Cornell Ph.D. Student Awarded for Wheat Science Research

Margaret Krause. Provided.

A Cornell doctoral candidate in plant breeding and genetics who is using aerial imaging technology to expedite the development of new varieties of bread wheat was recognized March 22 by the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) for promising research in the field of wheat science.

Margaret Krause was one of five female scientists awarded the 2017 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Award. According to BGRI, the award provides professional development opportunities for women working in wheat during the early stages of their career. The award was presented by Maricelis Acevedo, associate director of science in the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat program at Cornell, during a ceremony at CIMMYT in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico.

From the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative:

"Margaret Krause, from the United States, is a Ph.D. candidate in Plant Breeding at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Upon the completion of her undergraduate degree in 2014, Margaret began graduate studies with Mark Sorrells and Michael Gore at Cornell, where she is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Currently, Margaret is serving as a U.S. Borlaug Fellow in Global Security at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in El Batán and Ciudad Obregón, Mexico. There she is working with the Bread Wheat Breeding Program to evaluate selection methods that utilize aerial images collected from airplanes and drones. Through the Women in Triticum network, Margaret looks forward to learning from a dynamic group of women working in wheat. “I [am] dedicated to building a career in agricultural research for development…By interacting with researchers and practitioners who are implementing development solutions around the globe, I hope to form relationships that will grow into research collaborations in the near future as I begin my career in agricultural research for development upon completing my degree.”

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