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Mogens Sandø Lund receives ST Industrial Collaboration Award

The ST Industrial Collaboration Award 2017 goes to Professor Mogens Sandø Lund, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, for his long-standing efforts and considerable influence on business collaboration regarding refinement and breeding in Denmark.

Mogens Sandø Lund. Photo: Tamo Meijburg.

Science and Technology has again this year awarded six prizes to staff at the faculty. The six ST Awards were presented in connection with the ST SUMMER HANGOUT on Friday 25 August 2017.

Recognition is important. Recognition is the key to what motivates us to make great efforts. Recognition of specific achievements focuses attention on our values. Giving recognition is something we are not always good enough at doing in our busy lives. This is something where there is much room for improvement.

To celebrate members of staff who have made great efforts – generally and during the year that has passed since last year’s summer celebration – we present six prizes that give recognition. The six prizes are awarded in different areas, and each one consists of a diploma and the sum of DKK 10,000. The six prizes are:

ST Education Award: Ditlev Egeskov Brodersen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetic
ST Industrial Collaboration Award: Mogens Sandø Lund, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
ST Science Award: Lars Hestbjerg Hansen, Department of Environmental Science 
ST TAP Award: Jacques Chevallier,  Department of Physics and Astronomy  and iNANO
ST Talent Award: William Joyce, Department of Bioscience, 
ST Public Sector Consultancy Award: Hanne Damgaard Poulsen, Department of Animal Science

Photo: Science and Technology

Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen:

Through his research, Professor Lund has focused on exploiting genomic information (genotypes and full genome sequencing) and phenotypes to understand the background for complex and economically important properties such as diseases, production, reproduction and product quality in crops and livestock.

This basic research has had such great commercial potential for plant refinement and livestock breeding that a number of collaborations have been established with plant and livestock breeders. As the main applicant, Professor Lund has thus secured projects valued at more than DKK 200 million with a number of refinement and breeding companies during the course of the last decade. These include VikingGenetics, SEGES (formerly VSP Pig Research Centre), Nordic Cattle Genetic Evaluation (NAV), Kopenhagen Fur, AquaSearch, Danish Warmblood, DLF Trifolium, Nordic Seed, Sejet Plant Breeding, LKF Vandel and EuroGenomics. The main focus is on cattle, but the collaborations also include pigs, mink, horses, trout, grass, wheat, barley and potatoes.

Professor Lund is also a member of a number of steering groups for business-oriented projects, especially in the field of genomic selection.