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April 21, 2017

MSU’s Gregg Howe awarded Fellow of ASPB Award

Gregg Howe, a Michigan State University Foundation Professor and AgBioResearch scientist, is the recipient of a Fellow of ASPB Award by the American Society of Plant Biologists.

Established in 2007, the Fellow of ASPB Award recognizes distinguished and long-term contributions to plant biology and service to the society by current members in areas that include research, education, mentoring, outreach, and professional and public service.

“I am honored to receive a Fellow of ASPB Award,” said Howe, a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory. “More than anything, the award reflects the hard work and dedication of the many students and postdoctoral fellows I have had the privilege to work with over the past 20 years at Michigan State.”

Christoph Benning, Plant Research Lab director, said that Howe has played a key role in elucidating the perception mechanism of jasmonic acid in plants.

“Gregg and his coworkers have also established how plant trichomes, or leaf hairs provide chemical defenses against insects,” Benning said. “Currently, he studies how jasmonic acid affects carbon partitioning for growth and defense functions. In addition to his scientific accomplishments, Gregg has been a great citizen as editor and reviewer, and a great mentor to his students and postdocs. This recognition is well-deserved, and we congratulate Gregg on becoming a Fellow of ASPB.”

A formal awards ceremony to honor this year’s recipients will be held on June 24 during ASPB’s Plant Biology 2017 meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.