Eric Hequet was also named to the group's international advisory board.
A cotton science researcher and administrator with the Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources has been designated an honorary professor and international advisory board member for scientific research by the Industrial Crop Research Institute in China's Henan Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
Eric Hequet, a leader in cotton fiber research and the current chairman of the Texas Tech Department of Plant and Soil Science, received the honor during a special ceremony July 5 in the group's Zhengzhou headquarters in the province of Henan. Hequet also was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Cotton Science.
Hequet has focused his efforts on collaborative research with the cotton breeding and cotton biotechnology communities to develop improved properties in cotton fibers.
"Dr. Hequet has done remarkable work in helping develop and understand the various measurements of cotton fiber properties and their contaminants," said Steve Fraze, interim dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources.
Hequet joined Texas Tech's faculty in 1997 after serving in a variety of research positions, including head of the cotton program and head of the cotton technology laboratory at the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD-CA) in Montpellier, France.
Prior to that, he was head of the Bebedjia Agronomic Research Station, head of the cotton breeding program and head of the cotton technology laboratory for the CIRAD efforts in Bebedjia, Chad.
Hequet earned a diploma of higher education in chemistry and physiology, a master's degree in genetics and a diploma of applied advanced studies in plants genetics from Orsay, Paris XI. His earned his doctorate in engineering sciences from the Universite de Haute Alsace in France.
The Beijing-based Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences oversees more than 40 institutes, including the Industrial Crop Research Institute. One of the academy's goals is overcoming challenges impacting agricultural development and support of local rural economies, as well as promoting sustainable agriculture within and outside of China.