Crop Diseases That Threaten Global Food Security (and Your Breakfast)


Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7:00pm to 8:15pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St

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Jacques Avelino, Plant Pathologist, French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) 

Meghan Dewdney, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Citrus Research and Education Center, University of Florida

Gary Foster, Professor of Molecular Plant Pathology, University of Bristol

Randy C. Ploetz, Professor of Plant Pathology, Tropical Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida

Angela Records, International Agricultural Research Advisor, United States Agency for International Development

Moderated by Jean Beagle Ristaino, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Plant Pathology and Director of Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security, North Carolina State University

Coffee, oranges, bananas, and potatoes are among the most widely-consumed breakfast foods in the United States. What if these morning staples were to become scarce or unavailable? In this panel discussion, specialists in plant pathology and agriculture will discuss the emerging diseases that pose serious threats to these and other crops, and to the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people involved in their cultivation. The panelists will highlight approaches to understanding the evolution of plant pathogens, tracking how they spread around the globe, and developing strategies to combat plant diseases that are threatening global food production.

Panel Discussion. Free and open to the public. 
Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented in collaboration with the American Phytopathological Society (Teaching Committee and Office of Professionalism and Outreach) and the International Society for Plant Pathology Task Force on Global Food Security, as part of the 2018 International Congress of Plant Pathology.

See also: Public Lectures