Richard G. Percy, a USDA ARS research geneticist in Arizona, is the recipient of the 2006 Cotton Genetics Research Award.

Percy, who received $1,000 in recognition of his efforts, works in the cotton physiology, genetics and host plant resistance research unit at the Western Cotton Research Laboratory in Maricopa, AZ. He also is an adjunct professor of plant sciences at the University of Arizona.

Percy has demonstrated a multidisciplinary approach to identify factors that limit the production of high-quality cotton. In 2006, he released three high-quality, heat-adapted germplasm lines.