Charlie Brummer Elected Fellow of AAAS – Section on Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources

Charlie Brummer is one of two UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences faculty elected into the 2017 class of Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Brummer in the Section on Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources. The other Plant Sciences recipient is Roger Chetelat. Fifteen from UC Davis were elected this year in recognition of their efforts to “advance science and serve society.”

Charlie Brummer, Plant Sciences professor at UC Davis, is elected into the 2017 class of Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). (photo: Ann Filmer / UC Davis)

The AAAS, founded in 1848, is the world’s largest general scientific society. The tradition of electing AAAS fellows began in 1874 to recognize members for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Brummer is director of the Plant Breeding Center, and a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences. He is recognized for his distinguished contributions to the field of plant breeding and genetics, particularly for integrating genomics into traditional crop improvement programs. His current research focuses on germplasm improvement, genomics, and breeding for improved yield in alfalfa, and breeding spinach for broad spectrum resistance to downy mildew among other traits. He also has small projects on improving pasture grasses for California ranches and on breeding wild rice.

AAAS Fellows in the Department of Plant Sciences (and its predecessor departments):

  • Alan Bennett, 2005
  • Fredrick Bliss, 1991
  • Eduardo Blumwald, 2010
  • Kent Bradford, 2003
  • E. Charles Brummer, 2017
  • Ken Cassman, 2005 (former faculty)
  • Roger T. Chetelat, 2017
  • Jorge Dubcovsky, 2004
  • Jan Dvorak
  • Shu Geng, 1994
  • Paul Gepts, 2000
  • Charles E. Hess
  • Don Kasarda, 1997 (dept. affiliate)
  • F. Thomas Ledig, 2002
  • David MacKill, 2011
  • Richard Michelmore, 2002
  • David Neale, 2010
  • Calvin Qualset, 1985
  • D. William Rains, 1997
  • Neil Rutger, 1991 (dept. affiliate)
  • Johan Six, 2010
  • Venkatesan Sundaresan, 2008
  • Chris van Kessel, 2006

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