René Smulders

Manager of Plant Breeding, Wageningen University and Research

Spotlight Discussion – Gene editing – controversy or necessity – what is the future?

René Smulders is group leader and manager of Plant Breeding, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands, since 2012. He leads research projects on the genetic basis of traits in crops with polyploid genomes, such as rose, and on methods to breed a wheat variety that is safe for people with Coeliac Disease by using genetic variation and  by editing and selecting safe gluten genes. He participates in societal discussions on opportunities of new plant breeding techniques, including gene editing, for generating crop varieties that will fit well in integrated pest management systems and will contribute to addressing the challenges of agriculture in the 21st century.