Four of the Newest Group of DuPont Fellows Focus on Crops
Given DuPont’s commitment to improving the quantity, quality, and sustainability of the world’s food supply, it’s hardly surprising that four of the recently named 2015 DuPont Fellows — the highest technical professional level in the company — have dedicated their life’s work to bolstering food production by creating crop protection products and improved seed genetics for farmers around the world.
The honorees focused their energies on the creation of agricultural products leading to higher crop yields and better quality food, aiming to improve nutrition for our entire planet.
Not everyone can say that they’ve had a direct impact on the well-being of the world’s population, but these newly minted DuPont Fellows certainly can. Here’s more about their work:
John Lindsey Flexner, a noted expert in entomological science, led the development of new methodology for studying the effects of agricultural products on pest insects. He has worked on numerous DuPont Crop Protection and DuPont Pioneer products, including DuPont™ Rynaxypyr®, which which helps conserve many important beneficial insects while controlling others, and is effective on a wide variety of crops, from corn to tree nuts, among many others.
The work of DuPont Pioneer’s Edwin Grote has led to the development a high-yielding corn germplasm. He has been involved in the development of more than 29 million Pioneer® brand maize hybrid units sold since 2008 — enough seed to plant 74 million acres of corn!
Thomas P. Selby is a crop protection expert in herbicide, fungicide, and insecticide chemistry. His discoveries include the first new mode of action broad-spectrum fungicide that DuPont has commercialized in over twenty years. He is also a co-inventor of the company’s newest class of insect protection chemistry, which includes such groundbreaking products as DuPont™ Cyazypyr®
Thomas M. Stevenson is also an agricultural chemist and researcher with an impressive record of advancements, many of which were ultimately developed into DuPont products, including DuPont™ Rynaxypyr®.
We congratulate these distinguished scientists and leaders for their well-deserved induction into the highest level of recognition at DuPont, where they join a group of 32 active Fellows. Through their continuing efforts, and their mentoring of other scientists, their work promises to have a positive impact, globally, for years to come.