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Tomorrow's Table: Ecologically-based Farming, Plant Genetics and the Future of Food

Sponsored by Center on Food Security and the Environment


Wednesday, January 18, 2017
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
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Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall
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Pamela Ronald is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis. She is Director of Grass Genetics at the Joint Bioenergy Institute in Emeryville and Biologist Scientist Faculty, Physical Biosciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She serves as founding Director of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy at UC Davis.

Ronald and collaborators were instrumental in identifying genes of rice that control the rice response to infection and tolerance to stress. Her research has been published in Science, Science Advances, Nature and other leading peer-reviewed scientific journals, and has also been featured in The New York Times, Organic Gardening Magazine, Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Progressive Farmer, CNN, Discover Magazine, The Scientist, Popular Mechanics, Bill Gates blog, National Public Radio the BBC and National Geographic. In 2014 she was named one of the world’s most influential scientific minds by Thomson Reuters. In 2015 she was selected by Scientific American as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in biotechnology. In 2016 she was named by Grist magazine as one of the 50 innovators and visionaries who will lead us toward a more sustainable future. Her 2015 TED talk has been viewed by more than 1.4 million people and translated into 24 languages.

This is the eighth installment of the ten-part Food and Nutrition Policy Symposium Series hosted by Stanford University's Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) and generously supported by Zach Nelson and Elizabeth Horn in memory of Phillip Falcon. FSE is a joint initiative of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

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