Dr. Scott Merkle has been recognized by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations for his research using somatic embryogenesis to propagate trees.
IUFRO is a nonprofit network of forest scientists that promotes global cooperation in forest-related research. Its goal is to enhance the understanding of the ecological, economic and social aspects of forests and trees. Uniting more than 15,000 scientists in more than 110 countries, IUFRO also recognizes the outstanding research contributions of its members.
Merkle was honored late last year at a meeting in La Plata, Argentina, for his “outstanding contributions by his scientific endeavors in the vegetative propagation of trees, especially somatic embryogenesis in hardwoods.”