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South Georgia man receives high and prestigious honor

March 13, 2008

Tifton--A South Georgia agricultural researcher is recognized by Israel for his advancements in farming.

Dr. W. Joe Lewis is the recipient of the 2008 Wolf Foundation Prize in Agriculture.

Lewis was honored today at a reception at the University of Georgia Tift Campus for his work in pest management. He discovered that an invasion of insects can be thwarted by other bugs, eliminating the need for pesticides.

Lewis said the chemical communications that go on between insects and plants and beneficial insects has allowed a way to rethink how pest outbreaks are managed.

Israeli Consul General Reda Mansour was pleased by Lewis's efforts. He said the research done by him has really helped Israel in the field of agriculture as a way to make it more high-tech.

The prize, which includes 100,000 dollars, will be awarded to Lewis by Israeli President Simon Perez in Israel in May.

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