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Crop Science Society of America presents the 2008 Fellows

October 27, 2008

MADISON, WI, October 15, 2008 -- The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) continued a time-honored tradition this year with the presentation of the following individuals as 2008 CSSA Fellows at a special Awards Ceremony during their Annual Meeting on Oct. 5-9 in Houston, TX.

Members of the Society nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. Only .3 percent of the Society's active and emeritus members may be elected Fellow. The 2008 class of CSSA Fellows are:
  • Prakash R. Arelli - USDA-ARS, Jackson TN. Prakash Arelli is a Supervisory Research Geneticist and Soybean Breeder with USDA-ARS-Midsouth area in Jackson, TN. Dr. Arelli received B.S. and M.S. degrees from A.P. Agricultural University in India, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Georgia. His program focuses on soybean breeding to genetically manage cyst nematode. Dr. Arelli served as an associate editor for Crop Science, and Journal of Plant Registrations. He has been chair, soybean germplasm release subcommittee, and has been active in the Crop Science Society of America.

  • Patrick G. Hunt - USDA-ARS, Florence, SC. Patrick Hunt is the director/research leader of the USDA-ARS, Coastal Plain Soil, Water, and Plant Research Center in Florence, SC. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Clemson University and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Hunt's research focuses on the integrations of livestock manure management, bioenergy, and cropping systems.

  • James D. Kelly - Michigan State University. James D. Kelly is a professor and geneticist in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department at Michigan State University. He received a B.S. degree at Queen's University of Belfast, N. Ireland and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He has directed a dry bean breeding and genetics program that focused on the development and use of molecular markers to assist in breeding. Dr. Kelly has been active in the American Society of Agronomy and is president of the international research organization, the Bean Improvement Cooperative.

  • Schuyler S. Korban - University of Illinois. Schuyler S. Korban is a Professor of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the American University, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Nebraska. His program focuses on plant functional genomics, biotic stress, reproductive growth, and plant metabolic engineering. Dr. Korban serves as an associate editor for The Plant Genome, Plant Breeding, and Tropical Plant Biology, and he is Editor-in-Chief of Plant Molecular Biology Reporter and of Plant, Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture, among others. He has been active in Crop Science Society of America, American Society of Horticultural Science, and Plant & Animal Genome Conferences.

  • Nora L. Lapitan -Colorado State University. Nora Lapitan is a Professor and Geneticist in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, and the Cell and Molecular Biology Program at Colorado State University. She received a B.S. degree from the University of the Philippines, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Kansas State University. Her program focuses on the application of genomics to improvement of cereal crops. She has served as associate editor for Crop Science and has been active in the Crop Science Society of America, Entomological Society of America, and Plant and Animal Genome Conferences.

  • Rajendra Malhotra - ICARDA. Rajinder Malhotra is a Senior Chickpea Breeder at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas Aleppo Syria. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Punjab Agricultural University and PhD from Meerut University in India. His program focuses mainly on breeding chickpea with resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses with good agronomic background and quality traits for international environments. Dr. Malhotra has been active in human resource development in food legume research throughout the world.

  • David S. Marshall - USDA-ARS, Raleigh, NC. David Marshall is the research leader of the Plant Science Research Unit, USDA-ARS, located in Raleigh, NC. He received a B.S. degree from Towson State College, his M.S. degree from Louisiana State University, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University. His program focuses on the breeding of cereal crops and the genetics of disease resistance. He has served as Associate Editor of Crop Science, Chairman of the Wheat Crop Registration Committee, and member of the Barley Crop Registration Committee. He is active in the National Wheat Improvement Committee; the Wheat Crop Germplasm Committee, and the American Phytopathological Society.

  • J. Paul Murphy - North Carolina State University . J. Paul Murphy is a professor and small grains breeder in the Department of Crop Science at North Carolina State University. He also serves as assistant director of the Center for Plant Breeding and Applied Plant Genomics. Dr. Murphy received a B.Sc. degree from University College Dublin, and M.S. and PhD. degrees from Iowa State University. His program focuses on wheat and oat breeding. Dr. Murphy served as the C-1 Division Representative to the ASA and CSSA Boards of Directors, and has been active with the GO Scholars program, and the National Oat and Wheat Improvement Committees.

  • Matt A. Sanderson - USDA-ARS University Park, PA. Matt A. Sanderson is a research agronomist with USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA. Dr. Sanderson received B.S. and M.S. degrees from North Dakota State University, and Ph.D. from Iowa State University. His research focuses on forage management, grazing land ecology, and bioenergy crops. He has served as chair and board representative for Division C-6 and held several journal editorial positions. He is active in the American Forage and Grassland Council and the Forage Foundation.

  • Ganesan Srinivasan - California State University-Fresno. Ganesan Srinivasan is the director of University Agricultural Laboratory at California State University, Fresno. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India, Ph.D from University of Hawaii, and MBA from Purdue University. Before joining Fresno State in 2005, Dr. Srinivasan served as Principal Scientist and Associate Director of Maize Program at CIMMYT, Mexico. During his 15 years of service in international agriculture, Dr. Srinivasan developed hundreds of improved maize germplasm that are widely grown around the world.

For more information on the recipients or on the awards presented, please view the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Awards Program PDF online, Photos of the recipients are available to view and download at: For additional assistance, contact Sara Uttech, 608-268-4948,

The Crop Science Society of America (founded in 1955) is a scientific society comprised of 5,000+ members who advance the discipline of crop science by acquiring and disseminating information about crops in relation to seed genetics and plant breeding; crop physiology; crop production, quality, and ecology; crop germplasm resources; and environmental quality.

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