Lecture: Sustainable and Resilient Food Production

New approaches to protecting crops against pests, pathogens & unpredictable rainfall

The last in the Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and the Environment (NRN-LCEE) public lecture series is being hosted by Sustainable Places at Cardiff University on June 9th 2015. Sue Hartley, Professor of Ecology at the University of York and Director of the York Environmental Sustainability Institute will be speaking about Sustainable and resilient food production.

When:  Tuesday 9th June 2015, 6pm – 8pm
Where: Room 0.14, Bute Building, Cardiff University, King Edward VII Ave, Castle, Cardiff CF10 3NB

Feeding a growing population in a warming world, whilst protecting biodiversity and the services it provides, will require innovative thinking, unprecedented cooperation between countries and academic communities, and a willingness to cross the boundaries between disciplines. Globally around one third of food production is lost to pests, even with the use of pesticides and other modern methods of crop protection. Given the projected increase in demand for food (up to a 70% increase by 2050 according to the UN) and the impacts of climate change on the spread and abundance of pest species, we urgently need new ways to protect our crops, preferably sustainable ones which are not dependant on scarce resources to produce and which do not harm the beneficial organisms in agricultural ecosystems. We also need to make our crops more resilient to climate change, particularly the increasing likelihood of drought and water scarcity as temperatures rise and weather patterns change.

This talk will explore a number of inter-disciplinary approaches which may provide new sustainable methods of crop protection and resilience, based on capitalising on the natural defences our crop plants have to these stresses.

The lecture will take place in Room 0.14 in the Bute Building at Cardiff University, King Edward VII Ave, Castle, Cardiff CF10 3NB at 6pm on Tuesday June 9th 2015 and all are welcome to attend.

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