Scientific Discovery and the Fight to End Global Hunger

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Date/Time:Monday, 14 Oct 2013 at 8:00 pm
Location:Great Hall, Memorial Union
Cost:Free
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Phone:515-294-9934
Channel:World Affairs Series
Categories:Lectures, Live Green, Student activities
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Marc Van Montagu, Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert T. Fraley are joint recipients of the 2013 World Food Prize for their research and achievements in agricultural biotechnology. Norman E. Borlaug Lecture

From laboratory research to in-field applications, the innovations of Marc Van Montagu, Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert T. Fraley are helping farmers around the world improve crop yields and feed a growing global population in an increasingly volatile climate. Van Montagu, Chilton and Fraley are joint recipients of the 2013 World Food Prize for their research and achievements in agricultural biotechnology. Working in separate facilities on two continents, they were pioneers in molecular biology and the science of genetically engineering plants. Their work has made it possible to develop crops that are resistant to insects and disease, tolerate extreme variations in climate, require less chemical fertilizer and help ensure an agricultural livelihood for some of the world's poorest farmers.

A reception and student poster display will precede the lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. in the South Ballroom, Memorial Union. Posters will address world food issues and are submitted by undergraduate and graduate students.