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Mergoum Receives Crop Science Society of America Fellow Award

Department of Plant Sciences wheat breeder Mohamed Mergoum has been honored with the Crop Science Society of America Fellow Award. Fewer than one percent of CSSA members receive the Fellow Award, which is presented for exceptional education, service and research efforts in agronomy. Mergoum received the award during the CSSA Annual Meeting in November.
Mergoum Receives Crop Science Society of America Fellow Award

Mohamed Mergoum (right) receives the CSSA Fellow Award from CSSA President David Baltensperger

Mohamed Mergoum was honored as a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) in November. He received the award during the joint annual meeting of the CSSA, the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), which was held in Long Beach, CA November 4-6, 2014. A total of 11 CSSA members received the Fellow Award this year. Mergoum is the Richard C. Frohberg Spring Wheat Breeding/Genetics Endowed Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University.

According to the CSSA, the Fellow Award is given to only 0.3% of the scientific society’s membership and rewards “outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service and research.” CSSA Fellows are nominated by fellow society members and it is the top award given by the society.

Mergoum has served on the CSSA and ASA Boards at different responsibility levels. Recently, he served on the CSSA Board from 2011 to 2013. During that time the Board made the decision to make all scientific publications available digitally through the CSSA/ASA/SSSA Digital Library.  Mergoum served as the Crop Breeding and Genetics Division Representative on the Board. He also received the ASA Fellow Award in 2012.

Prior to his tenure at NDSU, Mergoum studied at IAV (Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary), Rabat, Morocco, the University of Minnesota and Colorado State University and worked as the wheat and triticale breeder for the International Wheat and Maize Improvement Center (CIMMYT) at Mexico and Turkey. His research at NDSU focuses on developing spring wheat cultivars/germplasm with superior yield, quality and disease resistance.

More than 5000 crop scientists are members of the CSSA, which was established in 1956. About 700 Fellows have been honored since 1956 when the society was established.

The CSSA, ASA and SSSA work together but each has their own bylaws and governing boards of directors.  The joint meeting of the three societies is held annually.

For more information on the 2014 ASA/CSSA/SSSA Annual Meeting, see www.acsmeetings.org.

Source: Mohamed Mergoum, 701-231-8478, mohamed.mergoum@ndsu.edu
Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu

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