20th Annual Staniforth Memorial Lecture to be Presented at Iowa State

February 20th, 2009

AMES, Iowa — An Ohio State University plant ecologist will present the 20th David W. Staniforth Memorial Lecture Feb. 25 at Iowa State University.

Allison Snow, of the Ohio State University Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology will present, "The Effects of Gene Flow from Transgenic Crops to Related Weeds." The lecture will take place at 4:15 p.m. in Room 2050 Agronomy Hall on the Iowa State campus.

Snow is a professor at Ohio State and director of its Undergraduate Research Office. Her work is well regarded in the scientific world and has received numerous accolades including being named as one of the top 50 researchers in science and technology by Scientific American magazine. Snow's current research combines molecular and ecological approaches to understand how quickly crop genes move into wild populations, and the extent to which novel transgenic traits could benefit weedy and semi-weedy plants.

The lecture was created in 1988 in honor of David Staniforth, one of the preeminent weed ecologists of the late 20th century, most recognized for his development of weed control techniques for conservation tillage.

Staniforth became a professor in the agronomy department at Iowa State in 1949. He was well known in the scientific community, and this lecture was established to honor that legacy.

Contacts: 

Mike Owen, Agronomy, (515) 294-5936, mdowen@iastate.edu

Tyler Teske, Agronomy Communications, (515) 294-1890, tteske@iastate.edu