August 2019
The ILSI Research Foundation brings scientists together to improve environmental sustainability and human health. In our monthly newsletter, learn how we are advancing, disseminating, and translating science into action.
Videos & Presentations from Addressing Water Variability and Scarcity – The Role of Agricultural Research

Videos and presentations from the ILSI Research Foundation's 2019 Symposium may now be viewed online. Co-organized with the Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Addressing Water Variability and Scarcity: The Role of Agricultural Research gathered experts from IFPRI, the United States Agency for International Development, USDA Economic Research Service, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Georgetown University, and the World Bank to discuss new technologies that are being developed and/or applied to mitigate the impacts of water stress on agricultural productivity, as well as enabling policies that should be considered to ensure the effective deployment and scaling up of water-related research. The presentations were followed by a lively panel discussion, prompted by questions from the audience. 
The ILSI Research Foundation Welcomes Dr. Rachel Melnick

Dr. Rachel Melnick joined our team this week as Senior Scientific Program Manager. Rachel holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Pennsylvania State University and was formerly the National Program Leader for Agroclimatology and Production Systems at the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Rachel brings seven years of experience managing competitive federal grant programs to the ILSI Research Foundation, and we are excited to have her on board!
Annual Workshop for the Climate Adaptation & Mitigation in Fruit & Vegetable Supply Chains Project

The third annual workshop for the  Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains Project took place on July 10-11, 2019. Hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the two-day interdisciplinary meeting allowed project team members from the University of Florida, ILSI Research Foundation, Washington State University, IFPRI, University of Arkansas, University of Illinois, and World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services to deliver updates, coordinate integration efforts, and visit a Free-Air Carbon dioxide Enrichment (FACE) Field experiment. 
Improving Understanding and Modeling of the Excessive Rainfall Impact on Crop Yield

Increasing drought and extreme rainfall are major threats to maize production in the US. However, when compared to the effects of drought, the impact of excessive rainfall on crop yield remains understudied. Dr. Kaiyu Guan's statistical modeling team at the University of Illinois recently published a study in Global Change Biology showing that excessive rainfall can decrease maize yield as much as extreme drought, especially at the regional scale. Improved understanding and modeling of the impacts of excessive rainfall are important for all crops so that effective mitigation and adaptation strategies can be developed. Dr. Guan is also a contributing investigator to the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains Project.
Submit an Abstract for the 7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

The South Asia Biosafety Conference is the premier biosafety meeting in the region and provides an essential forum to hear from leading scientists representing regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, and the private sector. Registrants are encouraged to become a part of this year’s program by submitting an abstract for an oral or poster presentation. All chosen presenters will have a dedicated time slot to share their expertise or accomplishment, and prizes will be awarded to winners of the Lightning Round for Students and Early Career Researchers and the Poster Session.