Dr. Bruce Bugbee
Professor, Environmental Plant Physiology, Utah State University
Bruce Bugbee is a professor at Utah State University and President of Apogee Instruments. He has collaborated with NASA for 40 years to design food production systems for people living on Mars. In 2011 he was awarded the Governors Medal for Science and is a Fellow of both the American Society of Agronomy and American Society of Horticulture. He has recorded multiple videos on photobiological principles; one video on cannabis has over a million views. Perhaps his pinnacle achievement is summarizing everything he knows in a TED talk entitled, “Turning Water into Food.”
Dr. Margaret Worthington
Assistant Professor, Fruit Breeding and Genetics, University of Arkansas
Dr. Worthington breeds blackberries, peaches, nectarines, and muscadine grapes at the University of Arkansas Department of Horticulture. Prior to joining the University of Arkansas in 2016, she received her M.S. Horticulture and Agronomy from UC Davis and Ph.D. in Crop Science from NC State and worked as a tropical forage breeder at CIAT in Cali, Colombia. Her primary research interest is applied cultivar development, but she also leads research on fruit genetics and molecular breeding. Current projects include sequencing and annotation of the blackberry genome, genome-wide association studies for fruit quality traits in blackberry, and adaptation of molecular breeding tools developed in bunch grapes for use in muscadines.