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U.S. Scientist is Wolf Prize Winner

An American plant pathologist, Dr. Theodor Diener, will be this years’s recipient of the Wolf Foundation’s $100,000 prize for agriculture, the Education Ministry announced Tuesday. Diener will be cited “for his discovery and pioneering fundamental research on viroids, the smallest subviral pathogens, and his applied work on viroid detection in crops.” Diener was born in Zurich in 1921 and educated in Switzerland. He has been a pathologist at the Plant Protection Institute of the U.S. Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Md., since 1959.

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