The 18th Annual Thornton-Massa Lecture Series

Sunday, November 12, 2017 | Lory Student Center Theatre | 3:30 pm

Dr. Harry Klee

“Why don’t my tomatoes have any flavor? A case study in industrial agriculture”
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Harry Klee received a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts. He did postdoctoral research at the University of Washington. He was employed by Monsanto Company from 1984-1995 where he a member of the team that developed herbicide resistant crops. In 1995, he took an endowed chair at the University of Florida where he established a program to understand the biochemistry and genetics underlying flavor of fruit crops. Working in collaboration with sensory and food scientists, his laboratory has identified the chemicals that define good tomato flavor. He has used large-scale genomics approaches to understand why modern commercial tomatoes have lost good flavor and to develop a genetic roadmap for recovering heirloom flavor. Dr. Klee is a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences (elected in 2012) and is President-Elect of the American Society of Plant Biologists.


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