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Henry Nguyen Earns Distinguished International Honor

Henry Nguyen, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Plant Genetics, was recently elected one of the 2020 fellows of the India National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Fellows of the Academy are recognized for excellence in agricultural science, research, technology and innovation. Nguyen has made several significant contributions in drought tolerance research, especially in the root architecture in rice, as well as the…

Studying Soybeans

Two NIFA grants will help Henry Nguyen tackle issues related to soybeans

A Curators’ Distinguished Professor in the Division of Plant Sciences, Henry Nguyen’s longstanding research focus is related to abiotic stress tolerance and disease resistance in plants, primarily soybeans. Two United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grants, totaling almost $900,000, will allow Nguyen to build on those focus areas. The grants will help Nguyen…

Plant Sciences Graduate Students Receive Awards at North Central Weed Science Society Annual Meeting

The North Central Weed Science Society of America honored three MU Plant Sciences graduate students with awards in the Graduate Paper Contest during the recent annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Will Tubbs, master’s student, received first place in the Agronomic Crops Section Eric Oseland, doctoral student, placed second in the Agronomic Crops Section Jerri Lynn Henry, doctoral student, earned second…

Plant Sciences Graduate Students Receive Honors

Plant science graduate students have received a variety of recent awards. The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America honored MU Plant Sciences graduate students at the society meeting, Nov. 10-13 in San Antonio. Those receiving awards included: Savannah Burnett, master’s student, placed second for her poster presentation and received fifth…

Lee Miller Receives Donald W. Fancher Provost Award

Lee Miller, associate professor in the Division of Plant Sciences, was honored with the 2019 Donald W. Fancher Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Continuing Education. The award recognizes a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to Extension and in continuing education efforts of campus. Miller was recognized for his work providing disease diagnosis and control recommendations…

A Prestigious Honor

Bob Sharp named Curators' Distinguished Professor

Bob Sharp recently joined a prestigious group of University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources faculty as a Curators’ Distinguished Professor, MU’s highest and most prestigious rank. Sharp is a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences and serves as the director of the campus-wide Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG). “I am greatly honored to receive this recognition,”…

Honoring CAFNR’s Top Alumni

2019 Column Awards given to six of the college's alumni

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has honored its second class of recipients of the CAFNR Column Award for Distinguished Alumni. This is the only award specifically for alumni presented by the college. The awardees include one graduate from each of CAFNR’s six divisions, reflecting the six historic columns at the University of Missouri. “We are proud to…

Canella Vieira Receives Borlaug Scholar Award and First Place in NAPB Poster Competition

Caio Canella Vieira, master’s student in plant, insect and microbial sciences, received the two highest awards from the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) last month at the 2019 NAPB annual meeting. He was the recipient of the Borlaug Scholar award and received first place on the research poster competition among 150+ posters. The photo shows Donn Cummings (left), chair…

Lesleighan Cravens Takes First for Bridal Bouquet at Mid-America Cup

Lesleighan Cravens, instructor of plant sciences, won first place for her bridal bouquet at the 2019 Mid-America Cup design competition in Little Rock, Arkansas. She placed 5th overall out of 26 competitors from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The competition, hosted by the Arkansas Florists Association, is the only floral design competition that invites one person from each state…

CAFNR Faculty Part of Approximately $11 Million in Funds from UM System, Mizzou Following Strategic Research Investment

The University of Missouri System has announced $20.5 million in awards for its first round of research funding to address grand challenges, foster system-wide collaboration and enhance faculty research through new equipment. This is part of the System’s plan to strategically invest $50 million in research and creative works over the next five years, announced last fall. Researchers from CAFNR…