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Noble Research Institute Promotes Biermacher, Monteros

Noble’s research economist and legume plant breeder earn promotions for ongoing contributions to their respective research fields and Noble’s mission.

Posted May 28, 2020

ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Research Institute researchers Jon Biermacher, Ph.D., and Maria Monteros, Ph.D., were recently promoted to professor.

Biermacher has served as the primary research economist for Noble Research Institute since 2005. His research focuses on generating useful economic information for agricultural producers involved in forage-based beef cattle production, pecan production and other related fields.

Biermacher develops useful information about the economic benefits and costs associated with new production and marketing systems. Farmers and ranchers can use this information to help them decide whether or not to adopt these new systems on their operations.

Beyond his research, Biermacher is highly involved with numerous organizations at the local, state and national levels. Currently, he serves on committees for the Western Agricultural Economics Association as well as the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Biermacher is also an adviser for Oklahoma’s Southern Technology Center’s Biotechnology Academy.

Monteros has led Noble Research Institute’s Legume Genomics Laboratory since 2007. Her research focuses on improved plant breeding methods to develop solutions to challenges limiting agricultural productivity, to reduce on-farm inputs to enhance the profitability of year-round forage-based grazing systems and sustainability of pecan production enterprises.

Monteros’ lab has implemented new strategies to evaluate the performance of plants under a range of stress conditions, identify better performing plants, and understand the methods plants use to cope and thrive under stressors, such as weather and nutrient deficiencies. Understanding these things will enable the development of better plant varieties with durable disease resistance and optimized for growth in multiple farming regions.

Monteros has served on the editorial board for five scientific journals and as a reviewer of grant proposals for the National Science Foundation, United States Department of Agriculture and various plant breeding programs. She is an active member of the Association for Women in Science educational awards committee and the Women in Science initiative of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America.

REPLACE THIS TEXTJon Biermacher, Ph.D., serves as the primary research economist for Noble Research Institute.
REPLACE THIS TEXTMaria Monteros, Ph.D., leads Noble Research Institute’s Legume Genomics Laboratory.

“Jon brings a unique and important perspective to our research. Economic analysis is crucial for prioritizing our research and for guiding decision-making by farmers and ranchers.”
- Michael Udvardi, Ph.D., chief scientific officer

“Maria is a role model for our early-career scientists. She has worked hard to take big steps in her research career, earning an international reputation in legume genomics and breeding.”
- Michael Udvardi, Ph.D., chief scientific officer

Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the Noble Research Institute conducts fundamental, translational and applied research; offers no-cost consultation and education to farmers, ranchers and land managers; operates seven research and demonstration farms; and educates students of all ages about science and agriculture. The Noble Research Institute was founded by Lloyd Noble, an Oklahoma oilman and philanthropist, in 1945 as The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to advance agriculture and land stewardship.

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