Bhimu Patil, director of the Texas A&M Vegetable Improvement Center, and Dante Galle ( Courtesy Texas A&M AgriLife Research/Blair Fannin )

Bhimu Patil, Texas A&M University professor and director of the Vegetable Improvement Center, College Station, Texas, has received the Texas A&M University Professorship.

The honor recognizes Texas A&M faculty for significant and sustained accomplishments in their discipline, according to a news release. Patil, one of six university professors receiving the inaugural award, was recognized for his research at the center, which focuses on improving health by examining compounds in fruits and vegetables, according to the release.

“Dr. Patil has been an incredible ally to the Texas fruit and vegetable industry over the last few decades,” Dante Galeazzi, CEO and president of the Texas International Produce Association, Mission, said in the release. “His commitment in areas such as melons and onions — two of the top fresh produce crops in the state — has been nothing short of amazing.”

Galeazzi said Patil advocates on behalf of growers.

“Whether speaking to state or federal entities, putting grants in place for all U.S. growers, or even helping the fresh fruit and vegetable industry understand more about the science that goes into specialty crop production, we know we can count on Dr. Patil,” he said in the release.

The professors were honored at a May 8 event.

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