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Ilan Chet (Hebrew: אילן חת) (born April 12, 1939) is an Israeli microbiologist and a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot. He was appointed Deputy Secretary General of the Union of the Mediterranean in 2010 with responsibility for its Higher Education and Research Division
Chet is recognized as a pioneer in the field of biological control of plant pathogens which cause major crop losses. His research concerns with the biological control of plant disease using environment-friendly microorganisms, focusing on the basic, applied, and biotechnological aspects of this field. Chet has published over 300 articles in international scientific journals, edited three books in his field, and holds 30 patents.
Awards and honors
Chet has received several awards and honors for his work.
- In 1990, he was awarded the Rothschild Prize in Agriculture.
- In 1991, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Sweden's Lund University
- In 1994, he received the Max-Planck Award for Distinguished Research.
- In 1996, he received the Japanese Arima Prize for Applied Microbiology.
- In 1996, he was awarded the Israel Prize in agriculture.
- In 1998, he received the Wolf Prize in Agriculture.
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