Daniel Schachtman, University of Nebraska–Lincoln professor of agronomy and horticulture and director of the Center for Biotechnology, was named a Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists.
ASPB announced the recipients of its 2017 awards on March 28. The awards honor excellence in research, education, outreach and service.
Schachtman’s research interest in plant stress response has led to important contributions for improving crop yields, fostering agricultural sustainability and protecting the environment.
At Nebraska he is developing projects related to the rhizobiome using metagenomics approaches to understand how microbial interactions with roots alter plant growth, disease resistance and crop yields. His research focuses on how roots interact with soil microbes to enhance growth and yield under stresses, such as drought, low nutrients and alkalinity.
Schachtman joined the university in 2014 and now leads a nearly $14 million multi-institutional effort to improve sorghum for biofuel production funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Nebraska’s Ed Cahoon, professor of biochemistry and director of the Center for Plant Science Innovation, was also selected as a Fellow.
ASPB award recipients will be honored at Plant Biology 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii, June 24.
ASPB is a professional scientific society, headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, that is devoted to the advancement of the plant sciences worldwide. With a membership of some 4,000 plant scientists from throughout the United States and around the world, the Society self-publishes two of the most widely cited plant science journals, The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology and in partnership with SEB and Wiley has recently launched Plant Direct. Click here for more information about ASPB.