Michael Fromm, Ph.D.Helping to feed the earth
Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture
Institute of Agricultural and Natural Resources, UNL
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His mission: Feed the earth’s growing population. Dr. Michael Fromm heads the multiuniversity Plant Genome Research Center, studying how plants perceive and react to stresses such as disease and drought. This enables scientists to create higher-yielding crops adapted to diverse climates around the world.
Initially, the National Science Foundation awarded UNL a $6 million grant to establish the center to study key enzymes in rice. Because rice is the first cereal crop whose genome has been completely sequenced, it serves as a model for other important cereal crops, such as corn, wheat, and sorghum.