2018 AGRO Division Fellow – John J. Beck

For continued and substantial contributions of time, talents,
and service to the AGRO Division and agrochemical science

John J. BeckJohn J. Beck holds a BS in chemistry (UC Riverside) and a PhD in natural
products chemistry (Colorado State University). After ten-years of teaching
organic chemistry and running a natural products laboratory, he joined the
USDA Agricultural Research Service in 2006 as a Research Chemist in Albany, California. In 2016, he relocated to Gainesville, Florida, to join the Chemistry Research Unit as a Research Leader. John is best known for his work with developing a synthetic blend of host plant volatiles to attract the California tree nut insect pest, navel orangeworm. His overall interests are chemical communications among plants, insects, and microbes. He has authored or co-authored 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals, several book chapters, and is lead inventor on four patents. The vast majority of these publications relate to plant-insect-microbe interactions of agricultural systems.

John has been a member of ACS for more than 25 years and an active member in the AGRO Division. He has been member of the AGRO Executive Committee and was recently elected the 2019 Vice-Chair. He has been involved as a coorganizer for numerous symposia, topic champion for Chemical Signaling, an invited speaker for several AGRO symposia, and co-editor for two ACS Symposium Books.

Other service to ACS includes mentoring ACS SEED students, reviewing more than 60 ACS journal manuscripts, and serving on the Editorial Advisory Board for J. Agric. Food Chem. By participating in AGRO activities he has been able to keep up to date with important issues, to continue to interact and learn from experts, and to form critical contacts with scientists and stakeholders. Because he has benefitted both professionally and personally from membership in the AGRO division, John enjoys giving time and energy back to the chemical community, or, in his own words, brainwashing young minds about the joys of chemical communication in agricultural ecology.