International leader”Larry Beuchat is a world-renowned food mycologist andbacteriologist,” said Michael P. Doyle, director of the center.”He has been, through his research and involvement in advisorycommittees, an international leader in improving themicrobiological safety of fresh produce.”Beuchat is one of five UGA food scientists to get the Appertaward. The others were Doyle (1996), John J. Powers (1984), J.G.Woodroof (1978) and John C. Ayres (1972).Beuchat conducted much of the pioneering work to betterunderstand the ecology of the bacteria on raw fruits andvegetables that cause illnesses in humans. He has contributedsignificantly to food mycology (fungal food pathogens).His research focuses on the microbiology of fruits, vegetables,nuts and legumes. He studies methods of detecting yeasts, moldsand pathogenic bacteria, relationships between water andmicrobial growth and fermented foods and food preservatives. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia food microbiologist Larry Beuchat hasreceived the 2004 Nicholas Appert Award from the Institute ofFood Technologists. The award, IFT’s highest honor, recognizesoutstanding contributions to food technology.A Distinguished Research Professor in the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences, Beuchat conductsresearch at the Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Ga. Advises UGA students, tooAs a professor in the UGA Department of Food Science andTechnology, Beuchat also advises graduate students in theirstudies.”Despite all of his accomplishments,” said graduate student MananSharma, “Dr. Beuchat remains very much engaged in advising andguiding students like myself through their research projects. Heis one of the most humble men I have ever met and truly deservingof this honor.”Before joining the university faculty in 1972, Beuchat heldpositions with H.J. Heinz, Hanover Brands Inc. and Quaker Oats.Over the past 32 years, he has won many UGA honors: the D.W.Brooks Faculty Award, Distinguished Faculty Research Award, GammaSigma Delta Senior Faculty Award, Outstanding Graduate Professor,Distinguished Research Professor and Research Professor.His industry honors include the Indo-American Fellowship,Fulbright Senior Lecturer Award, Sir Frederick McMasterFellowship, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s DonaldC. Mackel Award (co-recipient) and “Food Safety” Magazine’sDistinguished Service Award. He also received the OutstandingAlumnus Award from both Penn State University and Michigan StateUniversity.Beuchat has been named a fellow by IFT, the American Academy ofMicrobiology and the International Association for FoodProtection. He is also a member of the International Associationof Food Protection, the American Society of Microbiology, theSociety for Applied Microbiology and the International Fresh-cutProduce Association. Edits, publishes food science publicationsHe was associate editor of the “Journal of Food Science” andscientific co-editor of the “Journal of Food Protection.” Hecurrently serves on the editorial boards of two scientificjournals, “Food Microbiology” and the “International Journal ofFood Microbiology.”Beuchat has authored or co-authored five books and 1,074scientific publications, including 433 refereed journal articles.He serves on the boards of the National Academy of Sciences,Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board and the U.S.Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service’sNational Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria forFoods.