Roger Beachy, PhD

Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board
For over 10,000 years, agricultural productivity has relied on knowledge of farmers, scientists and technologists and breakthrough innovations. Indigo strives to change agriculture by selecting from nature’s microbes – those that enhance plant performance, reduce reliance on chemicals, and build resilience – and synergize them with plant seeds. Providing sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious foods to a growing population amidst changing climates requires a step change in sustainable agriculture and new types of collaboration with small farmers and large producers. Indigo is positioned to effect this step change; and I am proud to be part of this exciting venture.

Roger is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board at Indigo. He is also founding director of the World Food Center at the University of California, Davis and President Emeritus of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Roger was founding Executive Director and former CEO of the Global Institute for Food Security in 2013. In 2009 he was appointed by President Obama as the first director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), where he served until 2011. He also served as Chief Scientist at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) from January through October 2010, and was a 2001 recipient of the prestigious Wolf Prize in Agriculture. Roger also served as President of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis from 1999 - 2000. Previously, he headed the Division of Plant Biology at The Scripps Research Institute from 1991 to 1998 and was also Professor and Scripps Family Chair in Cell Biology and Co-Director of the International Laboratory for Tropical Agricultural Biotechnology at Scripps.  From 1979 to 1991, he was a biology faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis, and served as director of the university’s Center for Plant Science and Biotechnology.

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