The challenges facing our food supply and the future of food are important questions for the public and the international community. The recent Expo Milan 2015 made this clear with its “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” theme. The future of food is also a major topic for National Geographic magazine. The AXA Research Fund therefore teamed with the venerable institution to raise public awareness and promote initiatives to address food challenges, by producing three videos focusing on the work of scientists supported by the AXA Research Fund.
Watch the third episode today, and learn about Professor Rod Wing’s research into rice genomes to promote the spread of high-yielding and sustainable agriculture.
Episode 3: Can rice ensure our planet’s future?
In 2050, our planet will be shared by 9.6 billion people. How can we protect our global home – already strained by intensive agriculture and an acceleration of extreme weather events – and yet provide enough food for this growing population? Rod A. Wing, an American researcher at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and an AXA Chair holder, is investigating the genomes of different rice varieties in order to offer a solution.
Certain properties found in varieties of wild rice have been lost during the domestication process. Professor Rod Wing is working to trace these species and isolate their lost properties in order to provide rice growers around the world with higher-yielding, more nutritious rice varieties with a minimal environmental footprint.
In this latest video produced by the AXA Research Fund, in collaboration with National Geographic, follow Professor Wing to the Philippines to see how he is contributing to our planet’s sustainable growth!