Kevin Leiner, Ph.D.

Traits Safety Assessment Technical Leader – Syngenta

Kevin Leiner holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Zoology from Texas A&M University where he studied regulatory and integrative physiology with a focus on comparative endocrinology, and he has held postdoctoral research appointments in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program at the University of Massachusetts and in the Molecular Biomedical Sciences Department of North Carolina State University.

Dr. Leiner also has over ten years of broad industry experience working in pharmaceutical biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, and contract research organizations leading pharmacology and toxicology, molecular and cell biology, and clinical research programs supporting research and development.

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Posted On: Tuesday, 9/10/2013 1:35 pm
A: Attribute II sweet corn expresses the vegetative insecticidal protein Vip3A and the crystalline protein Cry1Ab, both of which are derived from the naturally occurring soil microorganism Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).  Bt spores and proteins have been used worldwide for many decades in both organic and conventional farming as a direct application pesticide for vegetable and fruit crops, and thus there is a long history of safe use and exposure.  Both of these proteins are highly... Continue Reading
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