Edward S. Buckler
Above, Buckler examines the genetic variation in starch production
and pro-vitamin A in maize. His discovery of genes controlling starch content
will permit breeding of corn that is more efficient for ethanol production.
Buckler's research (Feb. 2001)
ARS Geneticist Earns Top Early Career Award
Pons February 9, 2005
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9
S. Buckler, a research geneticist with the Agricultural Research Service
(ARS), today will receive that agencys highest honor for a young
scientist, the Herbert L. Rothbart Outstanding Early Career Research Scientist
Award. ARS is the U.S. Department of
Agricultures chief scientific agency.
Buckler, who works at the ARS
Plant, Soil and Nutrition Laboratory in Ithaca, N.Y., is being recognized
for pioneering genetic approaches that let researchers identify individual
genes controlling complex agronomic traits.
Buckler and other ARS scientists will be honored for their 2004
accomplishments here today at a 1 p.m. ceremony at USDA headquarters. Buckler
will receive a plaque, a cash award and additional funding for his research
Dr. Buckler has had a substantial impact on maize research and
the scientific community at large, said ARS Administrator Edward B.
Knipling. This is evidenced by his authorship of 26 publications in
high-profile journals, as well as five software packages and the presentation
of more than 38 invited papers to various groups at international and national
symposia, seminars and scientific meetings.
Buckler started his ARS career in 1998, at its
Science Research Unit in Raleigh, N.C. He joined the Ithaca laboratory in
He has spent the past five years developing and adapting strategies
for mapping complex traits in plants to within a single gene, vastly improving
gene-research resolution. These new strategies, which previously had virtually
no application in plant genetics, make it possible to exploit the natural
variation and diversity that have developed over the history of a crop species.
This work extends strategies that have been used extensively in
medical genetics to pinpoint the causes of diseases in humans.
Also significant is Bucklers subsequent use of this new method
to evaluate genes in maize. According to Knipling, Bucklers discovery of
genes controlling starch content will permit the breeding of corn that is more
efficient for ethanol production, and his discovery of genes involved in
flowering time will permit the rapid adaptation of corn from one climatic zone
Buckler received a bachelors degree in 1992 from the
University of Virginia and a doctorate
in 1997 from the University of Missouri.
He also conducted postdoctoral research at North Carolina State in 1997 and 1998.
Buckler has been elected to the Maize Genetics Executive Committee,
and he serves as an advisor to the United Nations
Food and Agriculture Organization, the U.S.
National Science Foundation and the European Unions Scientific
A native of Arlington, Va., Buckler lives in Ithaca with his wife
Carlyn and son Edward.