Famoso named to endowed professorship

Bruce Schultz  |  11/17/2016 8:47:02 PM

(11/17/16) CROWLEY, La. – LSU AgCenter rice breeder Adam Famoso has been selected as the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Endowed Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

The announcement by Rogers Leonard, LSU AgCenter associate vice president for plants, soils and water resources, was made on Nov. 11 during a meeting of the Louisiana Rice Research Board.

Famoso started working at the Rice Research Station in May 2015. He previously directed the international rice breeding program for Dupont Pioneer seed company.

He earned his doctorate in plant breeding and genetics from Cornell University.

Famoso has established a lab at the Rice Research Station with an automated, high-volume DNA analysis system to assist in the selection of rice breeding lines for developing potential varieties.

Steve Linscombe, director of the Rice Research Station, nominated Famoso for the professorship in a letter to Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture.

Linscombe wrote that Famoso is one of the finest young scientists in the LSU AgCenter.

“He has all of the traits of a successful research scientist such as intelligence, ingenuity, perseverance, excellent work ethics, dedication and resourcefulness,” Linscombe wrote. “Adam also has excellent people skills that have facilitated collaborative research work with fellow AgCenter scientists, as well as research counterparts at research centers in other states.”

Also at the Nov. 11 meeting, the board agreed to continue funding existing research projects at the Rice Research Station in addition to approving new projects that include:

– Research on using sodium nitrite to control feral hogs.

– Water management on nitrogen efficiency and yield of drill-seeded and delayed-flood rice production.
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LSU AgCenter rice breeder Adam Famoso. Photo by Bruce Schultz

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LSU AgCenter rice breeder Adam Famoso stands near the sign at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in Crowley, Louisiana. Photo by Bruce Schultz

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