November 11-12, 2020
12:00 - 19:00 GMT

Plant Biology Virtual 2020

Theme: A drive to thrive plant sciences
Speakers
Keynote Speaker at Plant Biology Virtual 2020 - Danijela Poljuha
Danijela Poljuha

Institute of Agriculture and Tourism, Croatia

Biography
Title:
Ahead of their time: Women pioneers in plant biology
Biography
Dr. Poljuha graduated from molecular biology at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb (Croatia), where she also holds a PhD degree in natural sciences in the field of biology. She has worked as a researcher at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, The Institute of Agriculture and Tourism Poreč, and The Materials Research Center METRIS Pula. She has participated in 25 national and international projects and has published over 50 scientific papers. She is the founder of two laboratories and a Biotechnical Department. Her research interests are focused on plant genetics and the application of molecular markers in the conservation of plant genetic resources. She is also involved with the popularization of science.
Keynote Speaker at Plant Science Webinar 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 at Plant Biology Virtual 2020 - Valasia Iakovoglou
Valasia Iakovoglou

Director of the Ecotourism Sector of UNESCO chair Con-E-Ect, International Hellenic University, Greece

Biography
Title:
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Biography
Dr. Valasia Iakovoglou is a graduate of Iowa State University, USA. She has more than 20-yrs of national/international research and teaching experience as an Ecophysiologist/Silviculture expert in seedling production and Restoration/Conservation of Ecosystems with emphasis on Biodiversity under the challenges of Climate Change. She has received numerous scholarships, awards and recognitions. She is an editor at five international journals and a reviewer in more than ten with one of them being the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She has numerous publications with more than ten books/book chapters and 50 peer-reviewed papers. She is active in many scientific societies such as the Mediterranean Experts of Climate and environmental Change (MedECC) and associations such as the “Association of Inter-Balkan Woman’s Cooperation Societies (AIWCS)” of UNESCO Center, where she serves as Board Member. Currently she is the Director of the Ecotourism Sector of the UNESCO chair Con-E-Ect and a visiting professor at the MSc program “Man and Water”.
Keynote Speaker for Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Samir C Debnath
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.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual - Samir C Debnath
Samir C Debnath

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada

Biography
Title:
Strategic approaches of plant tissue culture and molecular techniques for propagation and improvement of horticultural crops
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.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar - Vincent Fradet
Vincent Fradet

CHU de Québec – Université Laval, Canada

Biography
Title:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Survey in Men under Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer: from Intake to Prostate Tissue Level
Biography
Dr. Vincent Fradet (MD, PhD, FRCSC) trained at University of Montreal and UC San Francisco and is now associate professor and clinician scientist in uro-oncology at the CHU de Québec-Université Laval and the Institute on Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF). He also holds a doctorate in clinical research / epidemiology. Dr Fradet leads and collaborates to multicenter observational studies and clinical trials in prostate and bladder cancers. His main areas of research interest are using precision lifestyle medicine approaches, including microbiome and tissue biological measures, in urologic oncology to better prevent, diagnose and treat prostate and bladder cancers.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar - Nora Kearns
Nora Kearns

University of Oregon, United States

Biography
Title:
The Influence of Prenatal Inflammation on Postnatal Maternal and Infant Behavior
Biography
Nora Kearns is a senior undergraduate researcher majoring in Biology at the University of Oregon, where she works in Dr. Elinor Sullivan’s Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience lab studying prenatal inflammation and maternal and infant behavior.
Speaker at Plant Biology Virtual 2020 - Renee Joy Dufault
Renee Joy Dufault

Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute, United States

Biography
Title:
The case for reducing ultra-processed food intake and dietary heavy metal exposures through online instruction  
Biography
Dr. Dufault studied environmental science at UC Davis, graduating in 1990. She was commissioned by the Navy to work as an officer in the toxicology field before transferring to the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). She retired from the PHS and Food and Drug Administration in 2008 to publish her findings of mercury in corn syrup. Since retiring, she earned a doctorate degree at A.T. Still University and founded the Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute where she works as an independent researcher with collaborators. With ten publications and 536 citations, she is considered an expert in heavy metal exposures.
Keynote Speaker at Plant Science 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
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual - Claude Billeaud
Claude Billeaud

Medical University of Bordeaux

Biography
Title:
A new High Hydrostatic Pressure destroyed all pathogens including spores while preserving the Bioactive proteins of Donated Human Milk
Biography
Claude Billeaud received his MD degree from the Medical University of Bordeaux ( France) in 1979 after a graduation in human cytogenetics (1976). He then studied pediatrics and has been the Clinical Assistant Director of Bordeaux University in the departments of Pediatrics, Neonatology and Intensive Care since 1983.He currently serves as a pediatrician in the neonatal unit at the Children’s Hospital of Bordeaux, as a scientific manager of Bordeaux-Marmande human milk bank, as a lecturer and head of research (HDR : Habilitation to direct research) in neonatal nutrition at the Medical University of Bordeaux. His particular interest in research led him to graduate in Biology and Health (1988, Bordeaux), be awarded a master in statistics applied to clinical research ( 1991, Montreal) and complete a PhD in nutrition and food science (2000, Bordeaux).Along his career he has often been invited as a guest professor specialised in nutrition and neonatology in various universities abroad ( Montreal, Corrientes in Argentina).Over the last 35 years, he has been an active member of different scientific organisations, either French, European or American, specialised in perinatal medicine (neonatology, pediatrics and nutrition). In this instance, he has served as the President of the Association for Pediatric Education in Europe (A.P.E.E) since 2008 and behalf APEE he is Member of European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP). He has also been very involved in the French human milk banking association (ADLF) for more than 10 years, sharing his academic knowledge focused in nutrition and his long clinical experience in neonatology. He is currently carrying out several researches on the composition of human milk.As an expert in nutrition and perinatal medicine, he is also the author and co-author of numerous scientific publications. 
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar - Lacramioara-Carmen Ivanescu
Lacramioara-Carmen Ivanescu

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Romania

Biography
Title:
Leaves'response from Woody Species as an Indicator of Environmental Pollution
Biography
Academic position: Senior Lecturer to Department of Biology, Faculty of Biology, ?Alexandru Ioan Cuza University? (UAIC), Iasi, Romania. Fields of competence: morphology and plant anatomy; industrial and urban  pollution. Scientific activities: PhD Thesis in Biology Science, Research on the Influence of Atmospheric Pollutants on the Foliar Apparatus of Species of Cultivated and Spontaneous Plants, 1999, November 23, UAIC, cum laude notation (I present the results regarding the effects of atmospheric pollutants on the structure of more than 50 species of wooden and herbal plants located in the industrial areas from Romania. Scanning electronic microscopy (S.E.M.) investigations were performed for the first time in Romania, monitoring the reactions on the foliar cuticular surfaces. A part of these results were re-evaluated in my research project Cyto-histo-anatomical research on vegetative organs of Gymnosperm species from forest areas with a searing risk (ANSTI 2000/2001) and published into a book in    2003, Influenta poluarii atmosferice asupra structurii plantelor (Influence of Atmospheric Pollution on Plant Structure), Andrei Saguna Foundation Publishing House, Constanta, 394 pp., ISBN 973-8146-67-4 (L?cr?mioara Iv?nescu & Constantin Toma).
Keynote Speaker at Plant Science Webinar 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.
Poster Presenter for Plant Biology Virtual 2020 - Anna Cedro
Anna Cedro

University Of Szczecin, Poland

Biography
Title:
Effect of the outbreak of horse-chestnut leaf miner (Cameraria ohridella Deschka & Dimic) on tree-ring width in common horsechestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum L.)
Biography
Dr. hab. Anna Cedro, prof. US studied Geography at Szczecin University, Poland. In 2003 she finished PhD on climate change impact on tree-ring width of Scots Pine, Douglass Fir and native species of Oaks in the Western Pomerania. In 2012 she finished Habilitation on dendrochronology of yew in Poland and western Ukraine. Her current research interests are focused on dendroclimatology of the wild service tree and dendroecology of trees growing in wet habitats. Anna Cedro is Professor of geography at the Szczecin University, Institute of Marine and Environmental Sciences (teaching Meteorology and Climatology) She is Director of Szczecin University Doctoral School. She has published more than 100 research articles.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual  - 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.
Speaker at Plant Webinar 2020 - Valasia Iakovoglou
Valasia Iakovoglou

