Feb. 1, 2021
Heike Bücking, professor and head of the Biology and Microbiology Department at South Dakota State University College of Natural Sciences, has been named professor and director of the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). Bücking’s appointment is effective April 1, 2021.
“I am excited about the opportunity to join the CAFNR team,” Bücking said. “Together with faculty, staff and students of the division, I am looking forward to developing strategies to better prepare students for diverse careers, to enhance research and innovation in the division with the goal to support Mizzou’s land-grant mission, to work collaboratively with other colleges and outside entities on mutually beneficial projects, and to generate a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment for students, staff and faculty in the division.”
Bücking’s research focus is on research exchange processes in beneficial plant-microbe interactions and the development of endophytes and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi as microbial fertilizers or pesticides for sustainable agriculture of food and bioenergy crops.