Plant Science Post

A Scientist’s Passion to Tackle Hunger

November 14, 2016
Food Security

Scientist Senthil Kumar at the BASF research centre Bellathi, Coimbatore, India.

Scientist Senthil Kumar at the BASF research centre Bellathi, Coimbatore, India.

Senthil Kumar, a biotechnologist at BASF’s research center in Bellathi, India, has a passion for tackling hunger and malnutrition. He explains his motivation for pursuing a career in plant science and encourages others to follow in his footsteps.

Why did you want to be a plant scientist?

Plants form the basis of life on earth, providing food, fuel and even the oxygen we breathe. Through my work, I am happy to contribute to feed or meet the demand for the growing population in the world.

What interests you about plant science?

Plant science research can contribute significantly to facing the global challenges of food security, renewable energy, conservation and climate change. My personal interest is around food security.

Why is your profession important in the challenge to feed the world?

Stabilizing food supplies in a changing environment is integral to not only ensuring the world population’s health, but also to addressing malnourishment in children. An estimated 50 percent of childhood disease globally is attributed to malnourishment. Plant science plays an important role in improving nutrition in crops.

Would you encourage other people to pursue careers as plant scientists?

One of the best things about plant science is the number of different specialties and career opportunities from which you can choose. This diversity allows people with different backgrounds, aptitudes and interests to find satisfying careers. Botany continues to provide opportunities more than many other scientific fields. There are few things more fulfilling than to work in a job that is both fun to do and benefits others.