Applications Now Open For Monsanto's Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program

 Applications Now Open For Monsanto's Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars

Fifth Consecutive Year of Funding to Improve Research in Wheat and Rice

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 3, 2012

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Texas AgriLife Research, an agency of
the Texas A&M University System, and Monsanto Company announce the call for
applications for students interested in pursuing research in wheat or rice
plant breeding.

Applications for Monsanto's Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program
(MBBISP) are being accepted now through February 1, 2013. Funds are available
for scholars pursuing a doctorate in wheat or rice plant breeding. Students
interested in applying can find more details at
In addition to research funding, scholars will receive access to advanced
breeding techniques and technology and participate in field experience in a
developing country for one season.

"Every year, the quality of the entries exceeds our expectations," said
program director Ed Runge, Ph.D., Texas A&M University. "It is thrilling to
see students all over the world interested in improving breeding efforts in
rice and wheat."

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, MBBISP has supported 52 students from 21 different countries since
its formation in 2009. This application period marks the program's fifth year,
with a total of $10 million of support by Monsanto.

"The rapidly increasing world population and the growing need for food
highlights the need for scientific research in these two important crops,"
said Ted Crosbie, vice president with Monsanto Company and long-time plant
breeder. "Monsanto is proud to fund this program, ensuring the next generation
of innovative rice and wheat breeders will have the tools and resources to
assist in feeding the world."

Successful applicants will focus research on a critical constraint affecting
rice or wheat production. Students can complete their Ph.D. program at any
university that grants a Ph.D. in rice or wheat breeding.

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