Dr. Garry Adams, a senior professor in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVM) Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB) and a faculty fellow at Texas AgriLife Research, presented an invited breakout paper as a guest speaker to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) at their 155th NAS meeting in Washington, D.C., where he spoke to members on “Global Animal Health Research: A Perspective on Science Breakthroughs 2030.”
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His talk in the NAS breakout session entitled “Can Agriculture Adapt?” focused on promising breakthroughs for the use of systems biology, microbiome enhancement of animal production systems, application of predictive biology, and vaccinology for improving global animal health in 2030.
Adams is passionate about the discovery and implementation of innovative solutions that minimize inputs and reduce environmental degradation, while maximizing yields of crops and animal food resources.
“Most Americans are accustomed to abundant food and low prices, but they don’t realize that the United States is not necessarily prepared for the agricultural challenges we will likely face in the next 20 to 30 years,” Adams said. “We are wasting an unprecedented amount of food, and at the same time, yields are expected to decline due to water loss in our top soil, extreme weather events, animal and crop diseases, and pest infestations. We need to take action and be innovative to help agriculture adapt.”
Also presenting on the panel were Edward S. Buckler, research geneticist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Janet K. Jansson, chief scientist for biology and a laboratory fellow at Pacific Northwest Medical Laboratory.
Adams was recently recognized as an “Outstanding Alumnus” in the CVM for his commitment, service, and leadership in the veterinary and biomedical sciences fields, as well as to his community. See more about his award at http://vetmed.tamu.edu/news/press-releases/cvm-alumni-recognized-for-contributions-to-fields-communities.