Crop Biotech Update

USDA ARS Female Biologist Bags NAS Food And Agricultural Science Prize

February 6, 2019

Elizabeth Ainsworth was awarded by the National Academy of Science's Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences. A molecular biologist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Ainsworth was recognized for her scientific work that showed the effects of increased levels of ozone and atmospheric carbon dioxide, drought, and other environmental problems to crops such as maize and soybeans. Her work not only focuses on these problems, but also involves identifying key mechanisms by which plants respond to specific elements of climate change, resulting in maximum potential crop production.

ARS is the USDA's main scientific in-house research agency that focuses on solutions to agricultural problems affecting America. The NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences Award are given to individuals in America who has made an extraordinary contribution to agriculture.

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