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USDA Research Geneticists receive USDA Secretary's Honor Award for Excellence



Dr. Michael D. McMullen and Dr. Sherry Flint-Garcia, USDA Research Geneticists and members of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group at the University of Missouri, were awarded the USDA Secretary's Honor Award for Excellence in the category of "Helping America promote sustainable agricultural production and biotechnology exports as America works to increase food security" on September 12, 2012 in Washington, D.C. As part of the Maize Diversity Project they have "pioneered research on the development and application of innovative genetic and genomics-based tools to exploit genetic diversity in corn to improve corn yield in the US and developing countries".