27 April 2022

Agrifood science in a time of climate change

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  • By 2050 there will be an extra two billion people on the planet and there is no more agricultural land to meet the demand for food.
  • Climate change presents added challenges to food production, with agriculture currently producing 30% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions
  • With the need to develop climate-resilient crops, modern genetics offers a promising approach to addressing many of these complex issues.

During this talk, Professor Dale Sanders will draw on his own research and that of colleagues at the John Innes Centre, with the focus on prospects for sustainable and eco-friendly crop production in the coming decades.


Professor Dale Sanders

Professor Dale Sanders FRS is Project Leader and Director of John Innes Centre Norwich, UK. His researched is focused on the mechanisms of heavy metal and calcium transport in plants, and the physiological signals that trigger these processes.
Dale received his BA from the University of York and his PhD (1979) from the University of Cambridge fr research on plant physiology. After postdoctoral work at Yale University School of Medicine, where he researched using fungi as model systems for understanding how plants absorb mineral ions, he joined the University of York as a lecturer and went on to become head of the Department of Biology before joining the John Innes Centre. Under his directorship the John Innes Centre has established the Centre of Excellence for Plant and Microbial Sciences in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Science.
During November 2021 Dale was presented with the China International Science and Technology Cooperation Award, made directly by the Chinese state. It is China’s highest scientific honour for non-national people and institutions.
Dale is a Fellow of the Royal Society and has received the European Science Prize of the Körber Foundation.

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introduction
Agrifood science in a time of climate change
Professor Dale Sanders FRS, John Innes Centre
Networking reception

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