Utilizing genome biology and evolution to drive sustainable agriculture and protect the environment.

The Wing Lab is led by Professor Rod Wing, whose pioneering work on the genome biology of rice and other crop plants has empowered the agricultural community across the globe to address both fundamental and applied research in pursuit of the 10-billion people question: How can we sustainably grow enough nutritious food to feed the world by 2050 without destroying our planet? The group's approach to this question is to identify, understand, and harness the majority of natural variation that already exists in cultivated rice and its wild ancestors, and to use that information to create the next generation of green super crops. Since rice is the most important food crop on the planet, the team is developing new crop varieties that are higher yielding and more nutritious while having a smaller environmental footprint.

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