‘Zero Hunger’ a global goal for Western Australian researcher—30 September 2015

Dr Laura Boykin, Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and the University of Western Australia's School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, spoke to world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters in New York  about how her research will play a role in tackling the Global Goal of ‘zero hunger’. Dr Boykin was chosen as one of 14 people from around the globe to present her work as part of the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Summit. The summit marked the beginning of a global effort to support those who are tackling 17 Global Goals by recognising that exceptional innovators—including scientists, technologists and engineers—are developing solutions that can address one or more of these goals. Dr Boykin and her research team use genomics and supercomputing to help smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa control whiteflies, which cause devastation to local cassava crops. 

Media issued by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology.

Image: Dr Laura Boykin's research will help to tackle a number of important Global Goals.
Image credit: Agnes Nakirya.

Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015