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The case for engineering our food

28 May 2015 Milad Moodi
Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In an eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to isolate a gene that allows rice to survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the 1990s — and makes the case that modern genetics is sometimes the most e

About speaker

Embracing both genetically improved seed and ecologically based farming methods, Pamela Ronald aims to enhance sustainable agriculture. Read more about her.

useful language

nourish

  to give a person or other living thing the food and other substances they need in order to live, grow, and stay healthy    

sinister

  making you feel that something evil, dangerous, or illegal is happening or will happen  

susceptible

   likely to suffer from a particular illness or be affected by a particular problem 

withstand

  to be strong enough to remain unharmed by something such as great heat, cold, pressure etc

devastate

  to damage something very badly or completely

insecticide

  a chemical substance used for killing insects

pest

 a small animal or insect that destroys crops or food supplies 

rigorous

  careful, thorough, and exact

degradation

  the process by which something changes to a worse condition

alleviate

  to make something less painful or difficult to deal with

incentive

  something that encourages you to work harder, start a new activity etc

pristine

  not spoiled or damaged in any way

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