Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Marc C.E. Van Montagu

Dr. Marc C.E. Van Montagu

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    10 November 1933

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 1998 Japan Prize

Major Awards

1985 Stevens Prize (V.C.V., Belgium)
1987 Rank Prize for Nutrition, U.K.
1988 IBM Europe Prize
1989 Prize of the Flemish Community
1990 Charles L E opold Mayer Prize, Academy of Science, France
1990 Dr. Rudolf Maag Prizes, Switzerland 1990 De Leeuw-Damry-Bourlart Prize

Membership in Academic Institutions and Societies

European Molecular Biology Organization Council
Active member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Belgium
Member of the Academia Europa
Elected member of the World Academy of Art and Science
Fellow of the International Institute of Biotechnology
Member of the European Environmental Research Organization
Elected foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Sweden
Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
Elected foreign member of the Académie d'Agriculture de France
Elected member of the International Advisory Board of the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas, Spain
Elected corresponding member of the American Society of Plant Physiologists
Elected President of Committee for Biotechnology of the International Council of Scientific Unions
Elected associated member of the Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences

Academic Degrees

1955 Graduated from Rijksuniversiteit Gent
1965 Ph.D. from Rijksuniversiteit Gent

Professional Career

1979-87 Associate Professor and co-director Faculty of Science, Laboratory of Genetics Rijksuniversiteit Gent
1982-96 Scientific Director and member of the Board of Directors Plant Genetic Systems Inc.
1987-Present Full Professor of Faculty of Sciences Laboratory of Genetics, Rijksuniversiteit Gent
1987-Present Scientific Director of the Genetics Department Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology


  • Professor, Department of Genetics, University of Ghent, Belguim

Major Publications and Scientific Papers

  • Zaenen, I., Van Larebeke, N., Teuchy, H., Van Montagu, M., and Schell, J. Supercoiled circular DNA in crown-gall inducing Agrobacterium strains. J. Mol. Biol. 86, 109-127 (1974).
  • Genetello, C., Van Larebeke, N., Holsters, M., Depicker, A., Van Montagu., and Schell, J. The Ti-plasmid of Agrobacterium as conjugative plasmids. Nature 265, 561-563 (1977).
  • Hernalsteens, J.P., Van Vliet, F., De Beuckeleer, M., Depicker, A., Engler, G., Lemmers, M., Holsters, M., Van Montagu, M., and Schell, J. The Agrobacterium tumefaciens Ti plasmid as a host vector system for introducing foreign DNA in plant cells. Nature 287, 654-656 (1980).
  • Herrera-Estrella, L., Depicker, A., Van Montagu, M., and Schell, J. Chimaeric genes are transferred and expressed in plant cells using a Ti plasmid-derived vector. Nature 303, 209-213 (1983).
  • Caplan, A., Herrera-Estrella, L., Inze, D., Van Haute, E., Van Montagu, M., and Schell, J., and Zambryski, P. Introduction of genetic material into plant cells. Science 222, 815-821 (1983).
  • Wang, K., Herrera-Estrella, L., Van Montagu, M., and Zambryski, P. Right 25-bp terminus sequences of the nopaline T-DNA is essential for and determines direction of DNA transfer from Agrobacterium to the plant genome. Cell 38, 455-462 (1984)
  • Koukolikova-Nicola, Z., Shillito, R.D., Hohn, B., Wang, K., Van Montagu, M., and Zambryski, P. Involvement of circular intermediates in the transfer of T-DNA from Agrobacterium tumefaciens to plant cells. Nature 312, 191-196 (1985).
  • Vaeck, M., Reynaerts, A., Hofte, H., Jansens, S., De Beuckeleer, M., Dean, C., Zabeau, M., Van Montagu, M., and Leemans, J. Transgenic plants protected from insect attack. Nature 328, 33-37 (1987).
  • De Block, M., Botterman, J., Vandewiele, M., Dockx, J., Thoen, C., Gossele, V., Roa Movva, N., Thompson, C., Van Montagu, M., and Leemans, J. Engineering herbicide resistance in plants by expression of a detoxifying enzyme. EMBO J. 6, 2513-2518 (1987).
  • Van Camp, W., Willekens, H., Bowler, C., Van Montagu, M., Inze, D., Reupold-Popp, P., Sandermann, H. Jr, and Langebartels, C. Elevated levels of superoxide dismutase protect transgenic plants against ozone damage. Biotechnology 12, 165-168 (1994)
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