October 10, 2017
Science is more than labcoats: Clearing plant bottlenecks to feed the world with Katherine Meacham
You may be aware of bottlenecks in your work environment, but did you know that even plants have bottlenecks? What if there was a productivity coach for plants? Someone who could give them all of the secrets to being faster, greener and more productive? Someone who could whisper secrets into plant DNA so that they could transform sunlight into a bigger, better plant self…to be eaten by humans of course.
Katherine Meacham is the plant whisperer of whom I speak. And despite my flippant ploys to get your attention she is no oovy groovy new age business coach with a 7 step plan for amaranth. She is the real deal, boots-in-the-mud scientist, heck-bent on changing the world. Katherine is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois. Her research seeks to resolve bottlenecks in photosynthesis to increase crop yields. Katherine received her bachelor’s in agricultural science from the Royal Agricultural University in the United Kingdom and earned her doctorate in plant sciences from the Australian National University and the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre in Canberra, Australia.