Elizabeth Ainsworth was awarded by the National Academy of Science's Prize
in Food and Agriculture Sciences. A molecular biologist in the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS),
Ainsworth was recognized for her scientific work that showed the effects of
increased levels of ozone and atmospheric carbon dioxide, drought, and other
environmental problems to crops such as maize and soybeans. Her work not
only focuses on these problems, but also involves identifying key mechanisms
by which plants respond to specific elements of climate change, resulting in
maximum potential crop production.
ARS is the USDA's main scientific in-house research agency that focuses on
solutions to agricultural problems affecting America. The NAS Prize in Food
and Agriculture Sciences Award are given to individuals in America who has
made an extraordinary contribution to agriculture.