AgBioResearch Scientist Named Editor of International Plant Research Journal

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Christoph Benning, biochemistry and molecular biology researcher, has been named editor-in-chief of The Plant Journal. (view larger image)

In recognition of his ability to recognize and review original research, as well as his own scientific contributions, Christoph Benning, AgBio biochemistry and molecular biology researcher, has been named the next editor-in-chief of The Plant Journal, an international journal devoted to publishing original research papers on fundamental plant biology problems.

“It is an awesome responsibility but also a tremendous opportunity to serve the scientific community in this way,” Benning said. “The Plant Journal is one of the top three peer-reviewed journals in the plant sciences. I’ve served on the journal’s editorial board for almost seven years and recently co-edited a special issue of The Plant Journal on using plant biomass for biofuels and biomaterials, which gave me additional insights into the inner workings of publishing.”

Benning’s research focuses on lipid metabolism in plants, algae and photosynthetic bacteria. He is using his basic research discoveries to develop new biofuel crops.

A prolific researcher, author, presenter and mentor, Benning also holds a number of patents and invention disclosures. He also serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Biological Chemistry and is former monitoring editor of Plant Physiology. He also serves on National Science Foundation review panels.

“I have worked with Christoph for several years and have been impressed by the breadth of his knowledge,” said Harry Klee, current editor-in-chief of The Plant Journal. “It is essential that the editor-in-chief be able to understand and evaluate work covering the breadth of plant biology. I am very comfortable turning over this responsibility to Christoph.”

Benning came to MSU as an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in 1998 and was named professor in 2005. He received his doctorate in genetics from MSU in 1991 and his master’s diploma in biology in 1986 from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany.

Benning will begin serving as co-editor with Klee in 2009 and will become sole editor-in-chief in 2010.

View the special issue of The Plant Journal that Benning co-edited.

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