• Professor Herbert J. Kronzucker

Professor Kronzucker is a Full Professor and the Head of School of Agriculture and Food in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He also holds a Distinguished Professorship at the University of Toronto and is an Honorary Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is the founder and former Director of the Canadian Centre for World Hunger Research and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Plant Physiology (Elsevier). Professor Kronzucker obtained his PhD in Botany from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He has held a Rockefeller ‘Human Frontier’ Fellowship at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and Professorships at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto in Canada. From 2017 to 2018, he led the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne and, in 2018, was appointed to the leadership of the University’s School of Agriculture and Food. Professor Kronzucker’s research is on plant nutrition and ion transport in the world’s major cereal crops, in particular rice, with a focus on plant nitrogen relations, potassium homeostasis, sodium toxicity, micronutrients, and silicon. His primary work has been published in the premier international venues, including Nature, Nature Plants, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), and Trends in Plant Science, and has been prolifically featured in the popular media. He has won many prestigious awards, including a Canada Research Chair, a lifetime achievement award from Laval University, and a Bayer Science for a Better Life Award.