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Roundup Ready pioneer to speak at Purdue seminar

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Written Tuesday, September 30, 2003  

One of the primary inventors of Roundup Ready crop technology will speak at Purdue University on Friday (10/3).

Robert T. Fraley, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Monsanto, will speak about biotechnology and its future at the upcoming Purdue-Monsanto Seminar Exchange. His talk is titled "Biotechnology: Delivering on the Promise."

The public seminar will be from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Krannert Auditorium on Purdue's West Lafayette campus. A reception is planned in the Krannert Drawing Room immediately following the presentation.

Fraley has been at the forefront of biotechnology research for more than 20 years. He was central to the discovery, development and commercialization of Roundup Ready crops and is the author of more than 100 publications and patent applications relating to technical advances in agricultural biotechnology.

"Dr. Fraley is a visionary leader in the agricultural biotechnology industry," said Marshall Martin, associate director of Purdue agriculture research programs. "He played a central role in the early development of crop traits to offer growers new approaches to control insects and weeds. Currently, he is offering leadership in the development of novel crop traits to produce more nutritious food and pharmaceutical products."

Fraley's presentation should be of interest to researchers in agriculture, pharmacy, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemical engineering and those involved in business management.

Martin said the Purdue-Monsanto seminar series is an opportunity for scientific exchange between the university and a leading agricultural products company. All lectures are free.

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