Wada Memorial Award

2014 Wada Memorial Award

The third and the fourth Wada Memorial Award plates
The third and the fourth Wada Memorial Award plates

The fourth winner of the Wada Memorial Award is Professor Raghbir Chand Gupta of Punjabi University in India. The outstanding contribution of him and his coworkers is the exploration of intra-specific cyto-morphological diversity in Agrimonia eupatoria L. (Rosaceae) from the Western Himalayas in India. A perusal of worldwide cytological literature in Agrimonia indicates that all the species have been cytologically worked out, showing that cytotypes with 2n=28 and 2n=56 are common. The diploid cytotype is primarily concentrated in the Western countries, covering most of Europe. In the far eastern side of the world, i.e. in Japan, only tetraploid cytotypes have been reported. However, in the middle part of Eurasia, i.e. Russia, both diploid and tetraploid cytotypes co-exist. Gupta and coworkers showed that the Western Himalayas of India show rich intra-population and intra-cytotype variability of this genus. We would like to award his long-term contribution to chromosome research and his efforts towards a fertile world, exemplified by the following article on Indian vegetation and their fruitfulness.

Kumar, S., Jeelani, S. M., Rani, S., Kumari, S. and Gupta, R. C. 2011. Exploration of Intraspecific Cytomorphological Diversity in Agrimonia eupatoria L. (Rosaceae) from Western Himalayas, India. Cytologia 76: 81-88.

August 2014

Wada Award Committee

  • Shigeyuki Kawano, Dr. Sci.
  • Toshiyuki Nagata, Dr. Sci.
  • Momoki Hirai, Dr. Sci.
  • Masahiro Hizume, Dr. Sci.
  • Sachihiro Matsunaga, Ph. D.

2013 Wada Memorial Award

The first and the second Wada Memorial Award plates
The first and the second Wada Memorial Award plates

The third winner of the Wada Memorial Award is Professor Vijay Kumar Singhal of Punjabi University in India. His outstanding contribution is the discovery that cytomixis involving chromatin transfer seems to be directly responsible for causing meiotic abnormalities, pollen sterility and heterogeneous-sized apparently fertile pollen grains in Clematis montana. The large-sized pollen grains, formed relatively infrequently in the species, are almost double the size of normal-sized pollen grains and appear to be of 2n constitution and of unreduced nature. Such pollen grains may be the origin of polyploid cytotypes in the species as has been reported in Chrysanthemum, Alopecurus and Catbrosa. Cytomixis on meiotic course resulting in pollen sterility, 2n and variable-sized pollen grains has also been reported in a number of cases by Singhal and his coworkers as well as by other researchers. The following article by Singhal and his coworkers is the most frequently cited article of Cytologia over the last five years (2010-2014).

Singhal, V. K., Kaur, S. and Kumar, P. 2010. Aberrant Male Meiosis, Pollen Sterility and Variable Sized Pollen Grains in Clematis montana Buch.-Ham. ex DC. from Dalhousie hills, Himachal Pradesh. Cytologia 75: 31-36.

August 2013

Wada Award Committee

  • Shigeyuki Kawano, Dr. Sci.
  • Toshiyuki Nagata, Dr. Sci.
  • Momoki Hirai, Dr. Sci.
  • Masahiro Hizume, Dr. Sci.
  • Sachihiro Matsunaga, Ph. D.

2012 Wada Memorial Award

The second winner of the Wada Memorial Award is Dr. Alongklod Tanomtong from Thailand. His outstanding contributions to the chromosome characterization of primates and wild cats, alongside other organisms which are native to Thailand, are acknowledged as being of particular significance, as many of his research subjects are endangered organisms. In this era of biodiversity under threat, the importance of such papers should be particularly noted. In view of this, the Committee has selected Dr. Tanomtong as a deserving recipient, and will invite him to contribute an article to this journal covering these topics.

June 2012

Wada Award Committee

  • Shigeyuki Kawano, Dr. Sci.
  • Toshiyuki Nagata, Dr. Sci.

2011 Wada Memorial Award

It is our utmost pleasure to announce Dr. Sheikh Shamimul Alam from Bangladesh as the first winner of the Wada Memorial Award. The Wada Award Committee recognizes and appreciates his continuous efforts to explore the molecular and cytological aspects of plants native to Bangladesh and to publish them in this journal. The Committee has selected Dr. Alam for the award as a sign of its gratitude to his dedication to the field, and would like to invite him to write an article outlining his research activities.

June 2011

Wada Award Committee

  • Shigeyuki Kawano, Dr. Sci.
  • Toshiyuki Nagata, Dr. Sci.

About Wada Memorial Award

Aim: This Award has been created to encourage the submission of high quality papers to Cytologia. The Selection Committee of the Wada Award Committee will, on an annual basis, select papers considered to be worthy of the award, based on the significance and frequency of citation of the respective papers. The author(s) of the paper will be named as recipient(s) of the Wada Memorial Award; their names will be announced in the journal.

History: Cytologia was founded in 1929 by the late Professor Kenjiro Fujii of the University of Tokyo, the first teaching chair of genetics in Japan. Since then, the journal has been published without interruption, even during the Second World War and the hard times that followed. Since its inception, Cytologia has been supported financially, in part, by the Wada Kunkokai Foundation. In recognition of this contribution, we have established the Wada Memorial Award to commemorate the late Bungo Wada, professor of the University of Tokyo, co-founder of this journal, and former Representative of the Wada Kunkokai Foundation.

Eligibility: All papers, including review articles and invited papers, published in Cytologia during the preceding fiscal year will be eligible for the Award.

Selection Procedure: The selection of papers for the Wada Memorial Award will be conducted by the Wada Award Committee in June of each respective year.