MSU researcher named American Society for Horticultural Science fellow

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MSU AgBioResearch's Rebecca Grumet, Dept. of Horticulture (view larger image)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch scientist Rebecca Grumet has been named a fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHA), the world’s premier professional society for horticultural science.

The ASHA is a network of national and international scientists whose research keeps fruit, nut, vegetable, turf and ornamental crop producers competitive as they raise sustainable crops. The society was founded in 1903 and is represented by members from 60 countries and all 50 states.   

“I was very pleased and honored to be named an ASHS fellow and am thankful to all of the lab members, colleagues and mentors – past and present – who have made it possible to do such interesting and enjoyable work over the years,” Grumet said. “I thank those who nominated me.”

Grumet, a professor in the MSU Department of Horticulture, is internationally recognized for her use of molecular techniques to address challenges in the field. Her research has significantly improved world knowledge of Cucumis (cucumber and melon) floral and fruit development and disease resistance.

Grumet is also internationally recognized for her risk assessment research and international devel­opment work, which has been supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This work with a group of MSU researchers has played a critical role in the education of international scientists and regulatory agencies dealing with the safety of genetically engineered crops.

“It’s a privilege to be part of the Fellows Class of 2013,” Grumet concluded. “I feel a tie – both professional and personal – to many of the other fellows who were named this year.  It’s great to carry on in the tradition of the many MSU faculty members who are ASHS fellows, and I look forward to the opportunity to nominate other deserving faculty in our department in the future!”  


MSU AgBioResearch engages in innovative, leading-edge research that combines scientific expertise with practical experience to generate economic prosperity, sustain natural resources, and enhance the quality of life in Michigan, the nation and the world. It encompasses the work of more than 300 scientists in seven MSU colleges – Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Letters, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science, Social Science and Veterinary Medicine – and has a network of 13 research centers across the state.

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