Former AgBioResearch Scientist Honored for Lifetime Achievements

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Larry Copeland, professor emeritus of crop and soil sciences and former MAES researcher, received the 2008 Legacy Alumni Award from the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences at its annual Dean’s Dinner Oct. 31. Copeland was recognized for his distinguished record of professional achievements since graduating from his alma mater.

“Dr. Copeland is very deserving of this prestigious award,” said Jim Kells, chairperson of the MSU Crop and Soil Sciences Department. “He is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading expert in seed science and technology, and his contributions to agriculture in Michigan and the United States are significant.”

MAES associate director Doug Buhler concurred.

“Dr. Copeland has made tremendous contributions across the board in seed science and technology,” Buhler said. “His work has benefited students, the industry and science. His books and publications assure that his work will continue to have a positive impact for years to come.”

Copeland, also affiliated with MSU Extension, spent his entire MSU career teaching and conducting research on seed technology and field crops. He also consulted in seed technology programs in Southeast Asia, India and Africa, and he is author and co-author of several books on seed science and technology, including Seed Purity and Taxonomy, the first new handbook of seed testing and taxonomy in more than 50 years and the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource available for seed analysts. Published in June 2008, the book is available from MSU Press.

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