Dow AgroSciences

Rod Herman

Science Advisor, Biotechnology Regulatory Sciences Group, Regulatory Science and Government Affairs Department, Dow AgroSciences

Rod has been a scientist at Dow AgroSciences for 24 years. He currently acts as a Science Advisor for the Biotechnology Regulatory Sciences Group within the Regulatory Science and Government Affairs Department. Rod obtained a M.S. at Rutgers University and has served for more than 16 years in discovery research, including six years prior to joining Dow AgroSciences in 1989. Since 1999, he has been involved in the safety assessment and regulation of GM crops and has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers over his career. In his spare time, he helps his wife with a market vegetable farm and restoration of wildlife habitat on the farm. Rod received the Dow AgroSciences Fellows’ Excellence in Science Award in 2012 in recognition of his outreach regarding the safety assessment of GM crops.

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Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 9:57 pm
A: Corn has been grown by humans for approximately 10,000 years, and its genetics have been heavily modified through breeding and mutation to improve its utility as a crop over this very long period. The modern technique of transgenesis has been used to further improve the agronomic characteristics of corn over the last two decades. Transgenesis has become synonymous with the term “genetically modified” (GM) over this time period, but it is really a misnomer. So all corn on the planet... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 3:13 pm
A: In addition to the response provided by Steve Savage, it may be helpful to know that technology developers conduct numerous years of studies on new GM plants in the field to assess whether the introduced GM trait impacts the “weediness” of the plant, relative to its non-GM counterparts.  In other words, we conduct studies and collect data to answer these questions:  Is this GM plant more likely to become a weed? If the trait transfers to a non-GM relative, would it make those... Continue Reading


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