and constructed the first chimerical plant genes.Van Montagu used his new technology to study gene regulation and to discover the molecular basis of several plant physiological reactions. He also produced major contributions in the identification of genes involved in plant growth, development and flowering.He ranks among the 100 top living contributors to biotechnology and is one of the most cited scientists in the field of plant & animal science. His laboratory raised two spin-offs, Plant Genetic Systems (PGS), and CropDesign. He has been collecting numerous awards, including the Japan Prize. In 1990, due to his scientific accomplishments, he received the title of Baron. He is a member of several academies of science, engineering and agriculture (USA, Russia, France,and Italy)
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