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Biotech Risk Assessment Expert Joins Iowa State Faculty, Will Speak April 22
April 20th, 2004
A biotechnology risk analyst has joined the Iowa State University agronomy faculty to study risk factors surrounding deployment of genetically modified crops.
Jeff Wolt is working in research and extension for ISU's Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products (BIGMAP). BIGMAP focuses on methods for assessing and communicating risk for the purpose of public policy decision-making.
Wolt is working on a risk assessment for raising pharmaceutical corn and is collaborating with other Iowa State scientists to determine how to minimize potential risks. He will present a report on risk assessment approaches for biotechnology April 22 at BIGMAP's inaugural symposium, "Corn-produced Pharmaceuticals and Industrials," in Ames.
"Risk analysis involves integrating diverse sources of data to determine the potential harm to human health, animal health and environmental quality that may occur in realistic situations," Wolt said.
Wolt previously worked as a biotechnology risk analyst for Dow AgroSciences. He received his master's degree in soil science and a doctorate in soil chemistry from Auburn University.
BIGMAP is a recently established institute at Iowa State devoted to developing tools and communicating approaches for the science-based evaluation of the risks and benefits of genetically modified agricultural products to consumers and the environment.
ContactsJeff Wolt, Agronomy and Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products, (515) 294-6899, firstname.lastname@example.org
Manjit Misra, Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products, (515) 294-6821, email@example.com
Melea Reicks Licht, Agronomy, (515) 294-1890, firstname.lastname@example.org