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Plants and Population: Is There Time?

Organized by Nina Fedoroff and Joel Cohen

December 5-6, 1998
Irvine, CA

Panelists: Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University; Wes Jackson, The Land Institute; Thomas Lovejoy, Smithsonian Institution; Walter Reid, World Resources Institute.

Saturday, Dec. 5

Session I: Demographic and economic projections of food demand and supply
Joel Cohen, The Rockefeller University, Session Chair

World food & agriculture: the outlook for the medium & longer term
Nikos Alexandratos, UNFAO

The growth of demand will limit output growth for food over the next quarter century
D. Gale Johnson, University of Chicago

Global and local implications of biotechnology and climate change for future food supplies
Robert Evenson, Yale University

World food trends and prospects to 2020
Tim Dyson, London School of Economics

Dennis Ahlburg, University of Minnesota; Kenneth Arrow, Stanford University; Bernard Gilland, Espergaerde, Denmark; Vaclav Smil, University of Manitoba, Panelists

Session II: Limits on agriculture: land, water, energy and biological resources
Michael Clegg, University of California, Riverside, Chair

Plant genetic resources: what can they contribute towards increased crop productivity?
David Hoisington, Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo, Int.

Ecological approaches and the development of 'truly' integrated pest management
Matthew Thomas, Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College

Ecological intensification of cereal production systems: the challenge of increasing crop yield potential and precision agriculture
Kenneth Cassman, University of Nebraska

The transition to agricultural sustainability
Vernon Ruttan, University of Minnesota

Panelists
Gretchen Daily, Stanford University; William Murdoch, University of California, Santa Barbara; Billie Lee Turner, Clark University; Catherine Woteki, US Department of Agriculture

After Dinner Speaker:
Plants and Population: is there time?, Ismail Serageldin, World Bank

Sunday, Dec. 6

Session III: Plant and other biotechnologies
Nina Fedoroff, The Pennsylvania State University, Chair

Biotechnology: enhancing human nutrition in developing and developed worlds
Ganesh Kishore, Monsanto

Use of plant roots for environmental remediation and biochemical manufacturing
Ilya Raskin, Rutgers University

The post-industrialized agricultural biotechnology era: what's rate limiting?
John Ryals, Paradigm Genetics, Inc.

Transgenic plants for the tropics: some strategies to develop them and reach the farmer
Luis Herrera-Estrella, Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados, Irapuato, Mexico

Panelists
Donald Roberts, Boyce Thompson Institute; Ron Sederoff, North Carolina State University; Roger Beachey; The Scripps Research Institute; Dennis Avery, Hudson Institute; Richard Meagher, University of Georgia; Brian Staskawicz, University of California, Berkeley

Session IV: Biodiversity and multiple land use demands
Dr. Harold Mooney, Stanford University, Chair

From prehispanic to future conservation alternatives: lessons from Mexico
Arturo Gomez-Pompa, University of California, Riverside

Gardenification of tropical conserved wildlands: multitasking, multicropping and multiple users
Daniel Janzen, University of Pennsylvania

Plant biodiversity, land use, and the sustainability of essential ecosystem services
David Tilman, University of Minnesota

Food supply expansion and the sustainable global management of carbon and nitrogen: interacting challenges
Robert Socolow, Princeton University

Panelists
Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University; Wes Jackson, The Land Institute; Thomas Lovejoy, Smithsonian Institution; Walter Reid, World Resources Institute

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