Dr. Gary Stacey elected as a Fellow of the St. Louis Academy of Science

Dr. Gary Stacey elected as a Fellow of the St. Louis Academy of Science

“Since its inception, the Academy has promoted the recognition of the impressive scientists of St. Louis. This tradition continues with the 24th Annual Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards. Each award-winner represents an extraordinary caliber of expertise”.

“The Fellows Award recognizes a distinguished individual for outstanding achievement in science”.

Gary Stacey, Ph.D.
Curators’ Distinguished Professor
University of Missouri, Columbia

Dr. Stacey is a Curators’ Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has consistently been among the world leaders in the study of biological nitrogen fixation, which is of global agricultural importance. He has been instrumental in the development of genomic resources for the study of soybean. He has 13 patents, two of which support the Novozymes product OptimizeTM. He was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology and Fellow of the American Society for Plant Biology. Stacey’s main research interest lies in the mutually beneficial interaction between nitrogen-fixing bacteria and legumes, particularly soybeans. Soybean with its high protein content and nutritious oils is a crop of paramount importance to Missouri, the US and the world. Soybean plants are able to harbor bacteria in their roots that take gaseous nitrogen from the air and convert it into nitrogen-containing compounds the host plants can utilize. This natural fertilization translates into lower fertilizer requirements, with direct economical and ecological benefits in agriculture. In addition, Stacey’s research program creatively combines research with soybean and the model plant Arabidopsis, which is not able to accommodate bacterial nitrogen fixation, to tease apart the perception of microbes as friends or foes. This combination and the vast array of genetic, molecular, and biochemical approaches and their current -omics versions that Dr. Stacey employs to investigate fundamental questions in plant biology creates an outstanding research environment for young and ambitious scientists.

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Congratulation Dr. Gary Stacey !!!