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Public lecture to explore solutions to the food challenge
Date:5/25/2010

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Julia Bailey-Serres, a geneticist whose research on developing flood-tolerant rice is benefiting rice farmers worldwide, will give a free, public lecture at UC Riverside on June 3 in which she will discuss solutions to the challenge of improving crop yield in the face of climate change.

Titled "The Food Challenge: Waterproof Rice and Other Solutions," the hour-long lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 302, Highlander Union Building, formerly the Commons. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Seating is open.

In her talk, Bailey-Serres, a professor of genetics in UCR's Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, will talk about world population growth; hunger; the challenge of global food security; different types of plant stress; solutions to drought stress; and solutions to flooding stress.

"Climate change has a dramatic effect on agriculture," Bailey-Serres said. "Drought, heat, and flooding stress are just some of the consequences of climate change. For every one degree increase in average temperature during the growing season in the United States, it is anticipated that crop yields will decrease by 10 percent. Each year flooding events devastate crops in the United States and elsewhere."

As a plant biologist, Bailey-Serres is interested in how her work, which goes from DNA to proteins to the organism, can contribute to global food security. Her research focuses on unraveling the complexities of plant response to environmental challenges with the aim to provide modern solutions to agricultural challenges.

"Feeding the world's expanding population will require production of considerably more food," she said. "The current estimate is that yields of the major crops corn, wheat, rice and soybean will need to double by the year 2030. The
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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
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