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Noble director selected as Crop Science Society Fellow

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Noble Foundation Senior Vice President Charles Brummer, Ph.D., has been selected as a Crop Science Society of America Fellow for 2012. Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by the CSSA. Fewer than 1 in 300 active and emeritus CSSA members achieve the Fellow recognition.

Brummer, who serves as the director of the Noble Foundation's Forage Improvement Division, was selected for this award because of his many contributions to crop science and sustainable agriculture throughout his career.

"There is no one who deserves this award more than Charlie Brummer," said Joe Bouton, nominator and professor at the Noble Foundation. "His distinguished research career in plant breeding and genetics, passion for and active participation in teaching at all levels, leadership skills, and service to CSSA make him all the more deserving of this recognition."

Brummer's primary research contributions have focused on improving yield in alfalfa through the capture of heterosis, genetic mapping and selection. He has published several papers regarding agricultural systems and ways to improve them.

As the recipient of the award, Brummer will be recognized during the 2012 annual meeting at the CSSA breakfast on Oct. 23 in Cincinnati, Ohio. "It is gratifying to be nominated and selected for this honor," Brummer said. "To be recognized for my achievements means I have had a positive impact on the research world and the agricultural producers we strive to assist."

Brummer received his Bachelor of Science from Penn State University, and his master's and doctoral degrees in agronomy from the University of Georgia at Athens. He served as professor of Forage and Biofuel Crop Breeding and Genetics at Iowa State University from 1994 to 2006, and as director of the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics from 2007 to 2010.

Brummer joined the Noble Foundation in 2010 as senior vice president and director of the Forage Improvement Division. During his career, Brummer has served as editor-in-chief for the CSSA and vice chair of the U.S. Legume Crops Genomics Initiative. He has authored and co-authored 124 academic journal publications, and 18 books and book chapters.

Date: 9/10/2012



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