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Serving Up Science: Plant Genetics and the Future of Food

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Session Description: 

A major goal for food and agricultural research is to increase the resiliency of agricultural systems to adapt to rapid changes and extreme conditions. In this free public lecture hosted by the Aspen Global Change Institute, Dr. Pam Ronald (UC Davis) will describe how genetic approaches are being used to generate the next generation of crops that will help farmers thrive in these challenging conditions. This lecture is part of AGCI's Walter Orr Robert Public Lecture Series.

Dr. Pamela Ronald is a plant geneticist whose research focuses on the immunity and stress tolerance of rice crops. Dr. Ronald is a Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at University of California Davis and the founding director of the UC Davis Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy. Ronald graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in Biology, from Stanford University with a M.S. in Biology, from Uppsala University with a M.S. in Physiological Botany and from UC Berkeley with a Ph.D. in Molecular and Physiological Plant Biology. Ronald was named a National Geographic Innovator and one of Grist’s 50 innovators who will lead us toward a more sustainable future. Along with her husband Raoul Adamchak, she is co-author of the book, Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food.

Workshop Topic (s): 
  • Climate Variability and Change (including Climate Modeling)
  • Human Contributions & Responses
  • Land-Use/Land-Cover Change