Leading light in food security honoured

March 15, 2016

One of the world’s greatest authorities on food security in Asia was honoured with a prestigious award from Murdoch University.

Professor Paul Teng received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Murdoch UniversityProfessor Paul Teng was presented with an Honorary Doctorate in Science at a Murdoch University graduation ceremony held in Singapore on Sunday 13 March.

Professor Teng is an expert in agri-technology, a field that includes biotechnology, science-based entrepreneurship, sustainable development and food security.

Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart praised the work of Professor Teng.

“Professor Teng’s advice was invaluable in developing the Second Murdoch Commission on Food security, trade and partnerships last year, a venture that tackled long term challenges of food security in the region,” Professor Taggart said.

“Murdoch is growing its research and innovation activities in Singapore, building on its 5,500 students, and we look forward to Professor Teng's ongoing engagement with our work in food security and biotechnology.”

A plant pathologist by training, Professor Teng has made major advances in addressing plant disease affecting developing countries during his extensive career, and his pioneering work is still used today in the United States and Asian rice growing regions.

Currently Professor Teng is the Principal Officer at the National Institute of Education and the Senior Fellow of Food Security at the Nanyang Technical University.

Over his career Professor Teng has held distinguished research and senior leadership roles in some of the world’s major centres of research excellence in the areas of plant pathology, fisheries and food security.

More recently, Professor Teng has been pursuing his interest in finding better ways to communicate with the public about agricultural biotechnology, particularly in relation to controversial food safety and security issues.

He is also a keen advocate of science entrepreneurship promoting how innovation and enterprise can be targeted to the needs of new economies.

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