PULLMAN, Wash. R. James Cook, endowed chair in wheat research at Washington State University, will present a fall keynote address on “Sorting Out the Risks and Benefits of Plant Biotechnology” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Todd Auditorium, Room 116.

The keynote address, which is free and open to the public, will be hosted by the WSU’s National Institutes of Heath biotechnology training program.

Cook worked as a research plant pathologist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Pullman conducting research on biological approaches to controlling root diseases of Pacific Northwest wheat from 1965-98 when he was named to his current position. He chairs a committee of the American Psychopathological Society and serves on a committee of the National Research Council on agricultural bioterrorism.

Cook, who is nationally recognized in his field, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1993.