Jonathan Wendel, Distinguished Professor and chair of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, is one of the winners of the 2012 Cotton Biotechnology Award, presented by Cotton Inc. The award recognizes Wendel and four other scientists who were part of a consortium that mapped the genome sequence for cotton. The work was published in December in the journal Nature. The sequencing of the genome will have sweeping ramifications for cotton growers, plant biologists and producers who grow other cash crops. The Cotton Biotechnology Award goes to scientists whose biotechnology research has significantly contributed to the advancement of cotton.