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John Boyer

Plant Physiology of the Future in the 'Omics' Era

May 25, 2012

Professor John Boyer was raised on a small beef cattle farm that he and his brother operated for six years and where he remains active. Because the farm is subject to severe drought on average every three years, he devoted his career to understanding how plants perform in these conditions and whether their performance can be improved. His work focuses on crop growth, photosynthesis and grain production using tools of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular genetics. His particular discoveries are the biochemistry necessary to reverse grain losses during drought and the specific chemical reactions controlling plant growth rates. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a corresponding fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences.  His work was conducted at the University of Illinois, Texas A&M University and the University of Delaware, where he is now E. I. du Pont Professor of Biochemistry/Biophysics Emeritus.