Navigation Links
Iowa Staters talk biofuels, healthy oils and 'pharma crops' at AAAS meeting
Date:2/16/2008

AMES, Iowa Theres more to biofuels than the food vs. fuel debate and talk of the various technologies associated with biofuels production.

And so Steven Fales, a professor of agronomy and a member of the Science and Engineering Board of Iowa States Bioeconomy Institute, organized and moderated a three-hour symposium on Friday, Feb. 15, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston.

The title of the discussion was, Energy, Agriculture, and People: Global Implications for Science and Policy.

We thought it would be appropriate to take a big picture view of issues regarding energy and agriculture that go beyond the science and technology, Fales said.

And so there were presentations about climate change, production of biofuel crops on marginal lands, the effects of biofuel production on the poor, the ethics of using agriculture for energy production and the politics associated with renewable energy.

Fales said the idea was to mirror the global theme of the annual meeting and acknowledge that biorenewable issues extend beyond energy into many other concerns of society.

Two other researchers with ties to Iowa State also made presentations during the AAAS annual meeting Feb. 14-18:

Robert Wisner, a recently retired University Professor of agricultural economics, addressed a 90-minute symposium on Friday, Feb. 15, titled, Drugs in our Corn Flakes" Our Health and the Economic Risks of Pharma and Industrial Crops.

Wisners talk addressed the economics of growing crops with medicinal traits engineered into them. Key economic issues include the risks of co-mingling medical drugs and industrial chemicals with the food supply and the alternatives for controlling that risk. But those arent the only economic issues he identified. Others were determining the real and long-term costs and benefits of pharma crops, identifying who gains from the crops and learning whether producing medicines and chemicals in non-food crops is more economical and less risky than using food crops. Wisner also noted several instances when unapproved genetically modified crops were found in food supplies. In those instances, Wisner said there were major disruptions in grain export markets, price impacts and very high public and private costs to purge the grain from the food system.

Linda Pollak, a research geneticist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a collaborative associate professor of agronomy at Iowa State, addressed a 90-minute symposium on Saturday, Feb. 16, titled, Crops for Health: Improving the Health-Promoting Properties of Food.

Pollaks message was that traditional plant breeding can be a tool to improve human health. Plant breeders, for example, have been able to reduce some of the problems with oils from soybeans, canola, sunflowers and corn. She said plant breeders have developed soybeans with lower levels of fatty acids to help reduce trans fats after processing. Breeders have also developed canola lines with safe levels of toxic erucic acid. And plant breeders have decreased saturated fats and increased monounsaturated fats in canola, sunflower and corn oils to reduce the risk of heart disease. And so Pollak argued traditional plant breeding can still develop better crops for healthier foods.


'/>"/>

Contact: Mike Krapfl
mkrapfl@iastate.edu
515-294-4917
Iowa State University
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Youre likely to order more calories at a healthy restaurant
2. Studies: Children obese due to a host of unhealthy pressures
3. New study shows Concord grape juice has a heart-healthy effect not yet reported with red wine
4. Gene, stem cell therapy only needs to be 50 percent effective to create a healthy heart
5. Insect gut detects unhealthy meal
6. Want healthy gums? Hit the dairy aisle
7. Bacteria from sponges make new pharmaceuticals
8. Researchers develop liquid crystal pharmaceuticals to fight cancer and other diseases
9. Biopharmaceutical infrastructure key to lower drug development costs
10. NMR researchers unlock hydrogens secrets to spot polymorphism in pharmaceuticals
11. Biotech Co. founded by UCLA Scientists to be acquired by Astellas, Pharma Inc.
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/24/2017)... -- It sounds simple and harmless—an electronic sensor attached ... and alerts parents on their smart phones if, ... But pediatric experts argue that such devices may ... of medical benefits, especially to healthy babies. ... of healthy babies, promising peace of mind about ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... to their offering. ... The global voice recognition biometrics market to grow at a ... report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the ... size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... SANTA CLARA, Calif. , Jan. 19, 2017 ... Valley company enhancing user experience and security for ... provider of next-generation payment processing systems and cybersecurity ... assist more banks, enterprises and financial institutions worldwide ... As part of the end-to-end secure user authentication ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/21/2017)... -- Lexus, a returning partner of the Amgen Tour of California ... partner of the men,s and women,s events for the next five ... Tour of California will mark the start ... professional cycling teams in the world racing from Northern to ... Breakaway from Heart Disease TM Women,s Race empowered with ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... Forecast to 2025" report to their offering. ... The Global Bioplastics & Biopolymers ... over the next decade to reach approximately $8.9 billion by 2025. ... forecasts for all the given segments on global as well as ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... , Feb. 20, 2017 This report analyzes ... the following Product Types: Xylanase, Amylase, Cellulase, and Others. The ... Canada , Japan , ... Latin America , and Rest of World. ... Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2015 ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... ... February 20, 2017 , ... ... prevent chest wall collapses in pre-term infants with respiratory distress, and assist ... of $600,000 in funding through the ninth round of the University City ...
Breaking Biology Technology: