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UK College of Agriculture celebrates land-grant research
Hosted by the college’s research office, the Nov. 30th celebration was held in the Cameron Williams Lecture Hall in the Plant Science Building.
The keynote speaker was Don Halcomb, who began farming as a youth with a 4-H club corn project and later continued with soybean, wheat and calf projects. After graduating from Purdue University, Halcomb moved back to Kentucky. He and his wife Meredith raised two sons on their fourth-generation Walnut Grove Farm in Logan County. Today, they focus on corn, soybeans, wheat, barley and canola.Halcomb’s lecture focused on the impact and importance of land-grant research from a producer prospective.
Nancy Cox, associate dean for research in the College of Agriculture, presented the 2010 recipients of the Bobby Pass Excellence in Grantsmanship Award, Research/Extension Impact Award and the Prestigious Research Paper Award. This year’s award recipients include:
Bobby Pass Excellence in Grantsmanship Award: Lisa J. Vaillancourt. The plant pathology professor won for her outstanding record of peer-reviewed funding for research on fungal genetics and developmental biology.
Research/Extension Impact Award- Chris Barton and Jeff Stringer. The forestry professors received this honor as a result of their program on streamside management zones.
Prestigious Research Paper Award- Pradeep Kachroo and Hongyan Zhu. Both had papers published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Kachroo is a plant pathology professor who authored the paper, “Cryptochrome 2 and phototropin 2 regulate resistance protein-mediated viral defense by negatively regulating an E3 ubiquitin ligase.” Zhu is a plant and soil sciences professor who authored the paper, “Alfalfa benefits from Medicago truncatula: The RCT1 gene from M. truncatula confers broad-spectrum resistance to anthracnose in alfalfa.”
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