Katrien M. Devos, a faculty member in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America.
The nomination and selection of Devos, a professor of crop and soil sciences, as a CSSA Fellow recognizes a career dedicated to breaking new ground in understanding the genetics and evolutionary biology of crops and in the search for more resilient and sustainable crop varieties. From mapping the genomes of orphan crops, like finger and foxtail millet, to tracking the genetic evolution of agronomic and wild grasses, Devos has played an integral role in the development of a more food-secure world.
The CSSA, the premier international scientific society for crop scientists and crop breeders, selects CSSA Fellows to recognize members for professional achievements and meritorious service. Only up to 0.3% of the society’s active and emeritus members may be elected as Fellows. Fellowship is the highest level of recognition offered by the society.
Since the program was established, 24 UGA professors have been selected as CSSA Fellows; four of them are still active in UGA agricultural research.
The CSSA will recognize Devos formally when she travels to San Antonio, Texas, for the society’s awards ceremony this fall.