September 10-11, 2020
12:00 - 19:00 GMT

Agriculture Virtual 2020

Theme: To secure Agriculture and Horticulture in the era of Covid-19
Speakers / 1st Edition Speakers
Keynote Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Klaus Ammann
Klaus Ammann

University of Bern, Switzerland

Biography
Title:
Overregulation of GM crops is too expensive, delays approvals and harms research
Biography
Prof. Emeritus Bern University Switzerland, thesis: vegetation and glacier history, summa cum laude in 1972, lecturing in Biodiversity, Vegetation Ecology, Lichens and Mosses, Biomonitoring of Air Pollution, Plant Biotechnology: Biosafety, Gene Flow and Ecology of Transgenic Crops. Guest Prof. in Delft, Netherlands, Istanbul, Turkey, research in Jamaica, USA: Duke University and Missouri Botanical Garden. Steering committee of www.prri.net. Scientific activities based on 650 endnote reference bibliographies on plant biotechnology and biodiversity, 360 publications in journals, blogs, newspapers, books, 200 slide presentations with literature references. Editor, Co-Editor in journals from Elsevier, Springer and Taylor&Francis. Scientific committees in Switzerland and Europe on biodiversity and biosafety. Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, external member of the European Academy. Details in http://www.ask-force.org/web/Curriculum/Links2.pdf 
Keynote Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Ayaz Latif Siyal
Samir C Debnath

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada

Biography
Title:
Property of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Government of Canada
Biography
Dr. Samir C. Debnath, P.Ag. is a Research Scientist at the St. John’s Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Newfoundland and Labrador and an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has authored and co-authored around 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals including review papers and book chapters. He has been a keynote speaker and an invited speaker at a number of international and national conferences and meetings, was the President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Institute of Agrologists (P.Ag.) and the Canadian Society for Horticultural Science; the Editor-in-Chief of the journal: Scientia Horticulturae, and a Special Issue Editor of Agronomy (MDPI). He was the Country Representative for Canada and the Council Member of the International Society for Horticultural Science. His research concerns biotechnology along with conventional method-based value-added small fruit and medicinal plant production, propagation and genetic enhancement. Much of his current work focuses on wild germplasm, antioxidant activity, biodiversity and micropropagation for berry crop improvement using in vitro and molecular techniques combined with conventional methods.
Keynote Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Ezendu Ariwa
Ezendu Ariwa

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, United Kingdom

Biography
Title:
Green Technology and Agriculture-Food Science  Mechanization Sustainability:  The Global CSR Perspectives
Biography
Professor Ezendu Ariwa holds the position of Professor in Computer Science at University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, Department of Computer Science & Technology, with speciality in Practice in Computing. He is also a Visiting Professor at Gulf University, Bahrain, Visiting Professor in Engineering Sustainability and ICT, Anadolu University, Turkey, Visiting Professor, University of Lagos, Nigeria, Visiting Professor and Co-Director of the Centre of Excellence in Cloud Computing, IAMTECH University, Sierra Leone and Visiting Professor, Kano State Polytechnics, Nigeria as well as Visiting Affiliate of the Green IT Observatory, RIMT University, Australia and Visiting Affiliate of ICT University, USA. He also holds the position of Director - Technical and Non-Executive Director and Research Professor for Enterprise Projects at Sun Bio IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd, India. He is also the Chair for the IEEE Consumer Electronics Chapter, United Kingdom & Ireland (UK&I), Chair for the IEEE Broadcast Technology Chapter.
Potential Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Tetsuo Nakamoto
Tetsuo Nakamoto

LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, USA

Biography
Title:
Theobromine: safe alternative for fluoride in dentifrice
Biography
Nihon University, School of Dentistry, Tokyo, Japan, DDS, 1964,. University of Michigan,  Ann Arbor, Michigan, Graduate Dentistry, MS, 1966, Prosthodontics. University of North Dakota, Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology, Grand Forks, North Dakota, MS, 1969, Physiology. University of Michigan, Dept. of Physiology, Ann Arbor, Michigan, MS, 1971, Physiology. Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (MIT), Dept. of Nutrition and Food Science, Cambridge, Ma., PhD, 1978, Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism. The founding members of Theodent and Theocorp Holding company  (New Orleans) and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and Chairman of the board, 2007- Present. Professor Emeritus,  LSU Health Sciences Center (HSC), New Orleans, La., 2006- Present. Professor of Pediatrics, Dept. of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, LSU HSC, New Orleans, La, 2000 – 2006. Professor of Physiology, School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Graduate School, LSU HSC, New Orleans, La, 1991 – 2006.
Leading Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Danilo Jose Fanelli Luchiari
Danilo Jose Fanelli Luchiari

