Roy G. Cantrell, vice president of agricultural research at Cotton Incorporated, has received the honor of Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy. This prestigious award was presented recently at the 2003 Annual Meetings of American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).
Cantrell is a recognized leader in cotton genetics and germplasm development. His current responsibilities include overseeing research in broad areas spanning cotton genetic improvement; biotechnology; disease, weed, insect management, precision agriculture and production economics, and cottonseed quality.
He led the effort to create the Cotton Incorporated Fellowship program in 2002 that trains graduate and postdoctoral students in cotton breeding, genetics, and biotechnology. He has served as both associate editor and technical editor for Crop Science. He was the first chairperson of the International Cotton Genome Initiative and is a technical adviser to the National Cotton Council Fiber Quality Task Force
Cantrell has degrees from Texas Tech University and the University of Minnesota.