Noon Lunch Seminar, 1334 Longworth
Weeds are an ongoing threat to modern crop production, which has escalated in recent years due to continued evolution of herbicide resistance in weeds and the lack of newly commercialized herbicide options for farmers. New tools to combat weeds are urgently needed. The advent of gene editing tools, such as CRISPR-Cas9, makes such genetic strategies more feasible. Gene drives can be used in weed management approaches to reduce seed dormancy or reverse herbicide resistance in weeds. For genetic control of weeds to become a reality, significant basic research is needed as well as efforts in training future scientists.
Patrick Tranel, Ph.D., has been a weed scientist at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign since 1997. He conducts research to understand how weeds evolve in response to humans’ attempts to manage them, with a long-term goal of developing more sustainable weed management systems. He has been at the forefront of using molecular and genomic tools to study weeds, and his research findings have informed how weeds evolve resistance to herbicides and strategies that can be used to mitigate that process.
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Chick-fil-A lunch provided to attendees, vegetarian option also available