GTACC, Brazil

Biography
Title:
Food production x irrigation x natural resources in Brazil: Successful case and challenges for environmental sustainability  
Biography
Danilo José Fanelli Luchiari, Agronomist - UNIPINHAL (1984), with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering – FEC/UNICAMP (1989) and Specialization in Environment - ESALQ/USP (1994). Consults for the largest irrigated citrus area in Brazil, works in Latin America.Accountable for the reintroduction of drip irrigation in Brazil. Works with fertigation of agribusiness effluents. Participates in programs to optimize river basins. Developed governmental projects for the settlement of multiple families in irrigated fruit growing regions in northern Brazil. Member of the GTACC group providing technical assistance to the largest citrus planted area in the country.
Potential Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 -  Shoichi Inaba
Shoichi Inaba

Packaging and Heat Sterilization of Toyo Institute of Food Technology, Japan

Biography
Title:
Analysis and prediction method for core temperature during thermal processing of packaged foods with ATS program
Biography
Mr. Inaba graduated from the faculty of electrical engineering of Keio University in 1984. He then joined the corporate R&D of Toyo Seikan Group, which manufactures various kinds of food packages such as metal cans and retort pouches. After working there for 20 years, he moved to the technology development division of Toyo Seikan Co., Ltd. as the manager of the Customer Solution department, where he engaged in the development of technology for the filling, sealing, and sterilization of food and beverage packages. In 2015, he joined Toyo Institute of Food Technology as a senior research manager.
Renowned Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Juan Leonardo Rocha Valdez
Juan Leonardo Rocha Valdez

Universidad Autonoma Agraria Antonio Narro, Mexico

Biography
Title:
Sorghum as a forage alternative in semi-arid regions of northern Mexico
Biography
Agronomist Fitotecnista. 1985 UAAAN. Postgraduate in Business Administration. 1998 UAdeC Doctorate in Strategic Administration. 2013 IIAE PhD Candidate in Administration and Senior Management. UAdeC Certificate in Labor Competences for the teaching of human capital training courses. CEO of the Basic and Applied Research Center of the UAAAN Research professor at the Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro Head of the Department of Basic Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro Professor of the subjects of Biostatistics and Introduction to Statistics Author of the book Biostatistics applied to veterinary medicine and livestock research in 2017. Author of the book Principles of  Biostatistics in 2019. Co-author in four scientific publications in a journal indexed in 2018. Advisor in eight investigations for thesis of degree in 2018.
Renowned Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Juan Leonardo Rocha Quinones
Juan Leonardo Rocha Quinones

Universidad Autonoma Agraria Antonio Narro, Mexico

Biography
Title:
Six sigma an option in bean production in Northern Mexico
Biography
Industrial Engineer with a specialty in Quality and Productivity. 2017 ITL. Postgraduate in Business Administration Quality and Productivity. 2019 Tec Milenio University Certificate in Green Belt SIGMA PRO INC. 2019 Research professor of the subjects of Biostatistics and Introduction to Statistics of the Antonio Narro Autonomous Agrarian University Co-author of the book Principles of Biostatistics in 2019.
Potential Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Henry Christopher Janse van Rensburg
Henry Christopher Janse van Rensburg

KU Leuven, Belgium

Biography
Title:
Metabolism and ROS dynamics are differentially regulated by γ-aminobutyric acid in a concentration dependent manner to induce immunity against B. cinerea in Arabidopsis
Biography
Mr. Janse van Rensburg studied BSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and graduated in 2013. Thereafter he continued his postgraduate studies at the Institute for Plant Biotechnology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa obtaining his MSc in 2015. He joined the research group of Prof. Wim Van den Ende in the Molecular Plant Biology laboratory at KU Leuven in Belgium for his PhD. His research is focusing on the effect of candidate priming molecules on plant metabolism and ROS dynamics during B. cinerea infection. He has published 3 scientific articles in SCI(E) journals.
Leading Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Raphael Raverdy
Raphael Raverdy

