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USDA's Agricultural Research Service has inducted three new members into its Science Hall of Fame in recognition of their discoveries that provide solutions for infectious animal diseases, improve breeding for beef production, and enhance perennial grass breeding and bioenergy production systems. The three are veterinarian Donald Knowles, animal geneticist Larry Cundiff and plant geneticist Kenneth Vogel.

Knowles, who heads the ARS Animal Disease Research Unit in Pullman, Wash., was recognized for his scientific leadership on multiple infectious animal diseases that affect national and global food security. Cundiff developed internationally recognized programs of excellence in beef genetics while working with multi-disciplinary researchers at the ARS Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb. Vogel, a plant geneticist and research leader of the ARS Grain, Forage and Bioenergy Research Unit in Lincoln, Neb., began researching perennial grasses for bioenergy when little was known about their genetics and agronomic traits. Since then, his innovative and strategic research has led to the development of switchgrass, a previously obscure prairie grass, as a bioenergy crop.

ARS established its Science Hall of Fame in 1986 to recognize agency researchers for their outstanding lifelong achievements in agricultural sciences and technology. Nominees must be retired or eligible to retire to receive the award.
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Title Annotation:GRAPEVINE; United States. Agricultural Research Service
Publication:The Food & Fiber Letter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 14, 2013
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