Testimonials for Pioneer Member Derek Bewley

Allan Feurtado – During my MSc degree, Derek was inspirational and taught a naïve undergraduate student the ins and outs of experimental studies in plants with a focus on seed biology. From informal conversations in the lunch room to the formalities of courses and thesis research, Derek was the ‘seed’ that laid the foundation in a scientist’s research career now focused on adaptation to abiotic stress in crops. There are many such stories from Derek’s storied career as a preeminent seed biologist in which he significantly contributed to our understanding of seed physiology and development through his research and scholarly outreach to so many. Many of the ‘seeds’ in which Derek was key for their ‘germination’ have grown to become accomplished scientists in their own right – spreading scientific knowledge for the world’s benefit. Thanks Derek!