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Osorno Honored with Early Career Grain Legume Scientist Award

Dr. Juan Osorno received the Early Career Grain Legume Scientist Award at the 2017 Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab Legume Research Conference in Burkina Faso. Osorno has worked in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University since 2007 and is the leader of the dry edible bean breeding project.
Osorno Honored with Early Career Grain Legume Scientist Award

Dr. Juan Osorno

September 12, 2017

Dr. Juan Osorno received the Early Career Grain Legume Scientist Award at the 2017 Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab (LIL) Legume Research Conference in Burkina Faso. Osorno has worked in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University since 2007 and is the leader of the dry edible bean breeding project.

The LIL conference was held in partnership with Burkina Faso’s Institute of Environmental and Agricultural Research (INERA) August 13-19, 2017. The focus of the conference was the scientific achievements and research outcomes of participants in the LIL.

The Early Career Grain Legume Scientist award is presented to researchers in their first 15 years of professional research experience who have demonstrated international leadership and innovation, and a commitment to improving the livelihoods of grain legume producers and stakeholders in the grain legume chain in developing countries of Africa and Latin America. Osorno was one of two award recipients. He is the Lead Principal Investigator for the LIL “Genetic Improvement of Middle-American Climbing Beans for Guatemala” research project.

The LIL was established through the United States Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative and the U.S. Agency for International Development. According to Osorno’s colleague Dr. Phil McClean, “The LIL was funded for five years at the level of $25 million with the primary goal to work with international partners in multiple Central American and African countries to improve productivity and delivery of biotic and abiotic stress tolerant common bean and cowpea.” McClean is a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences leading the dry bean genetics and genomics project and served on the LIL Technical Management Advisory Committee. McClean is also an investigator on the Guatemalan bean project Osorno is leading.

Other NDSU researchers attending the conference were McClean, and graduate students Luz de Maria Montejo Dominguez, Carlos Maldonado Mota and Maria Gabriela Tobar Pinon. Osorno, Montejo Dominguez, Maldonado Mota and Tobar Pinon all gave presentations during the meeting. 

For more information on the Legume Innovation Lab and the Feed the Future LIL Legume Research Conference see http://legumelab.msu.edu/ and http://legumelab.msu.edu/lil_burkina_faso_conference.

Sources: Juan Osorno (701-231-8145, juan.osorno@ndsu.edu); Phil McClean (701-231-8443, phillip.mcclean@ndsu.edu)
Author: Karen Hertsgaard (701-231-5384, )
Editor: Kamie Beeson (701-231-7123, )

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