Using the tools of biotechnology, Cornell University researcher Dennis Gonsalves, now retired, bred a papaya resistant to the destructive ringspot virus. It was the first genetically modified commercial crop developed by a public sector scientist, and it saved Hawaii’s papaya farmers from ruin. In this program, Alliance for Science Global Leadership Fellows will discuss the GM papaya from three different perspectives. Joni Kamiya will talk about its success on her family’s farm on Oahu, Luis Ventura will explore its potential in Mexico and Guido Nunez-Mujica will share its tragic tale in Venezuela.
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