MU microbiologist elected fellow of American Academy of Microbiology

Monday, April 12, 2010 | 3:58 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — MU professor of plant sciences and director of the Center for Sustainable Energy Gary Stacey has received a fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology.

Stacey's work on the interactions between plant-microbes, specifically the nitrogen fixing symbiosis between legumes and bacteria, was chosen through a selective, peer-review process. Seventy-eight scientists were elected to the fellowship this year, and Stacey is the only one from MU.

"I'm extremely pleased for two reasons," Stacey said. "It's an illustrious body to be elected to, and it means one of your colleagues had to think enough of you to put together the application for the nomination."

Stacey's lab recently participated in mapping and sequencing the soybean genome, the first published complete draft genome sequence for a major crop legume species.

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