Jacklin Seed Researcher Garners Three Science Awards

The Simplot Company’s Jacklin Seed lead researcher walked away from an international science and industry meeting this fall with three of the most prestigious awards in the turf and horticulture industry.

Dr. Doug Brede, research director for Jacklin Seed, was recognized by his peers in the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) with three major awards for scientific achievement:

  • The Genetics and Plant Breeding Award for Industry from the National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders
  • The Fred V. Grau Turfgrass Science Award
  • The Crop Science Society of America Fellow Award (the highest Recognition bestowed by the Society)

While most researchers would be honored to win one of these awards in a lifetime, to win three in one year is an accomplishment for which both Brede and the Simplot Corporation are proud.

“I am grateful to be recognized by the crop science industry with such remarkable awards,” Brede said. “It is one thing to put forth your best effort for your customers and your company, it is quite another thing to receive this kind global recognition for doing what you do every day.”

Brede’s drive to improve turf grass varieties is the stuff of legend. He has developed over 60 popular turf varieties including Nu Destiny Kentucky bluegrass and T-1 creeping bentgrass, both of which rank No. 1 in National Turfgrass Program trials. His research team has developed, released and patented top cultivars in nine other grass species.

Brede is also a recognized author in the industry, with 73 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, 94 technical articles and abstracts, 72 magazine articles, and book entitled “Turfgrass Maintenance Reduction Handbook” which has become a favorite guide for lawn and turf management for homeowners and landscapers.

Before joining Jacklin Seed in 1986, Brede was associate professor of turfgrass management at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at Penn State University in turfgrass agronomy.

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