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Collin To Host Scientific Presentation

Oct. 28, 2005 -- Some people call them miracle foods. Other people call them Frankenfoods. Depending on your point of view, genetically modified foods are either the salvation or ruination of humanity.

To explore this debate, Collin County Community College District (Collin) will host a scientific presentation on genetically modified food crops with Dr. Allen Knutson, professor and extension entomologist, Texas A&M Dallas, Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Knutson will speak on "Genetically Engineered Plants: New Horizons for World Food Production" at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 at Collin’s Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano, in room C-103. The event is free and open to the public.

Knutson’s graduate and doctorate work is in the area of entomology, the study of insects, specifically those that affect food crops. His primary research is on integrated pest management of insect pests of cotton, wheat, sorghum, pecans, corn and other crops. He serves as statewide coordinator for biological control programs for Texas A&M Extension entomology faculty.

The event is sponsored by Collin’s Center for Advanced Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences (CASMNS) and The Collin Honors Institute.