South African student dubbed number 1 scientist in the world

South African student dubbed number 1 scientist in the world

University of Pretoria science student, Martin Wierzbicki, along with Elina Pääkkönen (Finland) and Chinmay Satam (USA) have won the 2018-2019 Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award. They were applauded for their novel wood-based research projects recently.

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The international competition, held in Canada, aims to attract submissions from aspiring scientists and young engineers to develop new solutions in using wood fibre.

Submissions were invited in two categories areas: future generation forestry and innovation in the wood-based industry. These issues are currently a hot topic as the world seeks greener solutions.

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South African student dubbed number 1 scientist in the world

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The Masters graduate from the University of Pretoria researched genome-based biotechnology for designer wood.

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Wierzbicki’s work has focused on how the genetic make-up of trees can be changed to improve how wood reacts to industrial processing.

According to GoodThingsGuy.com, he hopes that his work will help companies to reduce the loss of valuable components during wood processing.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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