BELTSVILLE, MARYLAND, April 10, 2019—Three scientists have earned a place in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Hall of Fame for their pioneering and impactful research in agriculture sustainability, swine disease and control, and fungi of major significance to agricultural production, food safety and public health. The men and women who have been inducted into the Agricultural Research Service Science Hall of Fame represent a very special group of scientists—the best of the best. The most recent inductees (April 2019) are chemist Joan K. Lunney, microbiologist Kerry L. O’Donnell and plant physiologist Carroll P. Vance (retired).
Every member of the Hall of Fame —
- has produced a major impact on agricultural research—by solving a significant agricultural problem through research or providing outstanding leadership that significantly advanced agricultural research.
- has made accomplishments that continue to be recognized by the agricultural research community.
- possesses the character and record of achievement worthy of emulation by younger agricultural scientists.
- has made achievements that were nationally or internationally recognized by peers in the scientific community.
Inductees to the Hall are selected by a panel of peers from ARS, other federal agencies and academia. Nominations can be made by any ARS employee. To be eligible for nomination, a scientist must be retired or eligible for retirement from ARS.
Carroll P. Vance, a retired ARS supervisory plant physiologist who worked at the agency’s Plant Science Research Unit in St. Paul, Minnesota, is an international authority on plant physiology whose research on legumes is helping to ensure agricultural sustainability at a time when population growth is increasing global demand for food. His work has focused on how crops respond to nutrient-deficient soils, legume genomics and symbiotic nitrogen fixation (SNF), which gives rhizobia bacteria in legumes the ability to form root structures vital to plant development. Vance has made major contributions to increasing the genetic diversity of soybeans, producing 30,000 lines that have been used worldwide and led to many improved varieties. His studies of alfalfa, lupine and common bean have increased our understanding of how they develop, regulate SNF, and respond to nutrient deficiencies common to many soils.