How do we feed a growing population and engineer crops that are resilient to climate change? How do we increase crop yields and fight crop diseases and pests while preserving our soils and water sources? The rapid advance of gene editing and other technologies has provided a new tool kit to address these questions and more, and they have already made an impact at a global scale, just at the moment when global-scale solutions are needed most.
Brian Staskawicz (UC Berkeley) and Pam Ronald (UC Davis) discuss the latest advances in using genome editing and other genetic technologies to promote sustainable agriculture at scale, both promises and potential pitfalls, and how we move from lab to field safely and equitably.
Pam Ronald, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center, founding director of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy at UC Davis, and UC Berkeley alum.
Brian Staskawicz, Maxine J. Elliot Professor of Plant & Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley and Scientific Director, Sustainable Agriculture at the Innovative Genomics Institute.
David Ackerly, Dean of the Rausser College of Natural Resources and Professor of Integrative Biology and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley.
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