Iowa State University has announced an investment from the Iowa Corn Promotion Board to establish an endowed faculty position in genetics in ISU’s Department of Agronomy.
The inaugural Iowa Corn Promotion Board Endowed Chair in Genetics will be held by Patrick Schnable, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences, a professor of agronomy and director of ISU’s Center for Plant Genomics.
Iowa Corn began working with university professors, industry representatives and government officials in 1995 to build support for sequencing the corn genome. The first corn genome sequence was published in 2009. Schnable and other ISU researchers played an instrumental role in the national effort to sequence the corn genome. Schnable was lead author on the corn genome sequence paper published in the journal Science.
Bob Bowman, a farmer from DeWitt, Iowa and president of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, talks about the decision to establish the endowed faculty position.
Brownfield visited with Dr. Schnable about what the endowment means to his research program.
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