How can the Earth provide food for its nine billion people by 2050? That is the question being tackled by Prof. Rod A. Wing who holds the Bud Antle Endowed Chair at the University of Arizona School of Plant Sciences and is also the Director of the Arizona Genomics Institute.
Wing will be at the Arizona Senior Academy on Wednesday (March 20) to provide an encore performance of his lecture at the UA College of Science “Genomics Now” lecture series.
The alternative to widespread famine may result from research into “green super crops” with double or triple the productivity of current agricultural practices, greater nutritional value, and concurrent reductions of water, fertilizers, and pesticides. An important focus is on rice, which feeds over half the populace. Dr. Wing is working with fellow rice experts around the globe to greatly increase research that can be applied in a variety of regions and climates.
Part of the research will involve genetic engineering that goes beyond the current focus on immunity to herbicides and pests.
The lecture starts at 4 p.m., and Prof. Wing will answer questions from the audience at its conclusion.
Submitted by Marcia Neugebauer, Academy Village Volunteer