Title

Fungus in Your Beer: Using GMOs to Fight Global Famine

Presenter

Alexander Hulse

Abstract

In a modern U.S. culture of anti-science rhetoric, it is important that the fear surrounding GMOs does not prevent subsistence and commercial farmers from protecting their barley from almost certain destruction due to the spread of highly virulent pathogens. Wheat stem rust is a common barley fungal pathogen found across the world in a variety of species. Current resistance genes have provided durable resistance to different stem rust species for many years and are of interest in developing further resistance mechanisms against the newest stem rust threat, Ug99, which has the potential to wipe out the majority of the world’s barley due to its strong virulence. Naturally occurring resistance genes can be used to genetically modify barley to protect world food supplies of barley, and thus GMOs need to stop being blacklisted by society.

Faculty Sponsor

Britney Moss

Sponsor Department/Programs

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Tracks

Health, Education and Ecology

Location

Science 159

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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Fungus in Your Beer: Using GMOs to Fight Global Famine

Science 159

In a modern U.S. culture of anti-science rhetoric, it is important that the fear surrounding GMOs does not prevent subsistence and commercial farmers from protecting their barley from almost certain destruction due to the spread of highly virulent pathogens. Wheat stem rust is a common barley fungal pathogen found across the world in a variety of species. Current resistance genes have provided durable resistance to different stem rust species for many years and are of interest in developing further resistance mechanisms against the newest stem rust threat, Ug99, which has the potential to wipe out the majority of the world’s barley due to its strong virulence. Naturally occurring resistance genes can be used to genetically modify barley to protect world food supplies of barley, and thus GMOs need to stop being blacklisted by society.