Horticulture Department Chair Dr. Kevin Folta and students Chris Barbey and Alejandra Abril Guevara spoke about genetic engineering at a bipartisan roundtable in the House Science Committee this past June. This discussion was led by Congressional Representative Frank Lucas of Oklahoma. Citing the disparatity between scientific consensus and pubic opinion, Rep. Lucas wanted our department to address some of the unscientific misconceptions surrounding GM crops.
Read Rep. Lucas describe the meeting in his own words: http://www.stwnewspress.com/opinion/columns/rep-frank-lucas-perception-of-gmo-foods-underserved/article_1f33e538-2dc6-11e5-bb29-6b2137526872.html
Drs. Manjul Dutt and Jude Grosser of the UF Citrus Research and Education Center will be featured in an upcoming documentary film on transgenic crop solutions.
Dutt and Grosser are being filmed for their work developing solutions to citrus greening through genetic crop improvement. In the photo below, they are demonstrating early flowering citrus that would speed breeding efforts.
Dr. Kevin Folta, chairman of the UF Horticultural Sciences department, said he believes the professor’s work is being featured because they have a unique approach to the citrus greening problem.
“When integrated with insect control, nutrition and other strategies, transgenic solutions may help Florida farmers continue profitable farming,” he said.
UFHortSci professor and Chair Dr. Kevin Folta speaks with NPR in Miami about agricultural biotechnology.