The first edition of the AgroBioTop award for the plant virology research


On December 4th 2017, for the first time the prestigious scientific prize AgroBioTop Award was presented in Warsaw. It is a new programme honouring scientific achievements in biotechnology, opening up new perspectives for the development of farming. The award have been funded by Bayer.
The AgroBioTop Prize has been designed to reward young, professionally active scientists whose recognized achievements in biotechnology have contributed to the development of agricultural sciences and have made an outstanding contribution to the development of farming. This is an annual individual financial recognition awarded by an independent chapter, established by the Committee of Biotechnology at the Polish Academy of Sciences. The award amounts to EUR 5,000.

Doctor Beata Hasiów-Jaroszewska from the Institute of Plant Protection – National Research Institute in Poznań received the AgroBioTop Award in 2017 for the development and implementation of new diagnostic methods for detection and identification of various plant viruses also in greenhouse and field conditions, says Professor Maciej Żylicz, the Chairperson of the Award Chapter. Developing a sensitive, simple and fast method of detecting very diverse virus populations which attack, for instance, tomatoes, potatoes, courgettes and cucumbers allow for early detection of pathogens and appropriate prevention measures. These new diagnostic techniques have been implemented at the Plant Disease Clinic of the Institute of Plant Protection – National Research Institute in Poznań.

Beata Hasiów-Jaroszewska is an associate professor at the Department of Virology and Bacteriology of the Institute of Plant Protection – National Research Institute in Poznań. She holds a PhD Hab. degree in agricultural sciences in the field of agronomy, and she is also a biotechnologist – a graduate of the Faculty of Biology at the Adam Mickiewicz University.

Innovation plays a major role in helping farmers overcome the challenges they face, and science is crucial here, says Matthew Frost, Country Division Head Poland/Baltics Crop Science, Bayer. Modern and sustainable agriculture – this is the focus of Bayer. We want to foster this, both through our daily work in research and development and with farmers, and also through collaboration with the scientific community. The AgroBio Top Award is a manifestation of this.

Plant ETP facilities the flow of innovation to the market and believes that AgroBioTop award is an important step towards addressing the public debate surrounding research in modern agriculture, by showing specific example of how farmers can benefit from innovative solutions. We are proud that, Aleksandra Małyska, Plant ETP Executive Manager was a member of AgroBioTop jury panel.

This is the first programme in Poland that promotes achievements in agricultural sciences – and for this reason it is so much needed, says Doctor Beata Hasiów-Jaroszewska. AgroBioTop Award is a very important distinction for me and, at the same time, it is an appreciation of the contribution in the field of plant virology to the development of agricultural sciences.

Doctor Beata Hasiów-Jaroszewska, despite her young age, boasts impressive achievements. She has won a Ministry of Science and Higher Education scholarship for young eminent scientists (twice); she has been the winner of the “START” and “Mentoring” Programme by the Foundation for Polish Science; and she has received the Prime Minister's Award for her doctoral dissertation. Beata Hasiów-Jaroszewska has participated in many scientific programmes, including the programme for young innovators at Stanford University in Silicon Valley as well as traineeships and training courses in Brazil, Egypt, Spain, Syria, Italy, and the Netherlands. She was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit. Beata Hasiów-Jaroszewska is 37 years old, and she lives in Poznań.