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9 Billion Mouths to Feed: Should we turbocharge crops to feed the world?

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Prof. Howard Griffiths will discuss the food security debate: the world’s population is expected to increase to 9 billion over the upcoming 50 years; can we rely on traditional plant breeding to deliver in the face of intensifying climatic extremes? Does the solution lie in engineering plants to enhance photosynthetic rates, crop production and therefore yield? what are the technical and social challenges of such a scheme? The presentation will focus on the “hows”, whereas the following discussion will focus on the “whys”, and consider the pitfalls and pratfalls which thus far have bedeviled the food security debate.

This talk is part of the The Triple Helix Lecture Series series.

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