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Neil Wayne Widstrom

agricultural geneticst

Neil Wayne Widstrom, American agricultural geneticst. Achievements include over 25 releases of germplasm for corn and sorghum; research in resistance to insects and resistance to contamination by aflatoxin in corn and sorghum.

Background

Widstrom, Neil Wayne was born on November 11, 1933 in Hecla, South Dakota, United States. Son of John William and Tena (Frohling) Widstrom.

Education

Bachelor of Science, South Dakota State University, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, South Dakota State University, 1962.

Career

Postdoctoral fellow Genetics Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 1963-1964. Research geneticist United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, Tifton, Georgia, since 1964.

Achievements

  • Achievements include over 25 releases of germplasm for corn and sorghum. Research in resistance to insects and resistance to contamination by aflatoxin in corn and sorghum.

Works

  • Contributor articles to professional journals. Editorial board Crop Science Society of America Journal, 1986-1992.

Membership

Chairman board directors Brother Charlie Rescue Center, Tifton, since 1989. Board directors Meals on Wheels, Tifton. Board governors Lutheran Laymen's League, 1970-1990, 93—.

With United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1954-1958. Fellow American Society Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America. Member Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta.

Connections

Married Virginia Rose Elder, September 4, 1960. Children: Gerald Allen, Jeffrey Lee.

father:
John William Widstrom

mother:
Tena (Frohling) Widstrom

spouse:
Virginia Rose Elder

children:
Gerald Allen Widstrom

Jeffrey Lee Widstrom