As the world’s population grows, it is becoming more and more important to optimize food production while creating sustainable agriculture. In his first talk, Herrera-Estrella explains that crop plants need sunlight, CO2, water, and as many as 50 inorganic nutrients for maximal food production. Two of the most important nutrients are nitrogen and phosphorous. Herrera-Estrella describes the critical role that soil microbes have in facilitating nutrient uptake and he explains that a better understanding of plant nutrition will improve sustainable agriculture.
Luis Herrera-Estrella is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Senior International Research Scholar and Chief of the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity, Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (Cinvestav), Irapuato, Mexico. Herrera-Estrella studied biochemical engineering as an undergraduate student and received his MSc in genetics and molecular biology from Cinvestav…. Continue Reading