Author Susan Dworkin will discuss her book, The Viking in the Wheat Field: A Scientist’s Struggle to Preserve the World’s Harvest on Wednesday, March 3 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis. Dworkin takes us into the world of Bent Skovmand, a brilliant Danish plant scientist and University of Minnesota graduate, who fought to preserve the world’s wheat supply. Skovmand helped create the “doomsday vault,” a massively fortified cavern to safeguard millions of unique crop seeds against catastrophe. The Viking in the Wheatfield chronicles the efforts of Skovmand, Norman Borlaug and other agronomists—many with University of Minnesota connections—on their crusade to save and preserve lost strains of wheat and other crops and helped breed them into stronger, more disease-resistant strains. The Viking in the Wheatfield takes us inside the world of grain breeding where plant forensics and genetic breakthroughs bump up against politics and bottom lines, while heroic agronomists work around the world to protect the world’s food supply. Dworkin will sign copies of her book following the discussion. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to order a signed copy visit www.bookstore.umn.edu/genref/authors.html. (UMNBookstore)
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