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Join us in congratulating Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra!

Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, University of California, Davis, received the 2024 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences.

Ross-Ibarra’s pioneering studies on the evolutionary genetics of maize, a key crop species for global food production, advance our understanding of the evolution of all crops. 

Ross-Ibarra’s research uses population genetic approaches to address questions ranging from transposable element evolution to the genetics of quantitative traits, maize and human coevolution, domestication, and local adaptation. His studies of maize and its wild relatives have revealed the extensive impact of changing genomic diversity in maize and demonstrated the utility of genomic approaches to predict crop performance.  

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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 Congratulations to Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra of @UCDavis, winner of the 2024 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences! He is being honored for his studies on the evolutionary genetics of maize. Watch him receive the prize at the 161st NAS Annual Meeting on April 28. The NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences recognizes research by a mid-career scientist 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.

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 Congratulations to Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra @jrossibarra of @UCDavis winner of the 2024 @theNASciences Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences for his studies on the evolutionary genetics of maize. #NASaward #genetics

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