Food Ag Prize

Food Ag Prize

Scheduled for presentation in 2022.  More information on how to submit a nomination can be found here

About the NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

The NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences recognizes research by a mid-career scientist (defined as up to 20 years since completion of PhD) at a U.S. institution who has made an extraordinary contribution to agriculture or to the understanding of the biology of a species fundamentally important to agriculture or food production. For the purpose of the prize, areas of science with applications to agriculture include plant and animal sciences, microbiology, nutrition and food science, soil science, entomology, veterinary medicine, and agricultural economics. The recipient will be awarded a medal and a $100,000 prize. The prize is endowed through generous gifts from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Most Recent Recipient

Christina M. Grozinger, Pennsylvania State University, received the 2021 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences.

A leading social insect biologist, Grozinger integrates research, education, outreach, and service regarding the biology and health of honey bees and other pollinators. She has expanded our understanding of how bee stressors—including pathogens, parasites, pesticides, poor nutrition, climate change and extreme weather effects—affect bees. The work is critical to helping address the global crisis of pollinator decline.
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Christina M. Grozinger (2021)
For her innovative and integrative studies of the molecular, physiological, and ecological determinants of the health of managed and wild bees, leveraging this information to develop accessible decision support tools for farmers and conservationists, and passionate advocacy and public engagement for pollination.
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Zachary B. Lippman (2020)
For his outstanding studies of mechanisms controlling plant stem cell maturation, for providing a means of circumventing negative epistasis arising when combining desirable agricultural traits, and for developing a CRISPR/Cas9 strategy for engineering quantitative trait variation for increased yield – a technique that will find widespread application.
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Elizabeth Ainsworth (2019)
For pioneering research unraveling how anthropogenic atmospheric changes affect the physiology and growth of crops and for being a science ambassador and role model for the next generation of scientists.
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Rodolphe Barrangou (2018)
For his discovery of the genetic mechanisms and proteins driving CRISPR systems and their applications in food and agriculture, including virus resistance in the yogurt starter culture Streptococcus thermophilus and with the potential for translational genome editing in other microbes, crop plants and livestock.
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Edward S. Buckler (2017)
For insights and discoveries that changed our understanding of quantitative genetics, for facilitating genetic characterization of genes underlying critical traits and their deployment for breeding programs in a myriad of species, and for exemplary collegiality in sharing resources for the betterment of crops and the human condition.
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