Dixon will begin a one-year term as the organization's president-elect beginning Oct. 1, 2014, will serve as president for one year beginning Oct. 1, 2015, and will serve as past-president for one year beginning Oct. 1, 2016.
"I am excited to serve this important organization at a time when investment in plant science research is so critical for the future of the planet," Dixon said.
Working with public and private partners, Dixon will assist the organization with its goals of advancing plant science research, growing research funding and developing partnerships for research projects.
The American Society of Plant Biologists was founded in the 1920s to promote the growth and development of plant biology, to encourage and publish research in plant biology, and to promote the interests and growth of plant scientists. The organization currently publishes two world-class journals, The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology.
Dixon also recently was appointed to a National Research Council committee examining the history, safety, benefits and drawbacks of genetically modified crops around the world. More information on Dixon's various research projects can be found in the 2014 issue of UNT Research