The College of Science presents the fourth of six free lectures on "Genomics Now." Current research is changing how we view DNA, the molecule essential to all life. This new series explores advances in genomics research including the genetic roots of disease and pandemics, how agriculture can satisfy our hungry planet, the role of the environment in individual development, and how genetic mutation affects species' survival.
Rod Wing, Bud Antle Endowed Chair in the School of Plant Sciences and director of the Arizona Genomics Institute at the University of Arizona, will give a talk titled "The 9-Billion-People Question." The world's population will grow to more than 9 billion in less than 40 years. How can farmers grow enough food to feed this population in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way? Research is now under way to create the next generation of green revolution crops – the so-called "green super crops" where "super" means a doubling or tripling of yields, and "green" means a reduction in the use of water, fertilizer, pesticides, etc. The 9-billion-people question is one of the world's most pressing issues. Our society must realistically solve this question within the next 25 years if we are to be able to supply farmers with the seeds required to feed the future. This lecture will explore the many facets of how to feed the world and will propose a bold solution to help solve the big question.