Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug Program Announces 2012 Winners

           Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug Program Announces 2012 Winners

Recipients will pursue research dedicated to improving rice and wheat breeding

PR Newswire

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 17, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, in celebration of the
2012 Borlaug Dialogue, The Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars
Program announced its fourth set of fellowship recipients.

The program recognizes the importance of rice and wheat as key staple crops in
addressing global hunger. It honors the accomplishments of Henry Beachell,
Ph.D. and Norman Borlaug, Ph.D., who pioneered plant breeding and research in
rice and wheat, respectively, by providing funding support to develop the next
generation of scientific leaders.

In total, the Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program has
supported 52 students from 21 different countries since its formation in 2009.
Monsanto is funding the program for five years for a total of $10 million. The
program is administered by Texas AgriLife Research, an agency of the Texas A&M
University System.

This year's 14 recipients are citizens of seven different countries including
the United States, China, Iran, India, Thailand, Mexico and Tajikistan. The
four women and ten men honored with this year's fellowship will pursue
research dedicated to improving rice and wheat breeding with sponsoring
professors and universities from around the world.

Each recipient receives support to pursue his or her research in one of these
two important crops. In rice, recipients' projects include: breeding for water
use efficiency and drought resistance, developing high-yielding varieties,
characterizing root systems for water scarce conditions. In wheat, recipients'
projects include: resistance to parasitic nematodes, identifying and
characterizing new stem and leaf rust, molecular breeding to improve yields
and quality of wheat varieties.

A complete listing of the winners and their projects is available on the
Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program Web page.

The 2012 recipients will be attending the events of the World Food Prize,
including the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony. The World Food Prize
honors outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving
the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world.

An independent panel of global judges chaired by Ed Runge, Ph.D. Monsanto
Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program Director, reviewed the
applications. Runge is also a Professor and Billie B. Turner Chair in
Production Agronomy (Emeritus) within the Soil and Crop Sciences Department at
Texas A&M University at College Station.

"These students represent the future innovators in agricultural research in
two of the world's most important crops," said Runge. "Beachell and Borlaug
were passionate scientists and it is only fitting that their legacies are
inspiring future generations of plant breeders who could have tremendous
impact on the welfare of billions of people that rely on rice and wheat for
their daily nutrition."

"Plant breeding is both an art and science practiced for thousands of years in
agriculture that continues to develop improved crops," said Ted Crosbie,
Ph.D., vice president with Monsanto Company and long-time plant breeder. "The
Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars program seeks to ignite
continued interest in plant breeding within two of the very important crops,
rice and wheat, to help encourage desired characteristics, like larger grain
size, heartier stalks, or greater tolerance to environmental stress. This will
improve the next generation of plants, making a better crop available for
people around the world."

The program will begin accepting applications for 2013 on Nov. 1, 2012.
Students interested in applying to the program can find more details at
www.monsanto.com/mbbischolars. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 1,
2013.

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