Dr. Paul Lyrene Recognized for Continued Advances

Horticultural Sciences Emeritus Professor Dr. Paul Lyrene is the winner of the Professor Emeritus Research Award, given for continued contributions to research after retirement. Dr. Lyrene “retired” in 2009, yet he has been instrumental in the continued success and expansion of the blueberry breeding program. He continues to publish research in the area, with several papers in 2012 and one in this month’s Hortscience. He recently commented that it has been an especially productive time because now he has the freedom to work without the burdens of administering an academic breeding program.  Dr. Lyrene will receive the 2013 Professor Emeritus Research Award at the 2013 IFAS Research Awards Ceremony on April 25. Dr. Lyrene’s successes anchor a substantial blueberry industry in the State of Florida.  The blueberry breeding program continues to move foward with new, innovative cultivars that meet Florida’s many challenges, ensuring high-quality berries for years to come.

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