Cafe Scientifique Presents History and Acceptance of GM Crops

Wednesday 8 March
7.00-for 7.30pm start
Henley Hockey Club

The production of genetically modified (GM) plants with additional DNA is now a well-established procedure and GM crops are grown in many countries.

Jim Dunwell will describe the history of such crops and their varied acceptance globally.

More recently, techniques have been developed for targeted changes in the existing genes of plants and animals and although this process of gene-editing (GE) is now being widely exploited, its regulation has been the subject of much controversy.

Leaving the EU has allowed the UK to propose a new form of legislation, and this is proceeding through parliament. I will discuss this process and the future of GE in crops and animals.

Speaker – Professor Jim Dunwell

Professor of Plant Biotechnology in the School of Agriculture at the University of Reading.
I previously worked at the John Innes Institute (Norwich), and at ICI Seeds (Zeneca Plant Sciences), at Jealott’s Hill, Berkshire.
My research interests include the molecular genetic responses of plants to biotic and abiotic stress.
Chair Defra Advisory Committee for Releases to the Environment (ACRE).

Usual format is 45 min talk followed by 45 Q&A.

Liquid refreshments are available at the bar.

Booking essential – please email


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