Ronald’s laboratory has engineered rice for resistance to disease and tolerance to flooding, which seriously threaten rice crops in Asia and Africa. Ronald led the isolation of the rice XA21 immune receptor and the rice Sub1A submergence tolerance transcription factor. In 1996, she establis- hed the Genetic Resources Recognition fund, a mechanism to recognize intellectual property contributions from less developed countries. In 2008 the she received the USDA 2008 National Research Initiative Discovery Award for her work on rice submergence tolerance.
Ronald has written opinion pieces for the Boston Globe, The Economist, and the New York Times and is a blogger for National Geographic’s Science-Blogs. She is coauthor with her husband, Raoul Adamchak, an organic farmer, of ”Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food”
The event is organized in collaboration with the research programs Future Agriculture and Mistra Biotech.