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DuPont Pioneer Scientists Honored for Research Achievements

Marc Albertsen and Dave Bubeck Named Fellows in Crop Science Society of America


CINCINNATI, Ohio, Oct. 23, 2012 - Two DuPont Pioneer employees were recognized today for significant achievements in agricultural research by the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). Marc Albertsen, senior research fellow, and Dave Bubeck, research director, were selected as Crop Science Society of America Fellows and honored at a ceremony at the association's annual meeting.

Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by CSSA, and honorees are selected through a review process that analyzes the nominee's achievements in teaching, extension education, research, service and leadership. Up to 0.3 percent of CSSA's active and emeritus members may be elected to Fellow.

"We're proud of the recognition bestowed upon Dave and Marc. Their tireless work and dedication has improved productivity and performance of corn hybrids and soybean varieties for farmers around the world. They also are tremendous mentors to the next generation of scientists," said John Soper, vice president of Crop Genetics Research and Development at DuPont Pioneer.

For more than 30 years, Albertsen has been dedicated to advancing crop science and solving problems for Pioneer and the customer. He is one of the world's experts in plant reproductive biology. As one of the founding members of the Pioneer biotechnology research community, Albertsen led the establishment of an industry-leading reproductive biology group that has delivered two generations of hybrid seed production technologies, and is using his expertise and academic network to improve understanding of plant reproduction for potential new products.

Albertsen is a mentor in helping improve agriculture in developing countries by leading two Pioneer philanthropic ventures to bring the benefits of biotechnology to African farmers.  As a principle investigator for Improved Maize for African Soils, he is working to improve nitrogen use efficiency for African subsistence agriculture. He also dedicates his time and expertise to the Africa Biofortified Sorghum program, which focuses on improving the nutritional quality of sorghum, a dietary staple in Africa.

Albertsen received a Bachelor of Science in Botany and a Master of Science in Plant Breeding and Cytogenetics from Iowa State University. He received his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics at the University of Minnesota.

Bubeck has focused his career on creating higher yielding and more stable maize hybrids and soybean varieties. He has been at the forefront of new technologies, including efforts to leverage genetic diversity, encouraging the use of genetic marker and DNA sequence data in breeding, supporting the development of maize doubled haploids, enhancing breeding and testing development pipelines, and developing and testing research trial equipment. Bubeck has contributed greatly to increases in genetic gain for yield and improved agronomics, through his accomplishments in the private sector, as well as his service to universities and various organizations.

Bubeck also is recognized for recruiting and mentoring next-generation plant breeders, while successfully working with industry to significantly increase funding and support needed for their training and development. His mentoring efforts also extend beyond breeders, helping other areas of research and the business understand the methods, processes and science involved in commercial maize breeding through various training opportunities.

Bubeck holds a Ph.D. in Crop Science, Maize Breeding, from North Carolina State University, a Master of Science in Agronomy, Plant Breeding and Cytogenetics, and a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, from Iowa State University.  He began his career in 1991 with Northrup King, leading a comprehensive maize breeding program in southeastern Minnesota. In 1998, he moved to Johnston, Iowa, to continue his career with DuPont Pioneer.

CSSA, founded in 1955, is an international scientific society headquartered in Madison, Wisc. Members advance the discipline of crop science by acquiring and distributing information about crop breeding and genetics; crop physiology; crop ecology, management, and quality; seed physiology, production, and technology; turfgrass science; forage and grazing lands; genomics, molecular genetics, and biotechnology; and biomedical and enhanced plants. CSSA meets the needs of its members through an array of programs and services, including publications, certification programs, meetings, career services, and science policy initiatives.

DuPont Pioneer is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success™.

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10/23/12

Contact:    Bill Lloyd
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