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APRES awards ceremony honors students, members

APRES awards recognize outstanding achievements

A highlight of the annual American Peanuts Research and Education Society annual meeting is the awards ceremony, which honors the outstanding achievements of APRES members as well the Joe Suggs Graduate Student presentation and a graduate student poster competition.

Research papers and posters presented by graduate students at the APRES 51st meeting offered a look into the future of agricultural research and innovation.

Presentations covered the gamut of peanut production, says Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia plant pathologist and moderator of the Joe Suggs Graduate Student research presentation competition.

 “The scope of these presentations covers from before the peanut is planted through the value of the crop as a source of nutrition,” Kemerait said following the final presentation.

He said the presentations included basic research, the results of which may improve peanut production, storage, efficiency and nutrition within 10 years, and also practical studies “that farmers can use next year. Research evaluated products on the market now.

“The papers also displayed excellence in research and presentation,” he added.

Other awards were presented for outstanding research, distinguished service and for the best paper presented at last year’s annual meeting.

Also, three long-time APRES members were honored as Fellows of the Society.

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