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Dave Hoisington joined UGA as the Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Peanut Productivity and Mycotoxin Control (Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab) in September of 2013. He has a joint appointment as a Senior Research Professor in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department. Following the successful completion of the Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab in September of 2017, he was appointed Director of the new Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut (Peanut Innovation Lab) that was awarded to UGA in January 2018. The Peanut Innovation Lab is one of the 23 Innovation Labs that are part of the U.S. government’s Global Food Security Strategy. Supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Innovation Labs are networks of researchers in the United States and abroad working together to improve food security and reduce poverty in key countries of the Feed the Future initiative. The Peanut Innovation Lab applies leading innovative U.S. science to improve peanut production and use, raise nutrition awareness, and increase food safety in developing countries in the Americas and Africa.
Prior to joining University of Georgia, Dave was the Deputy Director General for Research at the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) based in Hyderabad, India.
Prior to ICRISAT, he served in various positions at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico leading the Genetic Resources Program and the Applied Biotechnology Center for nearly 16 years. Prior to working at CIMMYT, was an Assistant Research Professor in the Agronomy Department at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri where he conducted research in maize genetics and was involved in developing some of the first molecular maps for maize.
Dave has published over 100 refereed journal articles, 30 book chapters and made numerous invited presentations at international conferences.