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Source: Noble Foundation news release

Two Noble Foundation scientists recently earned the distinction of being among the most cited researchers in the world.

Michael Udvardi, Ph.D., senior vice president and Plant Biology Division director, and Wolf Scheible, Ph.D., professor and principal investigator, were recently recognized as Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers. Udvardi and Scheible are among the top 1 percent of science and social science researchers in the world, and two of only 176 plant and animal scientists honored.

"Publishing our research is a key component of what we do as scientists," Udvardi said. "We want to share our information so the science community as a whole can continue to advance and understand the world around us, specifically so that we can improve agriculture locally, nationally and internationally."

"The real impact of our publications can be seen by the number of citations they earn," said Scheible.

Researchers were ranked by their number of "highly cited papers," which is published documentation about a researcher's findings that has been cited in journals or by other researchers. Those scientists in the top 1 percent (in their given field of research) from 2002 to 2012 were included in the Thomson Reuters list which comprised 3,200 researchers worldwide in 21 science and social science fields.

"For the Noble Foundation to have two 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."

The Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers accolade is a lifelong status and earns them recognition in Thomson Reuters' 2014 The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds report. "We are proud to receive such recognition," Scheible said. "But credit also goes to our laboratory teams who work so diligently. It is satisfying to know that our work at the Noble Foundation is helping others."

Udvardi's research uses plant functional genomics to study agriculturally significant crops. Scheible's research looks at how crops use nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen. Both scientists are working to improve efficiencies in plants.

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