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Stephen Howell, Plant Sciences Institute, (515) 294-5267
Teddi Barron, News Service, (515) 294-4778


AMES, Iowa -- Thirteen leaders of agricultural industry, plant sciences research, commodity groups and government have been named to the board of the Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State University.

They will assemble in Ames on Tuesday, Oct. 22, for the inaugural meeting of the Plant Sciences Institute Board. The board will discuss the institute's strategic plan, accomplishments, financial reports, budget plan, economic development and plans for the Roy J. Carver Co-laboratory and business incubator.

Rick McConnell, president of Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Johnston, is the organizing chair of the board.

Members of the Plant Sciences Institute Board are:
  • James Bloedel, vice provost, Iowa State University
  • Norman Borlaug, scientist, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico City; professor, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Steven Briggs, president, Torrey Mesa Research Institute, San Diego, Calif.
  • Alicia Carriquiry, associate provost, Iowa State University
  • Bruce Dale, professor of chemical engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Rick Foster, vice president for programs, food systems, rural development and leadership, Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, Mich.
  • John Greaves, president, Kemin Americas Inc., Des Moines
  • Brent Halling, deputy secretary of agriculture, state of Iowa, Des Moines
  • Kirk Leeds, executive director, Iowa Soybean Association, Urbandale
  • Rick McConnell, president, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Johnston
  • Kyle Phillips, chairman, research committee, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, Johnston
  • Virginia Walbot, professor of biological sciences, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Catherine Woteki, dean of agriculture, Iowa State University
The Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State University is dedicated to becoming one of the world's leading institutes for plant science research, education and unbiased research-based information. Researchers in nine centers of the institute seek fundamental knowledge about the functioning of plants and are developing ways to help feed the growing world population, strengthen human health and nutrition, improve crop quality and yield, foster environmental sustainability and expand the uses of plants for biobased products and bioenergy. The institute is supported through public and private funding.


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