But that would not be a true reflection of the progress made in the costly ongoing war against weeds for Kiwi farmers and growers, with this long-serving AgResearch scientist at the forefront.
“It gives me energy knowing that somebody’s asked a question, and I’ve been able to answer it. For me, that’s very fulfilling - to be able to help people,” James says.
“That has basically been the guiding principle for my whole career: what do people need to know to be better farmers, better growers? Let’s see what we can do to help them.”
That willingness to share his extensive weeds knowledge is part of the reason that James was recently awarded the prestigious New Zealand Plant Protection Medal. It was instituted by the NZ Plant Protection Society to honour “those who have made exceptional contributions to plant protection in the widest sense”.
“The medal is awarded based on outstanding services to plant protection, whether through research, education, implementation or leadership. Trevor James fits those criteria in every sense of the word,” society president Hayley Ridgway said in presenting the medal.