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Symposium: Speaking of Food: connecting basic and applied science

Miller, Allison [1], Kellogg, Elizabeth [2].

Speaking of Food: connecting basic and applied science.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that food production must rise 70% over the next 40 years to meet the demands of a growing population that is expected to reach nine billion by the year 2050. Many facets of basic plant science promoted by the Botanical Society of America (BSA) are important for agriculture; however, connections between basic research and applied agricultural science could be made more explicit. For example, BSA members are studying evolution and genome structure in crop plants, drought tolerance, ecological and evolutionary responses to climate change, gene flow, ethnobotany, and pollination biology, all of which are relevant for agriculture. The principal goal of this symposium is to highlight basic research happening in crop species and their wild or weedy relatives, and to demonstrate how this work is relevant to applied agricultural research, crop improvement, and the conservation of crop genetic resources. "Speaking of Food" will bring together a diverse group of scientists working on various aspects of the biology of food plants, who normally present their research within their own disciplines or atother meetings. The symposium will diversify the botany meetings by attracting speakers from non-academic institutions who are working in more "applied" fields of botany, and will highlight alternative, non-academic careers for plant scientists.

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1 - Saint Louis University, Biology, 3507 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63130, USA
2 - University of Missouri - St. Louis, Department of Biology, One University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63121-4499, USA, 314/516-6217

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Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY06
Location: Grand Ballroom A/Riverside Hilton
Date: Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Time: 8:30 AM
Number: SY06SUM
Abstract ID:19
Candidate for Awards:None

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