Joseph Goffreda, associate professor of plant biology and pathology and director of the Rutgers Fruit and Ornamental Research Extension Center was one of seven individuals honored with the “Inventor of the Year Award” by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame on Oct. 22.
Goffreda shared the spotlight with two other Rutgers professors, Peter Lobel and David Sleat, professor and associate professor in the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, who received the organization’s “Innovators Award” for developing the first-ever effective method to deliver therapy for a progressive childhood illness known as Batten Disease.
Goffreda was honored for breeding a hybrid peach (NJF16) marketed under the name TangOs®, which has a combination of attributes attractive to commercial producers and consumers, yet is resistant to major diseases, particularly bacterial spot.
“I feel honored to receive this award on behalf of all the past breeders that have contributed to the tree fruit breeding program since its inception in 1907,” said Goffreda. “Tree fruit breeding is a long and arduous endeavor that is tremendously rewarding when everything comes together.” [Read more…]