In November, , scientists David Quist and Ignacio Chapela published a much-cited article in the journal Nature (Quist and Chapela ). Investigating the. Ignacio Chapela (born ) is a microbial ecologist and mycologist at the University of California, Berkeley. He is best known for a paper in Nature on the. letters to nature. NATURE |VOL |29 NOVEMBER | David Quist & Ignacio H. Chapela. Department of Environmental Science, .

Author: Kikinos Nehn
Country: Bahrain
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Career
Published (Last): 23 February 2007
Pages: 316
PDF File Size: 11.98 Mb
ePub File Size: 18.33 Mb
ISBN: 383-8-86862-911-4
Downloads: 98583
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Meztijin

Supporters claim that this stems from opposition to Chapela’s anti-Novartis activism from Molecular and Cell Biology faculty member Jasper Rinewho was both a member of the tenure committee and in a research relationship with the company. He is best known for a paper in Nature on the flow of transgenes into wild maize populations, [1] [2] as an outspoken critic of the University of California ‘s ties to the biotechnology industry, as well as a later dispute with the University over denial of tenure that Chapela argued was politically motivated.

In this paper, we resolve a major question emerging from the last 8 years of use of stable isotope analysis for ecological inference in the field. We had chapla taken a sample from the local food agency, which also tested highly positive.

Ecology and evolution in Hypoxylon sensu lato: From Ignaclo, the free encyclopedia. This is an original concept derived from my experience in the field of drug discovery, together with my understanding of microbial ecology and the needs of conservation practice. With this manuscript we establish several new concepts in the field of coevolutionary biology of fungi. This can create some trouble, since it tends to make people like him acutely sensitive to the loss of diverse biologies, ideologies, imaginations.

The article went through peer review and the two anonymous reviewers came to opposite conclusions about its content.

This is a modified version of a German-language article that appeared in Das GoetheanumDec.

Listen here – https: And that is part of what science is: Grain Grain GRAIN is a small international non-profit organisation ignaio works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.

Cjapela first in a series of four or five articles establishing the fundamentals of isotopic fractionation by fungi. A hallmark of good science is in asking exploratory questions – just as we were doing.


Ignacio Chapela

Retrieved from ” https: The food agency maize we tested was highly transgenic – its positive signal was as strong as our transgenic positive. The Oaxaca Valley in Mexico is the heartland of maize diversity, and one might have expected that those companies that sell GM-corn to growers would have been disconcerted by the publication of this article.

There are some campaigns where it would be undesirable or even disastrous to let the audience know that your organization is directly involved In this article, we provide molecular evidence of the presence of transgenic DNA in genomes and geographical regions where it was not supposed to occur. For traditional ecologists, there was no question about the identity of the organism at stake: A mycologist by training someone who studies fungushe made the discovery about the contamination of maize varieties in Mexico quite by chance.

My participation in this manuscript included the design of experiments, identification of C3- C4- differential fractionation, production of the explanatory model proposed here and writing. Food systems across the continent are doing just fine without them 08 November More. GRAIN is a small international non-profit organisation that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.

The best thing about this alternative ontology is that it is a real alternative to the current ontological regime which comes out as neither a wholistic, non-operational mumbo-jumbo alternative, nor as a social constructivist alternative.

Ignacio CHAPELA | Our Environment at Berkeley

Bivings, it turned out, has a strategy it calls hcapela marketing. The first explanation seems the most likely: In the case of maize, who is asking the questions about the implications for farmers, human health, and global food systems? Chapela is also notable for his work with natural resources and indigenous rights.

These scientists were naturally interested in publishing their results in Nature FoodFirst And the whole biotech ideology is strongly supported by the powerful United States government with its subsidies, its export policies, and its lack of regulations concerning GM-crops and GM-food.

And unfortunately, when a particular branch of science becomes politicised, it becomes a hot potato that scares others away from working in the field. Please help by adding ognacio sources. Many igncaio on water whose journey begin… https: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

  440N G02123 PDF

These are the basic questions of ecology: Vertical gene flow is the way in which genes are passed on from parent to jature through cross-pollination. Those kinds of studies should have been done already, but weren’t.

Also available at http: His current research goal is to study gene flow between maize landraces and the teosintes their wild relatives in Mexico, and use naature information together with population genetics models to evaluate the impact of this gene flow natufe the distribution of maize genes including human-inserted transgenes over time. One is all the unknowns – the ecological significance, the effects on human health and genetic diversity, for instance.

This is a clear confirmation of Quist and Chapela’s research.

The Case of Mexican Maize

He continued research on a number of areas of fungal ecology through the s, as a visiting scholar at various research institutions, private companies, and NGOsfinally settling at UC Berkeley, where he has been on the faculty the Department of Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management ESPM since The first wave of response was to trivialise the first statement that we made, which simply said that the transgenes were present in the native landraces.

In our local setting, we suggested two possible sources of contamination – very local sources such as the food agency maize or that it was wind blown from the industrial maize planted in the valley about 60 miles away in Puerta Vallerta.

In this paper, we take a biogeographical and evolutionary approach to questions of coevolution, host-specificity and adaptation. However, Chapela was ultimately awarded tenure in I had been working with them on another project, but would also help them with technical workshops. These were all indigenous-run projects with the ideas and initiatives coming from the communities themselves.

We weren’t out of step with that, but the response we received was out of step with the way that normal scientific discourse should happen to advance scientific knowledge.