David Mackill, PhD
University of California, Davis
David J. Mackill is currently Senior Director for Genetics and Breeding, Cocoa R&D, Mars Wrigley Confectionary, and an Adjunct Professor in the Plant Sciences Department at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Mackill holds a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis. He was Principal Scientist, Rainfed Lowlands Program leader and Head of the Plant Breeding Genetics and Biotechnology Division at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) during 2001 to 2011. He has developed over 20 rice varieties and published research on the genetics of resistance to rice blast disease and submergence and drought tolerance. He and his colleagues identified a gene from traditional rice varieties that conferred tolerance to 2 weeks or more submergence. This gene, designated SUB1, was bred into several high-yielding varieties. The resulting submergence-tolerant varieties have been adopted by several million farmers since 2009. In addition to his leadership and research work, he has supervised the thesis research of 22 graduate students. He also served as the Secretary General of the Society for Breeding Research in Asia and Oceania (SABRAO) and then Vice President. He is Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and Honorary Fellow of the Crop Science Society of the Philippines. He is recipient of the Award of Distinction from the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences; National Research Initiative Discovery Award (USDA) for discovery of the SUB1 gene; and Tech Award Laureate for International Development.
Saturday, July 14
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM