Market launch versus scientific publication

Professor Chien-Young Chu - photo: newPlantsandFlowers

Professor Chien-Young Chu – photo: newPlantsandFlowers

Scientists need to publish their scientific studies in order to get higher up in the ranking of a university. However, scientists working at the Department of Horticulture of the National Chung-Hsing University in Taichung do not publish much compared with their colleagues from other departments and institutes. “They spend a major part of their time on developing new cultivation methods and new crops. But the lack of scientific papers hinders them in their career”, says Professor Chine-Young Chu. “That’s why our university developed other criteria which help the careers of these young professors.”
Weight of new variety
Chu introduced the principle of a scientific article versus a new variety. “A newly developed variety should have the same weight as a publication in one of the well-known scientific magazines”. Well, not completely… A part of the deal is that the new variety gets official Plant Breeders Rights, and an invention gets patented. “Furthermore the innovation has to be launched. First after a successful market launch, the scientist gets the same recognition as his colleague who publishes his scientific studies”. The board of the National Chung-Hsing University took over this idea. In mean time two employees of the department already had benefit from these new rules and got promoted.”
Chu explained this system in an interview with Guus Wijchman from newPlantsandFlowers. Wijchman interviewed him as the professor will retire at the end of this year.