Two academics at Tohoku University have made it onto this year's Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers. They are Professor Shinjiro Yamaguchi and Associate Professor Shusei Sato, both from the Graduate School of Life Sciences.
Yamaguchi's work is on plant hormones. "We study how plant hormones are synthesized and how they operate. Plant hormones play an important role in agriculture and horticulture, for example the mutation that led to increased crop yield in the 1950s and 60s known as the Green Revolution. I'm studying plant hormones that will hopefully contribute to food production in the future."
While Sato has been involved in projects analyzing plant genome, such as Lotus Japonicus. "My goal is to have sustainable agriculture in a natural way without the use of chemicals."
The annual Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list recognizes leading academics in the sciences and social sciences, and credits them for their influence in published research.
Some 3,000 researchers from around the world were selected for this year's list. Selections are based on the number of Highly Cited Papers published during the 11-year period from 2003-2013 across 21 subject categories. Highly cited papers are defined by Thomson Reuters as those that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year indexed in the Web of Science database.
"It's a great honour for me to get this award. I need to thank all my collaborators because they are the reason I was selected," said Sato.
"Knowing that I'm highly cited makes me happy," said Yamaguchi. "I feel really encouraged to continue my research work."
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