Felix Fritschi, C. Alice Donaldson Professor in Bioenergy Crop Physiology and Genetics in the Division of Plant Sciences, was recently elected as a 2020 Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). The award was presented during the ASA-CSSA-SSSA annual meeting in November.
The Fellow recognition is the highest bestowed by ASA. This honor follows Fritschi’s election as a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) in 2018. Fritschi is a member of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) at the University of Missouri. IPG is one of CAFNR’s Programs of Distinction, a select collection of programs that exemplify CAFNR’s drive to distinction. Those programs define CAFNR’s current impact on Missouri’s agriculture and natural resource economies, providing understanding for how CAFNR is addressing challenges facing Missouri agriculture and natural resources.
Fritschi has published more than 100 refereed papers throughout his academic career and received more than 70 funded research grants, from entities such as USDA-AFRI, NSF, United Soybean Board and MSMC. Fritschi is part of several large grants, including one worth $15 million from the Department of Energy related to climate adaption in switchgrass.
Fritschi joined the University of Missouri as an assistant professor in the Division of Plant Sciences in 2007. He became an associate professor in 2013 and a professor in 2017. He has been the C. Alice Donaldson Professor in Bioenergy Crop Physiology and Genetics since 2018. In addition to his research and teaching activities, he also serves as interim director of the Plant Transformation Core Facility and as interim director of the Missouri Soybean Center.