LAURELS: Our ‘New Innovator in Food and Agriculture’

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The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research has selected Amélie Gaudin, assistant professor of agroecology, as one of the nine inaugural recipients of the New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Award. They will receive a total of $4.8 million in research support over five years.

GaudinEstablished by the U.S. Farm Bill of 2014, the nonprofit Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is charged with complementing and furthering the work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The New Innovator award supports new faculty and their teams of students and scholars to conduct research with the potential to expand food availability and encourage sustainable agriculture practices.

The foundation gave awards in five of its priority research areas: plant efficiency; sustainable farm animal productivity, resilience and health; water use; nutrition and healthy food choices; and soil health, which is Gaudin’s expertise.

“This award will allow us to tackle critical gaps in understanding how to optimize root traits to better exploit improvements in soil health in rain-fed and irrigated cropping systems,” she said.

“By testing how breeding has impacted corn and tomato root and rhizosphere processes critical to cycle and uptake resources, we hope to shed light on how breeders and producers can grow more productive and resilient crops using sustainable practices at a …

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