Youssef received the award on Monday evening together with Corinna Dawid from the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan for their recently published work describing how the plant immune system is able to recognize bacterial small fatty acids and induce immune responses. According to Thomas Hofmann, president-elect of the Technical University of Munich, who awarded the prize, their work will lead to a "Paradigm shift in science" and could enable breeders to develop more pathogen-resistant crops.
This is the sixth time that the biannual Science Award Weihenstephan of the City of Freising has been presented. The prize is intended to honour scientific achievements which have been developed in cooperation with domestic and foreign institutions and is awarded to two prize winners, one of whom must be active at scientific institutions in Freising.
For more information on the work for which they received this prize please see Arabidopsis immune system is triggered by small bacterial fatty acids.