JAMES DALE: How Superbananas Can Heal The World
Distinguished Professor James Dale is leading a major international Global Health Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop biofortified bananas for East Africa. The first GM banana field trials for this project and for disease resistance commenced in the second half of 2008 in Australia.
Professor Dale has been involved in biotechnology research for more than 25 years with specific interests in molecular farming for high value proteins in tobacco and bioethanol from sugarcane, the development of disease resistance in genetically modified bananas, papaya and sugarcane and the biofortification of bananas. His research team has developed a range of biotechnology methods and products for expressing transgenes in plants. He has also led research and development programs in the international arena most of which have been based in South East Asia and more recently in Africa.