THE RONALD LABORATORY FOR CROP GENETICS INNOVATION AND SCIENTIFIC LITERACY
The Ronald Laboratory carries out research to accelerate gene discovery in the world’s most important staple food crops, establishes partnerships in the interest of improving food security in the developing world, and enables scientists to better communicate their research results to the public.
The Ronald Laboratory is located at the University of California Davis, California
Location: 225 Robbins Hall, UC davis.
The Ronald Laboratory is located in 225 Robbins Hall, second floor south wing. From highway 80, take 113 north and exit on Hutchinson drive. Cross La Rue road and then Dairy road. Parking is available in the garage on the left or the lot on the right. Then walk to Robbins Hall in the center of campus (about 5 minutes).
Major Funders: National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Institute of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture
2012 Tech Awards: Economic Development Award
2012 Louis Malassis Intl’ Scientific Prize for Agriculture & Food
2011 Ronald chosen as the Riley lecturer, cosponsored by the AAAS and the World Food Prize Foundation
2011 Ronald named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company Magazine
2009 Winner of the Science in Society Journalism Award
2008 Recipient of the USDA National Research Initiative (NRI) Discovery Award
The Ronald Laboratory aims to improve the lives of over 1 billion people, 15% of the world’s people, who live in extreme poverty. Most of these people are subsistence farmers, barely producing enough food for themselves and their families. The availability of seed varieties that are resistant to disease or tolerant of environmental stress helps farmers improve their productivity in an environmentally and economically effective manner.
A key challenge for the future is to produce enough nutritious food for everyone. Because most of the world’s farmland is already under cultivation and fresh water is scarce, increased food production must largely take place on the same land area while using less water. Satisfying human food needs while adapting to the changing climate and reducing our environmental footprint presents a unique challenge to crop geneticists. The Ronald Laboratory will predict combinations of genes that can be used to produce staple food crop varieties that are resistant to disease or tolerant of environmental stress. Cultivation of these varieties will have dramatic and positive impacts on the lives of the very poor.
Together with our partners at the International Rice Research Institute, we isolated a gene for flood tolerance and developed a flood-tolerant rice variety that was grown by 4 million farmers in Bangladesh and India in 2013, increasing yields 3-4 fold after floods.
Dr. Pamela Ronald, Director of CGI and Professor, Plant Pathology and the Genome Center, University of California, Davis