Please join us for the 17th Annual Thornton-Massa Lecture on Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm in the Lory Student Centre Theatre! This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Agricultural Sciences. Visit the Thornton-Massa webpage for more information!

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Feeding the World with Healthful Food Crops

Dr. Michael A. Grusak

The health and well-being of humans depend on a safe, nutritious, and adequate food supply, with many of these foods coming from crops. In recent years, crop scientists have worked to enhance the nutritional quality of staple crops through breeding or agronomic management strategies. Dr. Michael Grusak will discuss the approaches that researchers are taking to improve the nutritional value of edible crop tissues, the challenges that lie ahead, and assessments of the dietary impact that these enhancements can achieve.

Dr. Mike Grusagrusak-2014-croppedk is a plant physiologist
at the USDA-ARS Children’s Nutrition
Research Center, Houston, Texas, and a
professor of pediatrics, Baylor College of
Medicine. He joined the Center in 1990 to
develop an interdisciplinary program that
would link plant science and production
agriculture with human nutrition concerns.
His main research involves understanding
how mineral nutrients are acquired from
soil and transported throughout the plant,
in order to use this information to enhance
the nutritional quality of plant foods for
human consumption.

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