expert on sustainable agriculture
Pamela Ronald is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at UC Davis and also serves as Director of Grass Genetics at the Joint Bioenergy Institute in Emeryville, California and Faculty Director of the UC Davis Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy.
In 2017-2108 she is serving as a Fellow/Visiting Professor in the Center for Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University.
Pamela's laboratory studies the genetic basis of resistance to disease and tolerance to stress in rice. Together with her collaborators, she has engineered rice for resistance to disease and tolerance to flooding, which seriously threaten rice crops in Asia and Africa.
Pamela has written opinion pieces for the Boston Globe, The Economist, The Boston Review and the New York Times and is a blogger for Scientific American’s “Food Matters” blog and a cofounder of Biology Fortified Inc. an independent educational non-profit organisation. She is co-author, with her husband, Raoul Adamchak, an organic farmer, of ”Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetic and the Future of Food“. Bill Gates calls the book a “fantastic piece of work“ and “important for anyone that wants to learn about the science of seeds and challenges faced by farmers“.
Her 2015 TED talk (see opposite) on plant genetics, food security and sustainable agriculture has been viewed more than 1.5 million times and has been translated into 24 languages.
As the global population booms, how are we to feed the world without causing catastrophic environmental damage?
Pamela argues that the evidence shows genetic modification of crops is the most effective way to provide cheap, sustainable and abundant food for everyone.