Distinguished alumnus wins Prime Minister's Science Prize

21 October 2015

The world needs to produce more food and produce it more efficiently.

Distinguished ANU alumnus Professor Graham Farquhar (BSc '69, PhD '73) has won Australia's top science prize for his work on water-efficient crops and to help the world understand the impacts of climate change.

Professor Farquhar has won the 2015 Prime Minister's Prize for Science.

A global leader in plant biophysics and photosynthesis, Professor Farquhar has helped develop new water-efficient varieties of wheat, improved global food security, and discovered evaporation and winds speeds are slowing as the climate changes.

Professor Farquhar said the award was recognition of the great work being done by teams of plant scientists at ANU.

"It's a great honour for both me, and for my colleagues," Professor Farquhar said. "It is recognition of work I've been part of at ANU now on and off since about 1970."

The Prime Minister's prize is the latest in a string of accolades for Professor Farquhar.

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