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October 3, 2016

Poland to talk about wheat genomics lab Thursday, Oct. 6

Submitted by Pat Melgares

Jesse Poland

K-State plant pathologist Jesse Poland will give an update on the university's Feed the Future Innovation Lab in Applied Wheat Genomics during a talk scheduled from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Leadership Studies Building's Town Hall.

In 2013, the lab was funded by the U.S. Agency on International Development, or USAID, for $5 million to develop heat tolerant, high yielding and farmer-accepted wheat varieties. The team has focused its research in South Asia, though results can be applied broadly.

Learn more about the project by visiting wheatgenetics.org/research/innovation-lab.

His talk kicks off a series of three speakers who will talk about the university's efforts to improve food security around the world.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, Tim Dalton, director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research in Sorghum and Millet, will talk about that lab's work to improve resilience of sorghum and pearl millet in semi-arid climates.

The lab was funded in 2013 for $13.7 million to — among other activities — increase the profitability of these crops and create value-added products through research and product development. Learn more at k-state.edu/smil.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, Jagger Harvey, the director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss, will talk about progress made to develop practices that decrease post-harvest loss and food waste around the world. The lab's mission also includes helping to increase access to a healthy food supply and reduce malnutrition in the world.

More information about this lab is available at k-state.edu/phl.

All three talks are open and free to the public. Each takes place from 2-3 p.m. in the Leadership Studies Building's Town Hall.

Feed the Future is the U.S. government's initiative to reduce global hunger and improve food security. The program works to increase agricultural production in 19 focus countries, in partnership with U.S. universities and governmental agencies. Learn more at feedthefuture.gov.

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