Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

February 26, 2016 16:44 ET

AAFC Scientist Receives Honour from China

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 26, 2016) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Dr. Vern Burrows, an emeritus scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) Ottawa Research and Development Centre, was presented with The International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award of the People's Republic of China during a luncheon on February 25, 2016. The award is granted to foreign scientists, engineers, managers, or organizations that have made important contributions to China's bilateral or multilateral scientific and technological cooperation.

Quick facts

  • Collaborating with agricultural centres and scientists in China, Dr. Burrows developed oat varieties that grow well in that country's dry and saline soil conditions, opening up new economic opportunities for Chinese farmers and increasing China's food security.
  • During his six decade career, Dr. Burrows has developed and registered 28 new oat varieties including "Donald" and "Cavena Nuda."
  • His ongoing collaboration has helped strengthen the relationship between China and Canada.
  • Dr. Burrows was inducted into the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame in 2014.


"Oats are an important crop that can help us solve many problems related to agriculture, health, and nutrition and I am committed to finding these solutions."

  • Dr. Vern Burrows, Research Scientist Emeritus, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

"Dr. Burrows' research has generated a tremendous legacy, not only for Canadian agriculture, but for the advancement of international cooperation addressing global food security challenges."

  • Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Additional links

Lab coats and naked oats: The Vern Burrows Story (Video)

Ottawa Research and Development Centre

AAFC Scientific Cooperation with China

Canada-China Agriculture Science Network

China Bestows Rare Honour on Canadian Agricultural Scientist (2012)

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Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario