January 5, 2016

Two RIPE researchers rank among the world’s most influential


Seven University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list for 2015.

The list includes “some of the world’s most influential scientific minds,” according to a statement from Thomson Reuters. “About 3,000 researchers earned this distinction…ranking among the top 1 percent most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.”

The list is based on an analysis of journal article publication and citation data, an objective measure of a researcher’s influence over the past 12 years.

The highly cited Illinois researchers include crop sciences and plant biology professor Stephen P. Long (plant and animal science) and plant biology professor Donald Ort (plant and animal science) who are both a part of Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE), a multi-institutional research project that aims to engineer plants that more efficiently turn the sun’s energy into food to increase worldwide food productivity.

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Writer: Sarah Banducci

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