Kimberly Gibson on Crops for the Future

When: Thursday, Jul 13, 2017, 12:15PM - 1:30PM

5080 North Blackstone Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711

Despite California's rich agricultural landscape today, this region does not have any native crops and has historically relied on the importation of crop species from other parts of the world. As a result, the genetic diversity of individual crops grown in California is relatively narrow. This lack of genetic diversity makes California crops susceptible to pests, diseases, and the variability of our changing climate. Several current research and plant breeding projects at UC Davis, including the Dry Bean Breeding Program, are focused on solving this problem by incorporating the genetic diversity of wild crop relatives into California cultivars. Learn about these projects and how your own food choices can support the movement to diversify the genetic underpinnings of California agriculture.

About Kimberly Gibson

Kimberly Gibson, daughter of NFR Past-President Paul Gibson, is a PhD student in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis where she studies crop domestication and Lima bean breeding with Professor Paul Gepts. Her research is focused on the natural defense mechanisms that plants use to protect themselves from insect pests and how these mechanisms can be promoted through breeding to create new types of Lima beans that require fewer pesticide applications and are suitable for organic agriculture. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, Kimberly worked for The Center for Environmental Education of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and consulted on non-profit management with Robert Glavin, Inc in San Francisco. She is an alumna of Fresno's University High School and completed a bachelor of arts with honors at Stanford University in 2013.

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