Biotech Updates

Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug Program 2010 Winners

June 25, 2010

Monsanto announced the second set of fellowship recipients of the Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program. Of the 14 fellows, six are pursuing their PhDs at US universities, two in India and one each in Brazil, England, Malaysia, the Netherland, South Korea and Sweden. The program is being implemented to honor the accomplishments of pioneer rice and wheat breeder, Drs. Henry Beachell and Norman Borlaug, respectively.

The recipients receive a full package of support to pursue research on enhancing resistance to aphids in wheat; developing rice for cold tolerance in Brazil; and improving drought tolerance in wheat. "The students' contributions to agriculture and science will have an impact on rice and wheat production for generations.  The projects are innovative and impressive, and many of us in the agriculture community look forward to reading about their results," Monsanto Vice President of Global Plant Breeding Ted Crosbie said.

The program will begin accepting applications for 2011 on Nov. 1, 2010. Students interested in applying to the program can find more details at Applications will be accepted until Feb. 1, 2011. Details of this news release can be seen at.