UC Riverside to train agricultural scientists
UC Riverside has started a program that will train students to deal with farming problems caused by global warming
Plants-3D “will train students to discover, design, and deploy biology and engineering solutions to the projected problem of massive-scale food insecurity due to climate change,” according to a statement on the school’s website.
The program, which will teach students to design biological systems, is being paid for with a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program, enough to train 50 students.
“It’s exciting that 50 students, many of whom are traditionally underrepresented in academia and the biotech sector, will learn to use the most cutting-edge technologies in biology and engineering to help increase crop yields and nutritional value,” said Julia Bailey-Serres, a UC Riverside professor of genetics who is in charge of the program.