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Transatlantic Tandem Talk– The Food Fix: Superplants, Microbe Sidekicks and Nutrient Heroes

May 4

The battle for food security has begun, but research is coming to the rescue.

Global food systems are under pressure on a scale previously unencountered. A crisis is looming, fueled by population growth, climate change, water scarcity, energy supply and now the pandemic. The world must feed an estimated population of 9 billion by 2050 with diminishing natural resources while also ensuring the health of people and the planet.

Luckily, emerging technologies and new research are coming to the rescue. Join us Tuesday, May 4th 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT to hear from Dr. Alga Zuccaro from the University of Cologne and Dr. Mechthild Tegeder from Washington State University, two scientists researching how microbes and genetic tools can boost plant performance.

Hear how microbes are being transformed into plant warrior sidekicks and how understanding the plant-nutrient relationship might maximize crop yields. Establishing food security requires a deeper understanding of how plants work, the function and health of ecological and agricultural systems and projected plant responses to climate change and other environmental stresses. Explore these topics together with us.

This talk is part of the Transatlantic Tandem Talks series and highlights the work of the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS) at the University of Cologne, funded by the German Research Foundation.

More info and RSVP here.

The Transatlantic Tandem Talks are presented on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the North America office of the University of Cologne in New York in cooperation with its partners, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany New York; the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Washington, D.C.; Deutsches Haus at NYU; DAAD New York; the German Research Foundation (DFG) North America; the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York; 1014 Space for Ideas; the Goethe-Institut New York; AmerikaHaus NRW; and Wunderbar Together.