The Wageningen University Fund (WUF) research prize has been won by microbiology researcher Stan Brouns. He received a certificate and a 2500-euro cheque during the foundation day celebrations last Friday.
In his article, Brouns described an immune system which some bacteria use to defend themselves against viruses. These bacteria incorporate fragments of the hereditary material in their own genome, as a result of which this immunity becomes heritable and also protects their offspring. The system is therefore good for making industrial bacteria resistant to damaging infections.
The four judges on the panel, which included Rector Magnificus Kropff and Professor Ton Bisseling, were unanimous in their decisions. The WUF research prize is awarded once a year.