Plant scientist Joanne Chory has $3 million more than she did last week. Chory won the prize for the research she’s done for the past 30 years to find new ways to grow heartier plants. Chory estimates it will take roughly ten years and $50 million dollars to make the protein-rich plant a reality. “Our world is at a crossroads,” Chory told a crowd in Palo Alto on Monday, a day after she won the prize. Chory has already figured out new ways to grow mutant plant shoots without light.
She’s made certain plants grow taller in the shade by exposing their seeds to DNA-altering chemicals, and discovered a new class of plant hormones called ‘brassinosteroids’.
Chory said she’s no green thumb – she jokes that she knows the insides of plants better than the outsides.