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Ag conservation expert Fowler to deliver Bucksbaum Lecture at Drake on April 2


Cary Fowler, the pioneer of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway as former executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, will deliver the 42nd installment of the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series at Drake University. Fowler is a former member of the U.S. National Plant Genetic Resources Board. He is also a former board and executive committee member of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico. This will be the first lecture in the series to focus on the crucial role of agriculture and food in human survival. Fowler had been on the selection committee’s wish list for several years, said Neil Hamilton, chair of the Bucksbaum Lecture selection committee. “His leadership has brought the world’s attention to the importance of our seed resources, and ensuring their future from threats including climate change and political conflicts and war.” The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. April 2 in the Knapp Center, 2525 Forest Ave. For more information, visit the Bucksbaum lecture page on the Drake website.

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