INRAE AgroImpact, France

Biography
Title:
Estimation of genetic parameters of a Miscanthus sinensis population: A staggered-start design differentiates the age effect from the climatic year effect
Biography
As a third year PhD student in INRAE and AgroParisTech – ABIES doctoral school, I am really passionate about agricultural, biological and environmental sciences. I definitely think that these sciences can be used as main  strengths and levers, in order to find innovative solutions to deal with one of the biggest challenges of this century, the climate change. Since I felt that as a teenager, right in the middle of the family farm, I tried to build my graduate studies following this passion. That is why I studied in agricultural engineering schools, ISA Lille and AgroParisTech, to specialize in plant breeding.
Renowned Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 -  Dayanne da Costa Maynard
Dayanne da Costa Maynard

University of Brasilia, Brazil

Biography
Title:
Sustainability: assessment tool in food services
Biography
Dayanne da Costa Maynard graduated in Nutrition and Master by the Federal University of Sergipe, Post-graduated by the University Gama Filho. He has experience in teaching, being a professor at the Federal University of Sergipe, University Tiradentes, UNIEURO and University Cruzeiro do Sul. He worked as a Nutritionist at FHS / HUSE and a consultant at EMBRAPA. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Brasília (UnB) working on the theme of Sustainability in meal production and professor at the University Center of Brasília (UniCEUB). Published more than 20 articles and is a reviewer and editorial member of journals.
Renowned Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Pilar Fernández-Pacheco
Pilar Fernández-Pacheco

Rodríguez University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Biography
Title:
Safety evaluation of yeasts with probiotic potential
Biography
Dr. Pilar studied Food Science and Technology at the Castilla-La Mancha University, Spain and graduated in 2015. She continued with postgraduate studies, and at the same time, she joined the research group of Prof. Ana Briones Pérez at the Yeast Biotechnology laboratory in Castilla-La Mancha University. She receiver her PhD degree in 2019 at the same institution. Currently, she obtained a postdoctoral fellowship supervised by Dra. Maria de los Llanos Palop at the Microbiology Laboratory, Toledo (Spain).
Leading Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Maider Zugazua Ganado
Maider Zugazua Ganado

BCC Innovation Basque Culinary Center, Spain

Biography
Title:
Morphological characterization of Vigna unguiculate (L.) Walp
Biography
Maider Zugazua Ganado has a BS in Food Science and Technology and MS in Food Quality and Security from the University of Basque Country (Spain). After the MS (2018), she started working as quality technician in a beverage factory. At the moment, she is lab technician intern at BCC Innovation, a Technological Center in Gastronomy, focusing her work mainly in the innovation and investigation projects that require physicochemical analysis.
Potential Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Shuyana Deba Rementeria
Shuyana Deba Rementeria

BCC Innovation Basque Culinary Center, Spain

Biography
Title:
Effect of sodium bicarbonate and soaked time on the texture properties of cowpea beans
Biography
Shuyana Deba Rementeria is student researcher at BCCInnovation, and PhD candidate in the Gastronomy program at Basque Culinary Center Hezkuntza. She has a B.S. degree in Biotechnology from University of Basque Country and a M.S. in Food Quality and Security. She has been recently hired by BCCInnovation to increase knowledge in the sustainability area, because of her expertise during several months working on different I+D departments in different companies. Thanks to a training grant from the Basque Government, in the scientific-technological and business environment of the Basque agricultural and food sector, her PhD studies focus on researching how fermentation and enzymes can be used in the development of high value food products. In addition to her PhD research, she works in different research and innovation activities of the BCCInnovation center.
Potential Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Daniela Silva
Daniela Silva

ALS Controlvet – Seguranca Alimentar, Portugal

Biography
Title:
Embracing the Next-Gen technology in food industry
Biography
Daniela Silva has a degree in Biochemistry from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of  the University of Coimbra (Portugal) in 2005 PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of Abel Salazar (ICBAS) of the University of Porto (Portugal) in 2013. She obtained the certification as a coordinating researcher of practical animal research by FELASA and the National Animal Health Authority (DGV) in 2011  During his career he did research in the area of bacterial toxins at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMC) in Porto and at Rudolf-Virchow-Zentrum at the University of Wurzburg (Germany) having collaborated on several projects. Since 2013 she assumes the position of Head of Molecular Biology R & D at ALS Controlvet- (Tondela, Portugal), where he leads applied research developed at the company in the application of molecular biology techniques for the development of new analytical methods in the field of food safety and quality control and veterinary tests, specializing in the PCR and DNA sequencing techniques. She is the author of 6 scientific articles and a patent.
Potential Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Alejandro Medina Santiago
Alejandro Medina Santiago

