Chair to honor K-State professor

By The Mercury

An endowed chair is being established at Kansas State University in honor of K-State professor Bikram Gill.

The endowed chair for wheat genetics research and breeding will be named for Gill, university distinguished professor of plant pathology and director of the Wheat Genetic Resource Center. Gill’s career and life’s work have centered on worldwide wheat genetic improvement and distributing its genetic value to the world.

Along with funds from Bayer CropScience, the chair will be funded with contributions from other private industries, friends and colleagues.

“This endowed chair will help us attract and retain the brightest minds and the world’s foremost experts in wheat genetics to Kansas State University,” said John Floros, dean of the College of Agriculture. “Research performed under the chair will address challenges facing one of the most important crops in the world, elevate the visibility and reputation of the Wheat Genetic Resource Center worldwide, and make our plant sciences program one of the best.”

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