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On 6 September 2018, Prof. Harro Bouwmeester (Plant Hormone Biology), received The Sandmeyer Award 2018. Bouwmeester, together with three scientists of Syngenta Crop Protection AG in Switzerland, were rewarded €17.700 for their exceptional work in the field of industrial or applied chemistry.

Prof Harro Bouwmeester, Plant Hormone Biology
Harro Bouwmeester. Photo: Dirk Gillisen

The prize-winning quartet received accolades for their pioneering work on strigolactones, a family of plant hormones produced by the plant's roots. Together the group explored novel areas of application for this group of hormones.


The Sandmeyer Award is awarded to an individual (€8.700) - excluding tenured professors - or to a group (€17.700) for outstanding work in industrial or applied chemistry. The work must be completed in Switzerland or with the involvement of a Swiss national, which must have made a substantial contribution to the work. The prize is awarded annually.