Agricultural Biotechnology in Our Evolving Food, Energy and Water Systems



    Photo via NC State Genetic Engineering Society Center

    Led by NC State Professor Fred Gould, in collaboration with NC State’s Center for Genetic Engineering in Society, the AgBioFEWS program supports graduate students from diverse natural and social science disciplines in convergent approaches for assessing and influencing the potential positive and negative effect s of agricultural biotechnologies on FEW systems.

    They have developed collaborations across the NC State campus and beyond to structure a program that will build teams of graduate students who are getting PhDs in diverse natural and social sciences programs. The first cohort of nine graduate students in the AgBioFEWS program spent the Summer of 2019 in Eastern NC visiting with farmers and other stakeholders to gain an understanding of the agricultural systems in the region and how biotechnology impacts the dynamics of that system. Dr. Gould and his colleagues have been awarded an approximately $3 million grant from NSF’s National Research Traineeship (NRT) for this program.