Seven women and seven men dedicated to improving breeding of rice and wheat across the world have received the second set of fellowships through the Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program. The program honors doctors Henry Beachell and Norman Borlaug for pioneering plant breeding and their research in rice and wheat. All recipients get a package of full support to pursue the research of their choice. The program requires award recipients to conduct two seasons of fieldwork split between a developing country and developed country to ensure the students gain a worldview early in their careers.
Program Director Dr. Ed Runge says the program is truly one with global reach. What excites him most is that within the first two years of the program recipients have represented 17 countries and universities represented on six continents. An independent panel of global judges chaired by Runge reviewed the applications. He says he and the judges are confident the students are making a difference in the breeding research behind two of the world's most important crops.
Ted Crosbie, Monsanto Vice President of Global Plant Breeding, says the contributions of the students to ag and science will impact rice and wheat production for generations. Monsanto provides a total of $10 million for the program for five years. Applications for the 2011 award year will be accepted starting Nov. 1 this year and ending Feb. 1 of 2011.
More details about the application process can be found at www.monsanto.com/mbbischolars. A listing of the winners and their projects is also available.