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"The future of agriculture" - Lecture by Luca Comai, Department of Plant Biology and Genome Center, UC Davis

During the lecture the Prof. Comai receives the Institute Honorary Fellowship.

Sep 27, 2016 from 05:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Where Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, via Marsala 26, Bologna (first floor)

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In the next 50 years, the combination of increasing world population, degrading natural resources and changing climate will challenge sustainability of our civilization. While historical and modern plant breeding coupled with optimized agronomy have been successful at developing and exploiting crops, new approaches are needed for rapid variety development and to address local and global farming challenges. New tools for agriculture are emerging: geolocation-able agricultural drones could till, saw seeds, weed, neutralize pests and harvest fruit and crops. The concurrent development of mechanical tools and biological resources is required. The University of California, as other leading institution, is playing a role in developing methods to edit and manipulate plant and animal genomes to lead the development of a new, sustainable agriculture.

 

During the conference Prof. Luca Comai will receive the INSTITUTE HONORARY FELLOWSHIP for his contribution to research in theoretical and applied genetics for the genetic improvement of plants.

 

The Comai lab studies genetics and function of plant chromosomes, mechanisms through which plants attain genome stability and in their manipulation for efficient genome engineering.