Testimonials for Pioneer Member Ed Tolbert

Edward B. Nelson – As a young graduate student entering Michigan State in 1965, I had the good fortune to be introduced to Dr. Tolbert and to be accepted into his laboratory. What an exciting worthwhile experience those years were. He directed a diverse group of students, post docs and visiting faculty who made learning and working there a privilege. He was generous with advice and praise. At that time I had the good fortune of discovering the ” missing” glycolate oxidase in algae, which turned out to be a dehydrogenase with activity related to available carbon dioxide levels. We also saw a similar carbon dioxide effect on carbonic anhydrase levels. Dr. Tolbert recognized these findings in the broad picture of plant biology which led to his numerous contributions in this area.