Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II

Supporting agricultural development through biotechnology

Ronnie Coffman

Ronnie Coffman is the Co-Director of ABSPII. He is also International Professor of Plant Breeding, Director of International Programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University , and Principal Investigator of the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat (DRRW) project. Previous positions include Associate Dean for Research for CALS, Director of Cornell University's Agricultural Experiment Station, and Plant Breeder at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Coffman's work has been important to the development of improved rice varieties grown on several million hectares throughout the world. He has collaborated extensively with institutions in the developing world and has served as a board member for several international institutes. His Ph.D. is from Cornell and undergraduate work was done at the University of Kentucky, his home state.