Tuesday 12th October, 7:30pm - TALK

Hosted by Science and Faith in Norfolk

How can food production be increased when the world is in stress from a changing climate?

During the next few decades, global warming and extreme weather events such as heat-waves, droughts and floods will greatly increase the threat of food insecurity. With so much uncertainty, how can farmers provide enough food to satisfy billions of people across the globe?

Professor Cristóbal Uauy will explain how crop scientists are developing new varieties to nourish our ever-growing population in a period of rapid climate change.

In recent years, plant breeders have exploited natural genetic variation to develop cultivars with improved yield and nutritional value. Similarly, new varieties can be selected for better adaptation to a changing climate. Given the current stresses on food production systems around the world, future advances will require a broad range of new genetic techniques, including gene editing.

The research of Professor Uauy at the John Innes Centre will be used to improve crop varieties for farmers in many parts of the world, including India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. His work with wheat has gained extensive international recognition and he was recently awarded the Research Medal of the Royal Agricultural Society. He began his research career in Chile and then moved to California. With his international background, he is passionate about training the next generation of crop scientists to adapt to the changing climate all round the world.

The talk is organised by Science and Faith in Norfolk (SFN), a Norwich-based discussion group exploring the interface between science, faith and social responsibility. All are welcome - of all faiths and none. There will be a (voluntary) retiring collection.