Plant breeders are leveraging new and time-tested technologies and approaches to accelerate the development of nutritious, resource-friendly, climate-smart and high-yielding crops, essential to sustainably feed a growing global population. Gene-editing is revolutionising crop improvement by enhancing precision and efficiency over earlier breeding and crop biotechnology methods and is accelerating the development of improved plant varieties. However, an international consensus regarding an appropriate regulatory framework for gene edited crops is lacking and complicates international trade. This science- and evidence-based presentation on gene editing and food systems explores the most pertinent aspects of gene editing and crop biotechnology, including a technology overview, the global regulatory landscape, challenges, impacts and opportunities.
About Fredy Altpeter
Fredy Altpeter is a Professor of Plant Molecular Biology and Physiology at University of Florida, Gainesville, USA. His research programme integrates traditional plant breeding, translational genomics, biotechnology, and genome editing to identify critical heredity units and develop genetically improved cereals, turf, and biomass/bioenergy grasses. He has served as an associate editor for many reputed journals. He has been awarded the University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship in 2013 and 2018, SIVB Distinguished Scientist Award in 2020, SIVB Fellow in 2018 and CSSA Fellow in 2021. He is visiting Ahmedabad University on the Rasila and Chandrakant Kadia Endowed Visiting Professorship.
Date: August 16, 2023
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Venue: 113, School of Arts and Sciences