For Immediate Release
Date Posted: 10 June 2022
The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) is pleased to announce that Dr Jodi Scheffler of the USDA’s Crop Genetics Research Unit has been named the 2022 ICAC Researcher of the Year, according to Dr Keshav Kranthi, Chief Scientist of the ICAC and himself a winner of the award in 2009.
ICAC honours a leading cotton researcher each year by awarding a certificate of recognition, a shield and an honorarium of $1,000. Dr Scheffler was selected by an independent panel of six eminent experts from six different countries.
Dr Scheffler, who also is an adjunct Professor at Mississippi State University, worked for 12 years in the United Kingdom and Germany. In the UK, she established large scale methods to track canola (Brassica napus) pollen movement. This work was used to develop biosafety regulations for the UK, USA and many European countries.
During her time at USDA, Dr Scheffler has been instrumental in identifying, developing and making available molecular markers for use by the cotton community. Her research focusses on increasing cottonseed use and incorporating traits that will improve host plant resistance (HPR).
In addition to being named the 2022 ICAC Researcher of the Year, Dr Scheffler has earned many other awards during her distinguished career, including the 2014 National Cotton Genetics Research Award, co-recipient of the 2016 Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Regional STEM Education award and the 2016 Secretary of Agriculture’s Abraham Lincoln Award.
Dr Jodi Scheffler
About the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)
Formed in 1939, the ICAC is an association of cotton producing, consuming and trading countries. It acts as a catalyst for change by helping member countries maintain a healthy world cotton economy; provides transparency to the world cotton market by serving as a clearinghouse for technical information on cotton production; and serves as a forum for discussing cotton issues of international significance. In addition, members can take advantage of the ICAC’s global network of cotton researchers, whose expertise covers the supply chain from farm to textile manufacturing, and have free access to its cutting-edge technologies like the voice-based app and virtual technology cotton training programme. Committed to ensuring cotton’s continued sustainability, the ICAC is the only intergovernmental commodity body covering cotton that is recognised by the United Nations. For more information, please visit www.icac.org, Twitter or LinkedIn.