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MSU Researcher Named ASHS Fellow
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Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch scientist Rebecca Grumet has been named a fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHA), the world’s premier professional society for horticultural science.


Source: Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Holly Whetstone, whetst11@msu.edu

MSU Researcher Named American Society for Horticultural Science Fellow


Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch scientist Rebecca Grumet has been named a fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHA), the world’s premier professional society for horticultural science.

The ASHA is a network of national and international scientists whose research keeps fruit, nut, vegetable, turf and ornamental crop producers competitive as they raise sustainable crops. The society was founded in 1903 and is represented by members from 60 countries and all 50 states.

“I was very pleased and honored to be named an ASHS fellow and am thankful to all of the lab members, colleagues and mentors – past and present – who have made it possible to do such interesting and enjoyable work over the years,” Grumet said. “I thank those who nominated me.”

Grumet, a professor in the MSU Department of Horticulture, is internationally recognized for her use of molecular techniques to address challenges in the field. Her research has significantly improved world knowledge of Cucumis (cucumber and melon) floral and fruit development and disease resistance.

Grumet is also internationally recognized for her risk assessment research and international devel-opment work, which has been supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This work with a group of MSU researchers has played a critical role in the education of international scientists and regulatory agencies dealing with the safety of genetically engineered crops.

“It’s a privilege to be part of the Fellows Class of 2013,” Grumet concluded. “I feel a tie – both professional and personal – to many of the other fellows who were named this year.  It’s great to carry on in the tradition of the many MSU faculty members who are ASHS fellows, and I look forward to the opportunity to nominate other deserving faculty in our department in the future!”