Theodor Otto Diener Award Winner
Theodor Otto Diener (born February 28, 1921) is an American plant pathologist and was the first in the field to describe viroids. Diener was born in 1921 in Zurich, Switzerland. He came to the United States in 1949. In 1971 he showed that the causative agent of Potato spindle tuber disease was the potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTV). PSTV is a 130,000 dalton viroid. Viroids are very little single-stranded circular RNA that have no coat protein, and which do not code for any protein. Diener received the prestigious National Medal of Science in 1987 and the Wolf Prize in Agriculture in 1987.
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|February 28th, 1921|
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1987 Wolf Prize in Agriculture
1987 National Medal of Science for Biological Sciences
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For the discovery of viroids, the smallest known agent of infectious disease. This discovery has opened new avenues of molecular research into some of the most serious diseases afflicting plants, animals, and humans.