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Speakers: Steve Strauss and Dr. Ryan Contreras
Gene editing methods, including CRISPR, have been in the news of late. They and associated genetic engineering methods provide a more direct way to produce some of the traits our industry has historically sought, such as sterility, variation in leaf and flower color, modifications to canopy and leaf form, and pest resistance. They can also avoid regulation by the feds in some cases, lowering costs in development. The goal of this session is to review where we are at with the technology and what the obstacles are. We can discuss if our industry wishes to come together and start to put these techniques to work to produce new varieties, while promoting public education and dialog.