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Engineering Plants: The 12,000 Year Plan

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Join Professor Lisa Ainsworth for a journey that will take us through the past, present and future of bioengineering plants.

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About 12,000 years ago, early humans began directly shaping nature through selective breeding of plants and animals. This moment in time is called the Agricultural Revolution. What humans eat today, in Chicago and around the globe, is a direct result of the advances made thousands of years before any of us were ever born. But the truth is that the Agricultural Revolution never stopped. In some ways, it’s just begun…

Join Professor Lisa Ainsworth (Plant Biology, University of Illinois and USDA ARS) for a journey that will take us through the past, present, and even the future. Learn how our distant ancestors changed the course of history through selective plant breeding. Uncover how genetically modified plants are created and consumed today. And discover how humanity will meet some of the vast challenges of the future with plant engineering!

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Tuesday, October 27th, 2020, 4:00-5:00 pm CT, C2ST Facebook Live & C2ST TV Youtube Live.

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Lisa Ainsworth, PhD

Lisa Ainsworth is the Research Leader of the Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit and an Adjunct Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She received her BS in Biology at UCLA and PhD in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her research aims to improve crop responses to global atmospheric change, including rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and ozone pollution. She has held leadership roles in the American Society of Plant Biologists, the International Society for Photosynthesis Research and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. In 2019, Lisa was awarded the National Academy of Sciences Prize in Food and Agricultural Sciences and was an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2020.

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