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DAA: Bruce Maunder

Bruce Maunder

Lubbock, TX | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1997

Dr. A Bruce Maunder, a native to Holdrege, Nebraska, is senior vice president of Sorghum Research at DeKalb Genetics Corp. Dedicated to developing insect resistance, drought tolerance, and disease resistance; his 37 years of research and development at DeKalb have brought Monumental Strides toward improving sorghum crops. Dr.  Maunder’s research programs span the globe, located in the United States as well as 17 other countries. The yellow endosperm germplasm he developed was widely utilized in breeding programs in Africa and Asia. Dr. Maunder also was responsible for creating and maintaining a collaborative breeding program with Argentina. His leadership in the development of greenbug tolerant hybrids has profoundly expanded the productivity of sorghum farmers in the United States. Varieties developed by his programs include more than 150 commercial sorghum hybrids grown on almost 10 million acres annually. While maintaining his research efforts, Dr. Maunder has strongly supported education. He has been a mentor for several undergraduate and graduate students, sponsored scholarships for students, delivered many guest lectures, and conducted vital internal training at DeKalb. He also served on the Dean’s Advisory Committee at Texas Tech University. Dr. Maunder is a respected voice in several professional organizations. He is past president of the Crop Science Society of America. He is former member of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, and served on a crop advisory committee for the National Germplasm System. Dr. Maunder has been honored with numerous distinctions, including an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Nebraska in 1991. He also was named a Nebraska University Master Alumnus in 1989.