Ejeta, Gebisa

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Innovation Title Categories Lead Inventor
Sorghum Germplasm
  1. Agriculture
  2. Food and Nutrition
Ejeta, Gebisa
Crops with Increased Resistance to Fungal Disease
  1. Agriculture
  2. Biotechnology
Mengiste, Tesfaye D


Dr. Gebisa Ejeta is a Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics and International Agriculture and the Director of the Center for Global Food Security at Purdue University. Dr. Ejeta has devoted his career to improving the production and availability of sorghum in his native Africa. In 2009, he was awarded The World Food Prize, considered the Nobel Prize of Agriculture, for the development of sorghum lines that are drought and striga resistant. He also received a national medal of honor from the President of Ethiopia. In 2010, he was named a U.S. Science Envoy. In 2011, he was appointed by President Obama to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). In 2015, he was awarded the Morril Award, which was initiated to honor the Morrill Act of 1862 (allowed for establishment of land-grant colleges and universities) and recognizes those who careers have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and engagement missions, as well as in synergies among them. Dr. Ejeta is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advance of Science, the Crop Science Society of America, and the American Society of Agronomy. He received a B.S. in Plant Sciences from Alemaya College and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Breeding & Genetics from Purdue University.

For additional information, visit Dr. Ejeta's Purdue website https://ag.purdue.edu/agry/Pages/gejeta.aspx.