Harnessing Plants Initiative: The Salk Solution

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Harnessing Plants Initiative: The Salk Solution

Harnessing Plants Initiative: The Salk Solution


There are many ways to address the issue of climate change, and here at Salk we focus on making plants much more efficient at capturing and storing carbon. This is one of the strategies that will buy our planet more time as we cope with a burgeoning human population in the face of dramatic climate change.

This biologically-based solution will reverse lost soil carbon and vitality, will strengthen plant survival, and will enhance crop yields in onerous, and rapidly changing growth zones.

As Salk® Ideal Plants™ are developed, they will reduce atmospheric CO2, and predictively restore collapsing ecosystems. This provides more time to implement quantitative, multi-pronged solutions to the world’s biggest threat to human existence, global climate change.

 

Advisory Committee Members

Tom Duterme
Co-Founder
Apex Entertainment

Laing Rikkers
Managing Director
HealthpointCapital

Kevin Sagara
President
Sempra Renewables

Michael Smith
Principal
Ponvalley

Anthony M. Stiegler, Esq.
Partner
Cooley LLP

Tony Toranto
Partner, Real Estate and Corporate Practice Groups
Sheppard Mullin

Steve Worland, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
eFFECTOR Therapeutics

 

The Salk Institute Plant Biology Team:

From left:Joseph Noel, Joseph Ecker, Julie Law, Joanne Chory and Wolfgang Busch

 

Wolfgang Busch
Associate Professor, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
Identified multiple key genes for regulating root growth

Joanne Chory
Professor and Director, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Howard H. and Maryam R. Newman Chair in Plant Biology
Discovered multiple pathways that regulate plant form and size in response to the environment

Joseph Ecker
Professor, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
Director, Genomic Analysis Laboratory
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Salk International Council Chair in Genetics
Led sequencing of the first plant genome and mapped the first plant epigenome

Julie Law
Assistant Professor, Plant and Cellular Biology Laboratory
Hearst Foundation Development Chair
Identified mechanisms for epigenetic regulation

Joseph Noel
Professor and Director,
Jack H. Skirball Center for Chemical Biology and Proteomics
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Arthur and Julie Woodrow Chair
Uncovered the blueprints used by plants to produce chemical compounds

To learn more about Salk’s Harnessing Plants Initiative, please contact:


Brent Wakefield

Senior Director of External Relations
Phone: (858) 453-4100 x1556
E-mail: bwakefield@salk.edu

 

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