Dr Victor Shevtsov passes away

June 4, 2012 at 6:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Dr Victor Shevtsov

Dr Victor Shevtsov

Dr Victor Shevtsov, one of Russia’s most respected barley breeders, passed away on 8 May 2012, at the age of 71. He suffered a heart attack while in the field, checking his barley trials.
Dr Shevtsov was head of the barley program at the Krasnodar Research Institute of Agriculture, Russia’s premier breeding center for barley. He was also a part of the ICARDA family, serving as Visiting Scientist and Barley Breeder for six years in the mid 1990s and early 2000s. During a career that spanned more than 40 years, Dr Shevtsov developed spring and winter barley varieties that are grown on millions of hectares in Russia and neighboring countries – including genotypes with exceptionally high levels of cold and frost tolerance. He also contributed to the development of the world barley core collection in the 1990s, and more recently to the development of a global strategy for conservation of barley genetic resources.
Dr Shevtsov was buried in Krasnodar, where he was born and spent most of his professional life. He will be sorely missed by the scientific community – and by farmers, who benefited so greatly from his work.


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