Institute National of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, Mexico

Biography
Title:
Agricultural signal processing for data security
Biography
Dr. A. Medina studied Electronic Engineering at the ITTG, Chiapas and graduated as MS in 2003 at CINVESTAV-IPN. He then joined the research group of VLSI CINVESTAV-IPIN. He received PhD degree in 2008 at the CINVESTAV-IPN. After one-year postdoctoral fellowship supervised by Dr. Feijoo in CIIDIR-IPN Oaxaca, Mexico he obtained the position of an Associate Professor at the ITTG and UPCH. He has published more than 10 research articles in JCR journals. Currently Conacyt chair at INAOE.
Potential Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 -  Sarayut Thaikua
Sarayut Thaikua

Department of Livestock Development, Thailand

Biography
Title:
The possibility in prediction of nutritive value of forage crop by ground plant density
Biography
Dr. Sarayut Thaikua studied Biology at Ramkhamheang University, Thailand and graduated as BS in 1996. He then joined the Shrimp research group of Prof. Flegel at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Thailand as the technician for 2 years. He then worked as scientist, pasture science, at Department of Livestock Development (DLD), Thailand for 5 years. In 2005, he studied Plant breeding at Khonkaen University, Thailand and graduated as MS in 2012. He then returned to work at DLD again, focused on forage crop breeding. In 2012, He got the scholarship from Royal Thai government for PhD, and he received his Ph.D. Science of Bioresource Production (Pasture Science), Kagoshima University, Japan in 2015, with supervised by Prof. Yasuhiro Kawamoto. After half year postdoctoral fellowship supervised by Prof. Kawamoto at the Pasture science laboratory, University of the Ryukyus, Japan he returned to DLD at the same position. He has published 2 research articles in SCI (E) journals as First author, and 4 articles as co-author
Potential Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Parimalan Rangan
Parimalan Rangan

ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, India

Biography
Title:
Differential expression pattern for C4 specific gene copies in rice grains and its relevance with the intermediate step in the C4 evolution
Biography
Dr. Parimalan Rangan studied Agriculture (PBG) at TNAU, Coimbatore for post-graduation (2003), and did PhD in Biotechnology at CSIR-CFTRI, Mysuru (2008).  Joined ICAR in 2009 as Scientist at ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi.  Through DBT funded IACBGF scheme, had two years post-doctoral fellowship at Prof. Robert Henry lab of the QAAFI, The University of Queensland, Australia (2014-16) to work on transcriptome approaches for grain quality in wheat under the impact of heat stress.  After which, continuing at ICAR-NBPGR.  Identified the accomplishment of non-Kranz C4 pathway in wheat grains, with wheat being a C3 plant.
Potential Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Ayaz Latif Siyal
Ayaz Latif Siyal

Sindh Agriculture University, Pakistan

Biography
Title:
Correlation and regression analyses of grain yield and yield components in advance bread wheat (triticum aestivum l.) genotypes
Biography
Mr. Ayaz Latif Siyal studied Plant Breeding and Genetics at Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam and graduated as MS in 2019. He has published research articles in journals and presented more than seven abstracts in International Conferences. Ayaz is also Author of only Book “Gateway to Plant Breeding which accepted for publication at Lambert Academic Publishing. 
Potential Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Ninsiima Jolly
Ninsiima Jolly

Duksung Womens’ University, Uganda

Biography
Title:
Anti-Diabetic Effects Of The Medicinal Plants Guava And Papaya Leaves Extracts
Biography
Mrs. NINSIIMA Jolly (MS) graduated in Food and Nutrition at Duksung Womens’ University South Korea 2015-2017; thereafter, i worked with KOICA, Duksung Women’s University Research team in Ethiopia, Gondar University to establish Food Bio-resource and Drug Development center. I have also worked with Envirom Green Holding Africa in Rwanda as nutritionist and currently I am working with Wakati Foundation in Uganda, Nakivale refugee settlement as Research and Nutrition Facilitator (Volunteering), I have published two books and two articles.  Rwanda Tea; Consumption, Production, export trends and additive Value/Journal of   Korean Tea Society, Anti-inflammatory activity of Rumex A, Lipidium S and Guizotia A with Lambert Academy publishing.
Potential Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Rafael Avila Cisneros
Rafael Avila Cisneros

