Member, Board of Trustees
P. (Peter) Stephen Baenziger is the Nebraska Wheat Growers Presidential Chair in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska. He earned degrees from Harvard University in biochemical sciences (1972) and from Purdue University in plant breeding and genetics (MS 1975 and PhD 1975). Before joining the faculty of the University of Nebraska, he worked for eight years on wheat and barley germplasm enhancement for the USDA-ARS at Beltsville, Maryland, and three years with Monsanto Corporation on wheat plant growth regulators and biotechnology.
The focus of Dr. Baenziger’s research is to improve the agronomic performance and winter hardiness of winter wheat, barley, and triticale. He also developed new breeding methods. Dr. Baenziger has published over 180 journal articles and 40 symposia and review papers. He has co-released 33 wheat, 5 barley, and 4 triticale cultivars; and over 20 germplasm lines or populations.
Dr. Baenziger is actively involved in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Crop Science Society of America. He is past chair of the National Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee and chair of the Subcommittee on Genomics for the National Wheat Improvement Committee. He is an honorary professor at the Ningxia Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences and a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Stephen Baenziger talks about his approach as a BOT member and how he sees the future of IRRI