Featured Profile: Felix Fritschi
Dr. Felix Fritschi is working to feed the future.
By 2050, the earth’s population will exceed 9 billion. Fritschi, recognized as one of the world’s top crop physiologists, is at the forefront of efforts to meet the enormous demand for food production.
Fritschi has made major contributions to understanding what physiologically occurs and what genes are active or inactive in plants exposed to drought and heat. He has garnered millions in research funding for projects at the University of Missouri, including a $1.5 million grant to simulate drought conditions in the field. Fritschi studies various crops including maize, cotton and soybeans, investigating the biological processes that could improve drought tolerance as well as key genetic markers that can be used to select and improve soybean breeds. Additionally, he has invented measurement techniques to understand plant health using digital imaging and color spectrum analysis. Recently, he has researched biofuel potential in sorghum and switchgrass.
Fritschi’s laboratory discoveries serve as a platform for the development of real-world products and practices – helping to improve food security and increase profitability for farmers.
Dr. Felix Fritschi is associate professor of plant sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and a member of MU’s Interdisciplinary Plant Group.
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