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Mar 20

Paper Rollout - Applications, Benefits, and Challenges of Genome Edited Crops

Join us on Wednesday, March 20, 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM CST at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO, for the rollout of the CAST issue paper “Applications, Benefits, and Challenges of Genome Edited Crops.”

This paper provides a comprehensive overview of gene editing in agriculture, discussing its potential impact on producers, consumers, and the environment.

In addition to the paper rollout, we have planned special activities for college students.

There will be a webinar release of the paper on April 3—more details soon.

This is a FREE event. Registration is required.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
975 N Warson Rd, Olivette, MO 63132
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Mar 20, 2024 10:30am CT - Mar 20, 2024 01:30pm CT




10:30 AM – 12 PM CST - Presentation, Q&A, Panel Discussion 

12 – 1:30 PM CST - Light Lunch and Networking

1:30 – 3 PM CST - Student Activities


David Ertl (Panel Moderator) - Iowa Corn Growers Association

Sarah Evanega - Okanagan Specialty Fruit, Cornell University, and 2021 Borlaug CAST Communication Award (BCCA)

David Bubeck - Research Director, Corteva Agriscience

Bernadette Juarez - Deputy Administrator, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, USDA-APHIS

Jennifer Rowland - Biotechnology Coordinator, USDA

Jack Cornell - Director of Sustainable Supply, United Soybean Board

Student Activities

In addition to the paper rollout, we have planned special activities for college students, including a tour of The Danforth Center facilities, a session to explore opportunities for student engagement with CAST, and networking time with researchers, experts, and industry leaders.

About the Paper

Genome editing tools have been around for over a decade, but they are now being used to accelerate crop improvement and address challenges in agriculture. The use of genome editing in agriculture has the potential to revolutionize the industry, but it also brings with it unique benefits and challenges. 

This paper provides an overview of the current status and future prospects of genome editing in agriculture. It reviews recent advances in genome editing tools, discusses select applications in various crops, and considers the benefits and challenges of the technology. 

The paper also offers recommendations to ensure that genome editing in agriculture benefits society. It highlights the potential of genome editing as an important tool in creating a competitive bioeconomy, addressing major challenges in agriculture, and benefiting consumers.

About the Authors


Sarah Evenega, Cornell University - 2021 BCCA Recipient (Presenter)


Zack Brown, North Carolina State University

Jose Falck-Zapeda, International Food Policy Research Institute

Melinda Yerka, University of Nevada- Reno

Leena Tripathi, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

Nicholas Karavolias, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Dave Bubeck, Corteva Agriscience

Fan-Li Chou, American Seed Trade Association

Nat Graham, Pairwise

CAST Liaison

David Ertl, Iowa Corn Growers Association (Panel Moderator)