Dr. L. David Kuykendall’s professional career has spanned more than 36 years. Earning a PhD in Microbiology in 1976 at the age of 23, Dr. Kuykendall has authored 107 scientific journal articles and book chapters. His published work has received more than 1,500 literature citations.
Early in the 1980s, Dr. Kuykendall began to be recognized internationally for significant original contributions to biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) and plant/ microbe interactions research. In 1982, Dr. Kuykendall was appointed a Senior Scientist in the Science and Technology Exchange Initiative agreed by India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and our late President Ronald Reagan, administered by the U.S. Department of State.
In 1985, Professor Hauke Hennecke invited Dr. Kuykendall to do sabbatical research at ËTH-Zurich’s Microbiology Institute. Textbooks and graduate-level courses have been revised for his discoveries. Invitation to author six chapters defining and describing four families and six genera of legume-nodulating, nitrogen-fixing bacteria in the new edition of Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology was noteworthy peer recognition. Moreover Dr. Kuykendall was invited to author a chapter in a book published by the American Phytopathological Society.
Both national and international awards have been presented to Dr. Kuykendall in recognition of the strong impact of his research and technology transfer accomplishments.