The World Food Prize Foundation

2017 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Dr. Nigel Taylor

Interim Director, Institute for International Crop Improvement, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Nigel Taylor is the Dorothy J. King Distinguished Investigator and Senior Research Scientist at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.  He currently serves as Interim Director of the Institute for International Crop Improvement and is principal investigator of the Virus Resistant Cassava for Africa (VIRCA) project. Prior to joining the Danforth Center, Nigel worked at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. His expertise centers on the plant tissue culture and the genetic transformation technologies required to deliver genetically improved cassava to famers in East and West Africa. A native of Scotland, Nigel received his bachelor’s degree in botany from University of Glasgow and his Ph.D. in plant tissue culture from the University of Bath, United Kingdom.

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