The Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program announced 12 recipients of the program's 2009 fellowships at the Borlaug Dialogue at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa. Ten nations are represented among the recipients, who are receiving a full package of support to pursue their Ph.D., which will include research on rice and wheat breeding. Projects include cold tolerance in rice, mapping sources of resistance to stem rust in durum wheat and developing biofortified rice for Latin America.
"The World Food Prize is the best event to announce the recipients, as Monsanto and the Beachell-Borlaug program committee truly believe these young scientists fit the description of the World Food Prize's goal of honoring those who are committed to 'improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world," said Monsanto Vice President of Global Plant breeding, Ted Crosbie. "The students' research work has the potential to help solve critical issues facing two of the most important crops in the world."
The program honors the accomplishments of Dr. Henry Beachell and Dr. Norman Borlaug, who pioneered plant breeding and research in rice and wheat, respectively. The program will begin accepting applications for 2010 beginning Nov. 1, 2009. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 1, 2010.