DALE SHANER is the director of Ag Biotech at American Cyanamid in Princeton, New Jersey. He directs the agricultural-biotechnology program, which is aimed at finding new pesticide target sites and identifying genes associated with output traits in major crops. Before to becoming director, Shaner was a senior research fellow for herbicide discovery, and directed basic research in plant biochemistry, plant physiology, and plant-chemical-environment interactions. He has published on the mode of action of imidazolinone herbicides, biochemistry of resistance development, and selection and utility of herbicide-resistant crops. He chairs the Herbicide Resistance Action Committee, an international, intercompany committee. Before to his position at American Cyanamide, Shaner was an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside. He received his PhD in plant physiology at the University of Illinois.
DAVID ZILBERMAN is professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He also serves as director of the Center for Sustainable Resource Development. Zilberman has diverse research interests: economics of technological change, economics of natural resources, microeconomic theory, and agricultural and nutrition policy. Zilberman has published numerous articles on topics of water quality in irrigated agriculture, pollution prevention, financial incentives and pesticide use, biotechnology and precision agriculture. Zilberman researched market incentives to control environmental problems for his PhD degree in agricultural economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Zilberman participated in a Research Council workshop on precision agriculture affiliated with the Committee on Assessing Crop Yield.