MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — The Kansas State University (KSU) Foundation, using funds from a technology license agreement with Bayer CropScience of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, U.S., is helping KSU establish an endowed chair for wheat genetics research and breeding in honor of  Bikram Gill, a well-known KSU professor of plant pathology and director of the Wheat Genetic Resource Center.

The chair will receive funding from Bayer through its wheat germplasm and technology license agreement with KSU and from additional contributions from other private industries, friends and colleagues.

“This endowed chair will help us attract and retain the brightest minds and the world’s foremost experts in wheat genetics,” said John Floros, dean of the KSU College of Agriculture.
In addition to supporting the Gill Chair, funds provided to KSU by Bayer CropScience will promote additional improvement and development of hybrid wheat production.