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Texas A&M alumna inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame

Posted at 11:15 AM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 12:22:59-05

COLLEGE STATION, TX — A Texas A&M alumna will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Twenty-two innovation pioneers were announced as the National Inventors Hall of Fame 2020 class of Inductees.

Texas A&M alumna and inventor of 1-MCP, Sylvia Blankenship, is being inducted with her posthumous co-inventor Edward Sisler.

Blankenship and Sisler invented 1-MCP, a compound that has become essential in preventing food waste, and increasing accessibility to fresh fruits, vegetables and cut flowers.

Contributing to large reductions in food waste, and year-round access to fresh fruit, 1-MCP is best known for its use with apple crops under the trade name SmartFresh™.

SmartFresh is used on more than 30 crops, including 50 to 70% of the apples harvested in the United States.

Blankenship earned her bachelor of science and master of science degrees in horticulture science at Texas A&M University,

The innovators will be honored at NIHF's Induction Ceremony in Washington D.C. on May 6-7.