Dr. Ron Phillips to Talk Borlaug, Future Food Challenges at Bush Library and Museum Issues Forum

Dr. Ron Phillips, a Regents Professor Emeritus and former McKnight Presidential Chair in Genomics at the University of Minnesota, will be discussing the agricultural breakthroughs made by Norman Borlaug, and the ever-increasing need for similar discoveries to meet future global food needs at the Issues Forum “Norman Borlaug and the Future of the Green Revolution” Sept. 18, 7 p.m. CDT at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University.

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We will have to double the world's food supply by 2050.

College Station, Texas (PRWEB) September 14, 2012

The accomplishments of Norman Borlaug and the challenges facing today’s agriculturists will be discussed at the Issues Forum “Norman Borlaug and the Future of the Green Revolution” Sept. 18, 7 p.m. CDT at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Ron Phillips, a Regents Professor Emeritus and former McKnight Presidential Chair in Genomics at the University of Minnesota, will be discussing the agricultural breakthroughs made by Norman Borlaug, and the ever-increasing need for similar discoveries to meet future global food needs.

Throughout his career, Phillips has coupled the techniques of plant genetics and molecular biology to enhance understanding of basic biology of cereal crops and to improve these species by innovative methods. His research program at the University of Minnesota was one of the early programs in modern plant biotechnology related to agriculture.

Borlaug, who has been hailed as “the father of the Green Revolution,” cultivated semi-dwarf, high-yield, disease-resistant wheat varieties. He is often credited with saving more than a billion people worldwide from starvation, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 in recognition of his contributions to world peace through increasing food supply. Borlaug’s Nobel Peace Prize, Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom are currently on display in the Bush Library and Museum’s rotunda.

There is still work to be done. In March 2005, Borlaug stated, “We will have to double the world's food supply by 2050.” Phillips will discuss the possibilities and challenges facing agriculturalists as they attempt to feed an ever-increasing population with a finite amount of farmable land.
Through a generous sponsorship from AT&T the event is offered free of charge, but reservations are strongly recommended. Register online at ronphillips.eventbrite.com. A free reception will follow the event.

The Issues Forum will also be streamed live on KBTX.com.

The issues forum is presented in conjunction with the new exhibit “Genome: The Secret of How Life Works” on display now at the Bush Library and Museum. Designed for all ages, the exhibit explores the nature and impact of advances in genome research through visually-rich environments, interactives, artifacts and multi-media presentations. Other exhibits in the museum’s rotunda and gallery spaces will highlight research programs conducted at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research.

“Genome: The Secret of How Life Works” is sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and presented in cooperation with Texas A&M University Whole Systems Genomics Initiative,College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Animal Science, and media partner KBTX Media. For more information about the exhibit go to bushlibrary.tamu.edu/genome.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University is part of the National Archives and Records Administration’s Presidential Libraries network. The Bush Library and Museum preserves and makes available the records and artifacts of George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. We promote civic literacy and increased historical understanding of our national experience, and foster a community of public service and volunteerism by offering rich educational and public programs, original museum exhibits and access to our archival holdings. For more information visit the Bush Library and Museum website at bushlibrary.tamu.edu.

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