By Megan Lutz, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service
"I like seeds... in each one of them is that urge of life waiting to express itself," said Manjit Misra, the director of the Seed Science Center. "They're so tiny but they are a powerhouse."
Misra is originally from India and in 1971 moved to Missouri where he "got two degrees and met his wife." He has been at Iowa State since 1979 and is receiving the Outstanding Achievement in International Agriculture Award.
Manjit Misra, director of the Seed Science Center and professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, was presented the 2018 ASABE Sukup Global Food Security Award during the 2018 ASABE Annual International Meeting in Detroit, Michigan, on August 1.
Seed Science Center Global Program Manager Dileepkumar Guntuku was named a recipient of the Professional and Scientific Excellence Award, September 14, during the University's 2018 Annual Award Ceremony.
Seed Science Center Director Manjit Misra was awarded the International Service Award September 14 during the University's 2018 Annual Award Ceremony.
Eight Iowa State University students were honored February 14 during the 2018 Iowa Seed Association Scholarship Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with the Agribusiness Showcase & Conference in Des Moines.
Keynote Speaker Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, praised the Government of Andhra Pradesh for its efforts to enhance agricultural technology for smallholders during the AP AgTech Summit 2017 held November 15 - 17 in Visakhapatnam, India.
Seed Science Center Director Manjit Misra and Global Program Leader Dileepkumar Guntuku represented Iowa State University at a "Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony" held October 9, 2017, in Thangadancha Village, located in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India.
In October 2017, Seed Science Center Scientist and Senior Engineer Yuh-Yuan Shyy was named a Tenured Honorary Professor by the Jilin Academy of Agricultural Sciences (JAAS) located in Jilin, China.
(Commentary by Seed lab Manager, Mike Stahr)
October 19, 2017
AMES, Iowa – An Iowa State University sophomore studying agronomy and global resource systems is the 2017 recipient of an endowed scholarship honoring global food security advocate David Lambert.
Agronomy Professor Susana Goggi was promoted to Professor in July 2017. Goggi has served the Agronomy Department and the Seed Science Center for 17 years.
Iowa Seed & Biosafety News —10/01/17
The National Genetics Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC) met in Kansas City in July.
Seed Science Center Manjit Misra has served as chair of the council since being appointed by former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack in 2012. His second term ends in 2017.
Seed Conditioning Specialist Alan Gaul and Seed Lab Manager Mike Stahr facilitate Seed Science Center short courses and workshops for seed industry professionals around the world each year from April through August.
This year a total of 12 workshops and two short courses covered topics from seed testing and cleaning, to gravity separation, color sorting, and seed treatment.
Seed Science Center Scientist and Senior Engineer Yuh-Yuan Shyy hosted a delegation of 12 senior scientists from the Jilin Academy of Agricultural Sciences (JAAS) in Ames August 7-25, 2017. The group from Jilin, China, traveled to Iowa State to study about agriculture, seed science, and the seed industry.
A Core of Excellence Launch Meeting was held July 13 at the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) in Nyankpala, Ghana.
ISU’s Sergio Lence and Seed Science Center faculty members are partnering with Chemonics, as part of USAID’s Ghana Agriculture Policy Support Project. The team is working to improve agricultural policy making, policy analysis, and policy implementation to benefit subsistence farmers in Ghana.
In early 2017, Seed Science Center Director Manjit Misra commissioned educational video production company Pierce-Mill Entertainment and Education, LLC, to shoot a documentary on the topic of seed.
The American Phytopathological Society (APS) named Plant Pathology and Microbiology Professor Gary Munkvold a Fellow at their 2017 Annual Meeting in San Antonio in August. The award recognizes individuals for distinguished contributions to plant pathology or to the APS.
Ames, IA (July 20, 2017) — The online Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business (STB) at Iowa State University (ISU) will celebrate 10 years of delivering online education to seed industry professionals this year. To commemorate this milestone the program will be rolling out several initiatives in the coming years, including a football tailgate party this fall to be held before an Iowa State Cyclones football game.
Seed Science Center visiting scientist Stephen Smith earned one of the American Seed Trade Association's (ASTA) most prestigious awards June 23, 2017, during their summer meeting. Smith was named recipient of the Association's Lifetime Honorary Member Award.