Chuan He: Breaking the Wall to a New Green Revolution – Falling Walls Science Summit 2023
Crop scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, presents a daunting challenge for our future food security. Rising global temperatures, altered precipitation patterns, and increased frequency of extreme weather events like droughts and floods directly impact agricultural productivity. These changes disrupt traditional growing seasons, leading to failed harvests and reduced crop yields. Chuan He, Ph.D., holds the esteemed position of John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in Chemistry and Biochemistry.
He is credited for his pioneering research in reversible RNA methylation, uncovering innovative pathways in gene expression regulation, which have profound implications for both mammalian development and the understanding of various human diseases.
At Falling Walls, He will explore his groundbreaking research in plant biology, unveiling his visionary approach to enhancing agricultural productivity. By modulating chromatin demethylation, he envisions a future where rice and potato yields could surge by an impressive 50%, simultaneously bolstering their resilience against drought and various other stressors.