Genetic engineering has only really affected three traits in major commercial plants, and none in animals. At the same time, hundreds of public laboratories have developed technologies that may solve problems for farmers, the needy, the environment and the industrialized world consumer. These new solutions are arrested because of a high cost of deregulation, a long time lag toward implementation and a negative public stigmatization. This seminar focuses on the issue that technologies exist to solve pressing problems, yet remain arrested in development due to regulatory and social issues.
CCA/CPAg: 1.0 Crop Management
CPSS/CPSC: 1.0 Professional Meeting
Kevin Folta, PhD
Professor and Chair
University of Florida
Horticultural Sciences, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program and Plant Innovation Program
Dr. Folta is a Professor and the Chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida. His laboratory examines fundamental light signal transduction and its application as an effective non-chemical control of plant growth, metabolism, development, and nutrient content with focus on high-value crop traits. His group also uses genomics approaches to identify novel genes that control important traits (such as flavor and disease resistance) in small fruits. He actively teaches science communication to scientists and farmers, and offers science-based discussions on controversial topics with a curious and concerned public. He has been recognized with awards for research, communications, undergraduate mentoring and postdoctoral advising. BS/MS Northern Illinois University 1989/1992, Ph.D. from the Laboratory for Molecular Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998.
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October 14, 2015