Title: Biotech Crops Today
Speaker: Prof Dr Nathalie Verbruggen
Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Brussels
What is a "genetically modified organism (GMO)”? Where are GM/biotech crops cultivated? What are the biotech crop varieties grown today? How does one allow a GMO for cultivation in Europe? What are the risks included in the analysis of a marketing application? Why GMOs are they subject to violent opposition? Genetic modified plants have they ever killed someone? The scientific arguments are they still part of the debate and can they move the discussion? All these issues will be addressed during the presentation.
Nathalie Verbruggen is professor in Plant Biology at the University of Brussels (ULB, Belgium) and member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium. NV did her PhD with Marc Van Montagu in the University of Ghent (Belgium) on « Proline accumulation after salt stress in Arabidopsis thaliana” that she defended in Brussels in 1992. She was leader of the team “Plant Responses to Osmotic Stress” in the Laboratory of Marc Van Montagu (Ghent) before being nominated professor in Brussels. Since 10 years she has created a new lab in the ULB and has worked on plant nutrition issues. NV has kept interest in GMOs since her stay in the lab where the first (published) transgenic plant was created by Agrobacterium tumefaciens transformation (Ghent, 1983).