Biologist Gets Under the Skin of Plants--And Peers

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Science  31 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5573, pp. 1597-1599
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5573.1597

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Gary Strobel is a maestro of the increasingly rare art of bioprospecting. Scouring the remote wildernesses of the globe, Strobel ferrets out fascinating species of plants and the microbes that live within them. Back at the lab, he screens them for potential drugs, pesticides, or other useful substances. But Strobel's individualistic ways do not endear him to his peers or, on occasion, the federal authorities.