COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of the Texas A&M University Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Chemical Society’s Division of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.
The award was presented Sept. 10 at the society’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind.
Patil has been a leader in the society’s agriculture and food chemistry division for years and was chair of the 3,100-member division in 2007. He received the Outstanding Young Scientist award in 2003 and was selected as fellow of the division in 2009.
“Dr. Patil is most deserving of this award. He has served selflessly and has been responsible for organizing high-quality, well-attended symposia on fruit and vegetable bioactives for the division,” said Dr. Lauren Jackson, U.S. Food and Drug Administration official and member of the division. “He also has been essential in recruitment of young scientists as active members to our division, which ensures the continued path of producing excellent scientific programs.”
Patil, a native of Dambal, India, has received numerous awards in his career, including the Outstanding Graduate Education Award earlier this year by the American Society for Horticultural Sciences and the Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Science Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Research. He also received his nation’s Karnataka Rajyotsava award.
He is internationally known for his research and leadership on bioactive compounds in fruits and vegetables.