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Willaman professor of life sciences and Evan Pugh professor

I think that the greatest innovation in my field has been the ability to introduce genes into plants. That has not only revolutionised our understanding of plants because of the ability to investigate how genes work, but is also in the process of revolutionising agriculture.  Assuming that people don’t reject molecular modification of crop plants, these advances will make it possible to increase the productivity of agriculture, even as we decrease its environmental impact.

Dr Nina Fedoroff is author of Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist’s View of Genetically Modified Foods (buy this book from Amazon(UK)).