The National Science Foundation (NSF) has named Kansas State University as its lead institution for the world’s first Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on wheat.  This center is the first NSF-established center for any crop plant, though others exist for engineering and electronics projects. It will focus on improving food production and disease resistance in wheat in addition to training wheat scientists. The center will be split between K-State and Colorado State University, with Dr. Bikram Gill, K-State’s distinguished professor of plant pathology and director of the university’s Wheat Genetics Research Center, will serve as the director of the NSF center.  Collaborators include the Kansas Wheat Commission and the Kansas Wheat Alliance, along with Bayer CropScience, Syngenta, Limagrain, Dow AgroSciences, General Mills and the Heartland Plant Innovation Center.  More about the new research center is at