Genetically Modified Conservation

Pamela Ronald wants to use modern genetic techniques to create a new brand of agriculture that slashes insecticide use, increases yield, and thrives in a warmer, wetter world.

Pamela Ronald is a Professor of Plant Pathology and Faculty at the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis, and is the Director of Grass Genetics at the Joint Bioenergy Institute. Her laboratory has genetically engineered rice for resistance to disease and tolerance to flooding, which seriously threaten rice crops in Asia and Africa. She and her colleagues were recipients of the USDA 2008 National Research Initiative Discovery Award for their work on submergence tolerant rice, and were finalists for the 2009 World Technology Award for Environment. In 2009, Ronald received the National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Journalism Award and was nominated for the Biotech Humanitarian Award.

In 2011, Ronald was selected as one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company Magazine. She has written opinion pieces for the Boston Globe, The Economist, and the New York Times, and is a blogger for ScienceBlogs. She and her husband, Raoul Adamchak, an organic farmer, co-authored Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food, which was named one of the best books of 2008 by Seed Magazine and the Library Journal and recommended by Bill Gates as a “fantastic piece of work” and by Stewart Brand as a “persuasive case.”

Read more about Pamela’s work in Conservation magazine