UNT’s BioDiscovery Institute’s will be hosting Dr. Luis Herrera-Estrella for their Distinguished Lecture Series Oct. 10-11. The Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. will be held in the University Union’s Lyceum with a reception to follow in the Union Rooftop Garden. “Transgenic Plants in Science and Sustainable Agriculture” will be a personal account of Dr. Herrera-Estrella’s work to develop crops that are able to thrive in marginal soils and changing temperatures. The event is free to the public, and the community is encouraged to attend.
Dr. Herrera-Estrella, one of the top crop scientists in the world, is President's Distinguished Professor of Plant Genomics and the director of the Center for Functional Genomics of Abiotic Stress at Texas Tech University. His research is focused on how crop plants adapt to environmental stresses such as high temperatures, drought conditions and poor nutrient availability.
Herrera-Estrella is respected worldwide for his work in crop genomics in maize, avocado and cotton and earned the distinction in 2015 as one of the 100 most influential people in biotechnology by Scientific American.Herrera-Estrella served for many years as the director of the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity (LANGEBIO) in Guanajuato, Mexico, where he continues to hold the position of professor emeritus.