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Noble scientist earns prestigious recognition for fourth year

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ARDMORE, Okla. — A Noble Research Institute scientist recently earned the distinction of being among the most cited researchers in the world, for the fourth consecutive year.

Michael Udvardi, Ph.D., chief scientific officer, was recently recognized as a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher. Udvardi is among the top 1 percent of science and social science researchers in the world and one of only 207 plant and animal scientists honored.

"For the Noble Research Institute to have one of the most influential researchers in the plant and animal sciences is a remarkable accomplishment," said Bill Buckner, president and CEO. "Our plant science and agricultural research continues to spur scientific discovery that will yield tangible benefits for farmers and ranchers."

Researchers were ranked by their number of "highly cited papers," which are determined by how many times the researcher's published findings have been cited in journals or by other researchers. Scientists in the top 1 percent (in their given field of research) from 2005 to 2015 were included in the Clarivate Analytics Web of Science list, which comprised 3,539 researchers worldwide in 21 science and social science fields.

"Publishing our research is a crucial aspect of what we do as scientists," Udvardi said. "We need to share the results of our research so the science community as a whole can continue to advance and better understand plant and animal biology and its interaction with the environment as we strive to provide solutions to great agricultural challenges."

The Highly Cited Researchers accolade is a lifelong status, and honorees earn recognition in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science's 2017 report. "I'm proud to receive such recognition," Udvardi said. "But credit also goes to our laboratory teams, who work so effectively to make the discoveries that we report. It is satisfying to know that our work at Noble is reaching and impacting others."

Udvardi's research uses plant functional genomics to study how plants obtain and use nitrogen for growth in agriculturally-significant crops, especially legumes and grasses.

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Michael UdvardiNoble Research Institute chief scientific officer Michael Udvardi, Ph.D., was recently recognized as a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher.

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, Noble’s goal is to achieve regenerative land stewardship in grazing animal production with producer profitability. Achievement of this goal will be measured by farmers and ranchers profitably regenerating hundreds of millions of acres of U.S. grazing lands. Noble aims to remove, mitigate or help producers avoid the barriers that deter the lasting use of regenerative, profitable land management practices in grazing animal production.

Researchers, consultants, educators and ranch staff work together to give farmers and ranchers the skills and tools to regenerate the land in a profitable manner. Noble researchers and educators seek and deliver answers to producer questions concerning regenerative management of pasture and range environments, wildlife, pecan production, and livestock production. Regenerative management recognizes that each decision made on the ranch impacts the interactions of the soil, plants, water, animals and producers. Noble’s 14,000 acres of working ranch lands provide a living laboratory on which to demonstrate and practice regenerative principles and ideas to deliver value to farmers and ranchers across the U.S.

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