Prof. Amir Sagi of the Ben- Gurion University of the Negev has won the Global
Aquaculture Alliance’s inaugural innovation award.
It was presented to
him at the GAA’s GOAL conference in Paris on Tuesday.
Sagi’s innovation –
a novel biotechnology application to produce an all-male population of the giant
freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii through temporal RNA interference –
was chosen among 15 applications from 10 countries – Australia, Canada, Chile,
Denmark, Ecuador, India, Peru, Korea, Taiwan and the United States.
award, sponsored by the international animal nutrition solutions company Novus,
was accompanied by a $1,000 cash prize.
Sagi is the former president of
the International Society of Invertebrate Reproduction and Development and
former dean of the faculty of Natural Sciences at Ben-Gurion
He holds the Lily and Sidney Oelbaum chair for Applied
Biochemistry at the Department of Life Sciences and the National Institute for
Biotechnology in the Negev. He presented his innovation to about 350 attendees
at GOAL 2013 on Tuesday.