KATRINA CORNISH, Ph.D. FNAI, FAAS
Endowed Chair and Ohio Research Scholar, Bioemergent Materials
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
The Ohio State University
Natural rubber is a strategic raw material essential to the manufacture of 50,000 different rubber and latex products. Until recently, natural rubber has been produced solely from a genetically narrow, single species, the rubber tree, grown in tropical regions. Developed countries import all the natural rubber they require—approximately 1.2 megatons a year by the United States. Dr. Cornish’s disruptive technologies encompass the value chain that underlies sustainable and resilient domestic production of alternate natural rubber, from crop domestication through agronomy and processing, to product manufacturing and validation. Highlights of these developments will be discussed in the context of high-value market opportunities and 100 percent crop consumption.
TELMO AMADO, Ph.D. Soil Science
Professor at the Federal University of Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
This seminar will focus on precision agriculture adoption in South Brazil, the general view of Brazilian agriculture and use of cover crops in low yield zones as a biological tool to restore soil productivity.