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October 31, 2013
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K-State Agronomy Professor Bai Honored as 2013 Crop Science Fellow


MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University agronomy professor, Guihua Bai, has been named a Crop Science Society of America Fellow for 2013. He will be honored at the annual Crop Science Society of America meeting Nov. 3-6 in Tampa, Fl.

The Fellow designation is the highest recognition bestowed by the CSSA. The society’s members nominate colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. Achievements in teaching, extension and industrial education and in investigative competency, as well as leadership are among those considered. In any given year, a maximum of 0.3 percent of the CSSA membership can be designated a fellow of the society.

Bai is also a research geneticist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Since coming to K-State in 2002, he has set up the first USDA Wheat Genotyping Center for U.S. hard winter wheat breeding programs in the Great Plains and conducted marker-assisted breeding for these wheat-breeding programs. 

His work has led to the co-release of 21 new wheat cultivars and the lab he leads has identified more than 20 important genes and many DNA markers to select for these genes in breeding. 

Recently, Bai’s lab cloned an important gene from wheat that controls wheat preharvest sprouting, a major problem for global white wheat production.

“My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of wheat resistance to multiple diseases and environmental stresses,” said Bai, “especially wheat resistance to scab, rust and preharvest sprouting.”

His research with wheat resistance gene mapping, molecular breeding and new germplasm characterization have improved the efficiency of gene deployment in new cultivars and led to the development of germplasm with enhanced resistance to various stresses.

Bai’s honors are numerous and include the 2011 USDA Secretary’s Honor Award for Excellence; 2010 ASA Elected Fellow; 2012 ASA Tengtou Agricultural Science Award; and the National Friendship Award by the Chinese government, the highest rank awarded to only a few foreign scientists who have made remarkable contributions to science in China. 

Bai earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

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Story by: Kaitlin Morgan
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Guihua Bai – gbai@ksu.edu or 785-532-1124