Antonio Narro Autonomous Agrarian University, Mexico

Biography
Title:
Alfalfa production (Medicago sativa L.) fertilizing the soil with organic sources based on vermicompost
Biography
Mr. Rafael Avila Cisneros is Ing. Agronomist in Irrigation by the Antonio Narro Agricultural Autonomous University Laguna Unit (UAAAN UL in Mexico graduated in 1991, In 1995 he finished his Master's Degree in Administration at the Autonomous University of Coahuila - Torreón Unit (Mexico); and from 2004 to 2009 he completed his doctoral studies in the Division of Postgraduate Studies FCA-UA of C UT in Administration and Senior Management.He is Professor and Researcher of UAAAN UL since 2006. Since 2014 he has a Desirable Profile SEP and in 2016 in union with 4 professors and researchers will create the academic body UAAAN-CA-34 and since that date productivity has been reflected in 7 articles in an indexed journal, 2 books published by the Spanish Academic Editorial, Paper and articles in length of the International Administration Congresses Agropecuaría (CIAEA) 2017, 2018 and 2019, Paper and articles in extenso of the International Congresses of the 28, 29 and 30 International Week of Agronomy of the Faculty of Agriculture and Zootechnics of the Juárez University of the State of Durango (Mexico). He currently serves as Deputy Director of Planning and Evaluation of the UAAAN U.L.
Potential Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Naha Alotaibi
Naha Alotaibi

Swansea University, UK

Biography
Title:
Linking population genetics and phenotypic variability, with long-term resilience in seagrass depends on spatial scale
Biography
I have been working as a lecturer at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2011; and have been working on plant ecology of the desert and forest in Saudi Arabia. I did my BSc (Class Hons) in Botany and followed by MSc (Class Hons) in Plant Ecology with Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. My thesis for my MSc was "The effect of Autotoxicity and Intraspecific competition on the plantation and seedling growth in Ziziphus nummularia". Ziziphus nummularia is an important species that has ecological value, but regeneration of the species is very low despite its high production of seeds. PNU funded research project working with Department of Biology to evaluate the effects of some factors such as allelopathy and competition on seedlings growth. I have got a scholarship from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia’s Cultural Bureau (SACB) and Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU). In 2015, I moved to Department of Biosciences, Swansea University, UK to be postgraduate researcher and pursue a PhD in plant ecology. Supervised PhD project by Dr James Bull and Prof Luca Borger in the Department of Biosciences, Swansea University, UK. This project will aim to be looking at spatial structure in population genetics in UK seagrass, Zostera marina to better understand the link between demography, ecological dynamics and population genetics. I am interested in many research areas such as: Population Genetics structure, Plant Ecology, Environment variable, Competition and Allelopathy in plant community. I have contributed and participated in several businesses as a volunteer.
Potential Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - B N Hazarika
B N Hazarika

Central Agricultural University, India

Biography
Title:
Culture induced phenotype and methods to harden micro propagated plants
Biography
Prof. B N Hazarika, PhD  presently working as Dean, College of Horticulture and Forestry, CAU, Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh. Prof. B N Hazarika guided a number of PG & Ph D students, handled   several   externally funded research projects and organized 90 trainings. He has published 80 research papers, published 20 books, 25 conference papers and book chapter, 11 practical manual, 25 Bulletins, edited 13 souvenir and 245 popular articles. He contributed significantly in collection, morphological and molecular characterization of diverse genotype of various fruit crops, standardized  good agricultural practices  for some major fruit crops; introduced new fruit crops in the region.
Potential Speaker for Agriculture Virtual 2020 - Raffaele Pilla
Raffaele Pilla

G.d’Annunzio University, Italy

Biography
Title:
Therapeutic ketosis and the broad field of applications for the ketogenic diet: Ketone ester applications & clinical updates
Biography
Raffaele Pilla, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Doctor Europaeus, received his Master’s degree in Pharmacy at G.d’Annunzio University in Chieti-Pescara, Italy in 2005, where he also served internships at the CellPhysiology Laboratory and Molecular Biology Laboratory. Prior, he was an Erasmus Student atFaculté de Pharmacie de Reims in Reims, France. He received his Doctor Europaeus in 2010 fromPitié-Salpétrière Institute in Paris, France. Also in 2010, he received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry,Physiology, and Pathology of Muscle at G. d’Annunzio University in Chieti-Pescara, Italy. He washired as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at the Universityof South Florida in Tampa, on two research grants funded by the Office of Naval Research (US Navy)and Divers’ Alert Network. He has written and lectured widely worldwide. He has been involved inongoing research at the University of South Florida with the use of ketone esters.
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