In the early 1960s developments in agricultural production, sponsored by international funding agencies, led to what came to be called the Green Revolution. Unfortunately, this great leap forward in food production relies highly on the use of pesticides and artificial chemical fertilizers. The next step forward in the Green Revolution, though, may feature fungi instead. Participants will present research on genetically engineered fungi that could replace chemical fertilizers and naturally occurring fungi that produce compounds that could replace pesticides for protecting crops in the field and produce in transit.
Ian Sanders, Univ. of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Gary Strobel, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT