September 8, 2008

Monsanto Establishes Fellows in Plant Breeding Fund at University of Illinois

By Anonymous

Monsanto Co. and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have established the Monsanto Fellows in Plant Breeding Fund to finance graduate fellowship students pursuing doctoral degrees in plant breeding at the university's Plant Breeding Center.

"These funds will allow us to markedly increase the number of graduate students being trained in plant breeding," stated Bob Hoeft, head of the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. "This comes at a crucial time in history when there is a very high demand for new plant breeders in private industry."

Hoeft noted that these newly trained breeders are needed to develop lines that will increase yield to meet the growing global demand for food, feed and now fuel. These new lines must also use natural resources more efficiently and be friendlier to the environment.

The Monsanto Fellowships will be awarded to eight doctorate students conducting research projects, developed jointly with Monsanto, in the area of germplasm enhancement of agronomic and horticultural crops. As part of the agreement, Monsanto may offer fellowship students the opportunity to interact directly with its scientists and gain valuable experience in a corporate research environment through internship programs.

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

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