Ben Gurion University professor Amir Sagi won the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s inaugural innovation award, which was presented to him at the GAA’s GOAL conference in Paris, France on Tuesday.
Sagi’s innovation, which involves a novel biotechnology application to produce all male populations of the giant freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii through temporal RNA interference, was chosen among 15 other applications from 10 other countries including Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, India, Peru, Korea, Taiwan and the United States.
The award, sponsored by the international animal nutrition solutions company Novus, was accompanied by a $ 1,000 cash prize.
Sagi is the past president of the International Society of Invertebrate Reproduction and Development and former Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Ben-Gurion University. 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.