Engineering plant biology to address global challenges


Erin Sparks, University of Delaware

Elizabeth Haswell, Washington University in St. Louis


Plants provide the food, fiber, fuel, and medicine needed to sustain human life on Earth. With the world population predicted to reach 10 billion by 2050, keeping us healthy and well-fed will require better understanding and advanced engineering of plant systems. Furthermore, plants have solved key challenges, such as energy production and storage, water transport, and environmental responses, in unique ways that may be applied to other systems. This session will highlight several exciting advances in engineering plants, plant tissues and plant signaling pathways.