Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ronnie Coffman, International Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics and Director of International Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell. Winner of the 2013 World Agriculture Prize.
Stem rust has plagued wheat farmers for millennia, but new superstrains coming out of East Africa have the potential to overcome 80% of the world's wheat crop. Dr. Ronnie Coffman, the director of the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat Project, will outline the challenges faced by this international consortium of scientists and some of the successes in securing the world's wheat crop, especially among smallholder farmers in Asia and Africa. At the same time, participants are invited to view the “Amber Waves of Grain,” outside and West Gallery exhibits on wheat.
Note: You must register online to attend. The lecture will be about 40 minutes and then there will be time for Q&A and tours of the exhibits.