Genome editing: potential contribution to sustainable agriculture

Genome editing technologies, in particular CRISPR-based systems, have generated huge excitement over the opportunities they offer for improved agriculture. Already these technologies are allowing research to progress at a much faster pace and in a few countries, the first genome edited crops have been made commercially available.

In this webinar, we will explore the contribution that this technology could make to more sustainable agriculture, and we will hear from two experts using genome editing technologies in crops and livestock respectively. Dr Joyce Van Eck from the Boyce Thompson Institute, Ithaca, New York will provide an update on how CRISPR can fast-track crop improvements, particularly in underutilised crops. Professor Bruce Whitelaw from the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh will look at the applications of genome editing technologies in agricultural animals. Following the presentations there will be an opportunity for discussion and to pose questions to the speakers.

Invited speakers:

  • Dr Joyce Van Eck, The Boyce Thompson Institute, Ithaca, New York (USA)
  • Professor Bruce Whitelaw, The Roslin Institute, Edinburgh (UK)

This webinar will be chaired by Professor Wendy Harwood, Head of Crop Transformation Group at the John Innes Centre and is aimed for practising scientist in advanced


Sep 28 2021


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Biochemical Society


Biochemical Society
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