Kabbage team named WARF Innovation Award finalist

Pictured from left to right: CALS Dean Kathryn VandenBosch, Mehdi Kabbage, WARF Intellectual Property Manager Victoria Sutton

Mehdi Kabbage, Damon Smith and Ashish Ranjan of Plant Pathology were honored as finalists at the 2017 WARF Innovation Awards for their work developing modified soybeans with resistance to abiotic and biotic stress.

By targeting soybean oxidative machinery, the team has generated plants with increased resistance to Sclerotinia Stem Rot disease as well as drought tolerance.

The finalists were drawn from approximately 380 invention disclosures submitted to WARF over the past 12 months. Criteria include potential long-term impact and broad benefits for humankind.

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is the independent, nonprofit organization that works to protect and commercialize campus discoveries. It is proud to partner with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in support of visionary research.

To learn more about the Innovation Awards, visit the WARF website.