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NC State plant breeding program receives grant from Monsanto

August 30, 2007

Media Contacts: Catherine Maxwell, director of development for the N.C. Agricultural Research Service, 919-513-8294 or catherine_maxwell@ncsu.edu
Danielle Jany, Monsanto Co., 314-694-2478 or danielle.c.jany@monsanto.com

North Carolina State University and Monsanto Co. today (Thursday, Aug. 30) announced a $675,000 grant focusing on growing the university's Center for Plant Breeding and Applied Plant Genomics, housed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

"We're grateful for Monsanto's support of students in our plant breeding program," said Johnny Wynne, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. "Monsanto's commitment to plant breeding and education will help us grow our new center and develop future leaders in plant breeding."

The Monsanto grant will fund five plant breeding graduate fellowships per year over the next three years. A leadership-training program also will be established for plant breeding graduate students at NC State and other select institutions across the country. The program will help students learn the business of science, develop leadership skills and establish a virtual support network, as well as provide internship opportunities at Monsanto breeding stations.

"As a company 100 percent focused on agriculture, Monsanto is committed to delivering innovation to the farm through plant breeding," said Ted Crosbie, Monsanto's vice president of global plant breeding. "We are hopeful the gift will play a positive role in preparing NC State graduates for careers as leaders and professionals in the plant breeding industry."

NC State's plant breeding program is one of the largest in the United States. The program is interdisciplinary and involves a full range of research programs, courses and crops. It has been a pivotal component of cultivar development in North Carolina, as NC State plant breeders have released numerous cultivars and breeding lines for use by the public. The releases comprise different crop species of importance to growers in North Carolina and other regions of the United States and the world.

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.

Written by:
Suzanne Stanard, 919.513.3126 or suzanne_stanard@ncsu.edu

Posted by Dave at August 30, 2007 01:27 PM