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Should we use genetically engineered plants to help mitigate climate change

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Wednesday, January 3, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Join us from 5:00-5:30 PM for a half hour of refreshments and conversation. Our speaker will begin at 5:30 PM.

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Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park

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Wolfgang Busch, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute.

Dr. Busch’s work focuses on understanding which genes, genetic networks, and molecular processes determine root phenotypes. For this, his laboratory exploits natural genetic variation in the model plant Arabidopsis and uses a systems genetics approach that combines large-scale phenotyping, genome wide association studies, genetics, and genomics to find and characterize genes, their alleles, and the genetic networks that ultimately determine root growth.

Should we use genetically engineered plants to help mitigate climate change?

Mitigation of climate change is of utmost importance to prevent global catastrophe and human suffering at an unseen scale in the not so far future. Unfortunately, our entire global economy is based on carbon based fuels and it seems to be very unlikely that restriction of fossil based energy production and transport can be cut to a level that would be needed for an effective mitigation of CO2 level induced climate change. Engineering solutions for removing CO2 from the atmosphere are emerging but it is unclear how efficient and scalable these are. On the other hand, plants have evolved the capability to convert atmospheric CO2 into biopolymers and therefore represent distributed systems for carbon removal that are highly scalable. Molecular plant biology and plant engineering therefore provide a way to optimize and enhance these natural capabilities and to allow for efficient carbon sequestration and therefore climate change mitigation and intervention.

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