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Following in His Footsteps

Caio Canella Vieira is working with Pengyin Chen, who has served as a source of inspiration for Canella Vieira

As an undergraduate student studying soybean breeding at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Caio Canella Vieira came across the name Pengyin Chen quite often during his studies. Chen became a major source of inspiration for Canella Vieira – and someone who he referenced throughout his undergraduate work. Little did Canella Vieira know that he would soon be working…

An Interdisciplinary Connection

Tessa Jennings has made the most of her undergraduate research opportunities

Tessa Jennings found a passion for plant sciences as a high school FFA student participating in career development events. That passion has continued to grow as a student at the University of Missouri – especially after being selected as a member of the Freshman Research in Plants (FRIPS) Program in 2018. For the past two years, Jennings, a junior majoring…

Q&A With Alex Munoz

Munoz is the student support specialist in the Division of Plant Sciences

What are your job duties/job responsibilities in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources? I’m the student support specialist for the Division of Plant Sciences where I am the main point of contact for prospective students who are interested in our programs. I work to help with Division of Plant Sciences’ recruitment and outreach efforts as well as help…

An Extraordinary Honor

Three IPG researchers earn Extraordinary Professor distinction from University of the Western Cape, South Africa

For more than 30 years, the University of Missouri System and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in Cape Town, South Africa, have been collaborating through the University of Missouri South African Education Program (UMSAEP). The focus of the partnership is to advance mutual understanding between the institutions’ faculties and foster cooperative research, teaching and service projects – and…

An Educational Experience

Robert Sites earns inaugural MU Study Abroad Teaching Excellence Award for Thailand Study Abroad program

For 14 straight years, Robert Sites has led University of Missouri students to Thailand for an educational study abroad experience focused on biodiversity and conservation. The 3-week program, which takes place over winter break, coincides with Thailand’s dry season – the best time of the year to be in the country for biodiversity and conservation projects. When Sites, a professor…

Q&A With Christa Smith

Smith is the executive assistant in the Division of Plant Sciences

What are your job duties/job responsibilities in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources? I am the executive assistant to the division director in the Division Plant Sciences. I support Bruce Barrett with his calendar, travel, meeting minutes and work with faculty and MyVita, which is a faculty activity reporting system. I’m the liaison for all academics in plant…

Incorporating Problem-Solving into Landscape Design

CAFNR student wins Award of Merit 

Tucked away in the CAFNR Courtyard between the Ag Building and Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building is a garden that’s celebrating its 40th anniversary this April. Students in the advanced landscape design course were challenged to revitalize the MU Woodland and Floral Garden in honor of the celebration. Zachary Ignotz is a senior studying plant sciences from Troy, Missouri. As a…

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…

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,”…

‘An Exciting Opportunity’

Bruce Barrett named interim director of the Division of Plant Sciences

Bruce Barrett, professor and director of undergraduate studies, has been named the interim director of the Division of Plant Sciences in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Barrett’s interim director appointment is effective Sept. 1. “For many years, Dr. Barrett has led research and Extension programs that have contributed significantly to the success of Missouri…