Workshop Report/Summary

Using the New Biology approach to achieve carbon neutrality in food and biofuel production could stimulate new scientific discoveries, energize the public, and motivate a new generation of students, participants at the first in the New Biology workshop series concluded. The workshop was intended to provide concrete examples of societal challenges related to food, energy, and the environment that would benefit from the New Biology approach to research. This approach would use collaboration among biologists, physical scientists, engineers, and mathematicians to enhance understanding of biological systems and provide new ways to leverage this understanding to address important societal challenges. Such focused research—for example, basic plant science work to achieve carbon neutrality in food and biofuel production—would fill in knowledge gaps and could provide the basis for the technological advances needed to reach these goals.