Academic Director of Mediterranean College, Greece

Biography
Title:
Seedling transplanting responses under Irrigation treatments to successfully transplant semi-arid Mediterranean ecosystems under the challenges of climate change
Biography
Dr. Valasia Iakovoglou is a graduate of Iowa State University, USA. She has more than 20-yrs of national/international research and teaching experience and has received numerous scholarships, awards and recognitions. She is an editor at five international journals and a reviewer in more than ten with one of them being the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She has numerous publications with more than ten books/book chapters and 30 peer-reviewed papers. She is active in many scientific societies such as the Mediterranean Experts of Climate and environmental Change (MedECC) and associations such as the “Association of Inter-Balkan Woman’s Cooperation Societies (AIWCS)” of UNESCO Center, where she serves as Board Member.
Speaker for Plant Biology Virtual 2020 - Nahaa Miqad Alotaibi
Nahaa Miqad 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.
Poster Presenter for Plant Biology Webinar - 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.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar - 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.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Tianying Wu
Tianying Wu

San Diego State University, USA

Biography
Title:
Increased Acid-Producing Diet and Past Smoking Intensity Are Associated with Worse Prognoses Among Breast Cancer Survivors: A Prospective Cohort Study
Biography
Dr. Wu is a molecular and nutritional epidemiologist with training in medicine, epidemiology, and nutritional biochemistry. She received her M.D. from China, PhD in nutrition from the University of North Carolina and Master of Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health.  She finished her postdoctoral training at Harvard School of Public Health focusing on nutritional and molecular epidemiology.  She has received several grants and published many papers focusing on dietary and biochemical predictors of aging related chronic diseases in the past 15 years.  Dr. Wu was awarded several prestigious awards for her contribution on identifying fluorescent oxidation products as a strong predictor for heart disease and hip fractures. Examples of her awards are Jeremiah & Rose Stamler Research award and Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Research Award nomination from American Heart Association.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at School of Public Health, San Diego State University.
Poster Presenter for Plant Biology Webinar - 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.
Speaker at Plant Science 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.
Speaker for Plant Science Webinars 2020 - Tamas Janos Szigeti
Tamas Janos Szigeti

WESSLING Hungary Ltd, Hungary

Biography
Title:
Acrylamide forming in heat treated foods containing proteins and different type of sugars
Biography
My name is Tamás János SZIGETI from Hungary. My worklplace is the WESSLING Hungary Ltd., which is a member company of WESSLING Germany GmbH in Europe. Our laboratory is situated at Budapest Hungary. We work with 320 employees in 7,000 m2 laboratory territory. Our activities are covering the pharmaceutical, environmental and food/feed investigation topics. The main activities include “classical”, instrumental, molecular biological, microbiological and sensorial analyses.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinar 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.
Speaker at Plant Biology Webinar 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.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Tamas Janos Szigeti
Juan J. Narvaez Reinaldo

SEMILLAS FITO, Spain

Biography
Title:
Seeds technologies for nitrogen fixation
Biography
Juan J. Narvaez Reinaldo background focuses on the promotion of seedlings under optimum and suboptimum conditions. Since 2014, He is in charge of the seed technology department at Fitó Seeds with the aim to develop seed treatments (priming, seed coating, seed disinfection & seed sorting) with agronomical value. His team work with cucurbitaceae, solanaceae, leguminous, corn, sunflower, grasses, turf and forage crops. His team have developed different seed treatment brands such as FitóCare, FitóOptima & FitóPower. Before he got his PhD at the University of Granada. His thesis was focused on the development of biological film coatings (based on the use of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria) with the aim to protect seedlings against abiotic stressful conditions (waterlogging, desiccation and contaminated soils).
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar - Pilar Fernández-Pacheco Rodríguez
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).
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar - 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.
Speaker for Plant Science 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
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual - 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.
Poster presenter at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Phan Thi Hong Nhung1
Phan Thi Hong Nhung

Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Biography
Title:
Genome-wide association study on salt tolerance in rice at seedling stage under moderate salinity
Biography
My name is Phan Thi Hong Nhung. I am a lecture assistant at Vietnam National University of Agriculture, and I am studying PhD at Universite catholique de Louvain (Belgium). My research focuses on study physiology and genetics of rice under salt stress conditions, especially regard to salt tolerance and nitrogen use efficiency in rice. I hope the results of my research could be useful for rice breeding to find new varieties for cultivating in saline conditions and reduce negative effects on environments.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Sylvia Adjoa Mitchell
Sylvia Adjoa Mitchell

The University of the West Indies, West Indies

Biography
Title:
Tropical Plant Ontogeny – the case of the two shoot types of Smilaceae and Dioscoreaceae
Biography
Dr. Sylvia Adjoa Mitchell studied Botany / Geography (BSc) and Biotechnology (PhD) at The University of the West Indies (UWI) graduating in 2000. After 7 years at the Scientific Research Council and 3 years at the Sugar Industry Research Institute, Jamaica she was given the opportunity in 1999 to initiate the Medicinal Plant Biotechnology research group, at the Biotechnology Centre, UWI. After two years running the MPBRG, she obtained the position of Assistant Lecturer, and in 2014 of Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology. Her publications include 27 research articles in refereed journals, one ebook, 3 book chapters and six international technical reports.
Speaker for Plant Science virtual 2020 -  Irina Karadjova
Irina Karadjova

University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria

Biography
Title:
Organic honey – transfer of chemical elements
Biography
Prof. Dr. Irina Karadjova studied Chemistry at the Faculty of chemistry and pharmacy, University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria and graduated as MS in 1981. She then joined the research group of Prof. D. Tsalev at Department of Analytical chemistry of same faculty. She received her PhD degree in 1992 at the same institution. From 1992 to 2019 she obtained the position of an Associate Professor and then full Professor at the Faculty of chemistry and pharmacy. She is a Head of Laboratory for Analytical Atomic Spectrometry. She has published more than 70 research articles in SCI(E) journals with more than 1500 citations.)
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar 2020 - Emanuele Calabrò
Emanuele Calabrò

University of Messina, Italy

Biography
Title:
Methylene and non-hydrogen-bonded carbonyl C=O groups in Maillard reaction after conventional convective cooking and microwave cooking of bovine meat
Biography
Emanuele Calabrò is Full Professor of Physics at the Technological Technical Institute of Messina (Italy). He received the National Qualifications as University Professor in Applied Physics and in Experimental Physics of Matter. He received the International Prize for Excellence in Research by the Academic Brand Awards-2018. He has published more than 100 refereed papers in ISI journals, monographs and book chapters.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinars 2020 - C. Bharadwaj
C. Bharadwaj

ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, India

Biography
Title:
Abiotic Stress Breeding in Chickpea using Genomic tools
Biography
Bharadwaj  has 22 years of scientific experience in breeding legumes and pulses and developed eight chickpea varietie. He is the Principal investigator for the ICAR-Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project on “Application of next generation breeding, genotyping and digitalization approaches for improving the genetic gain in Indian staple crops” . He leads several other projects in collaboration with ICRISAT, ICARDA, UWA Perth, and GCP, CIMMYT. He is the ICRISAT Steering Team Member for GOBII program, Elelected Fellow of Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development, Kanpur, India and Fellow of Indian Society Genetics and Plant Breeding, New Delhi India. He has published more than 120 papers . He guided/guiding eight Doctoral students and three MSc students as Chairman.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Simone Brogi
Simone Brogi

University of Pisa, Italy

Biography
Title:
Oleuropein aglycone as amyloid β fibrils disruptor: Insight into the mechanism of action of this polyphenol from extra virgin olive oil
Biography
Simone Brogi is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmacy at University of Pisa (Italy). He leads the Computational Pharmacology and Toxicology Unit in the research group of Prof. Vincenzo Calderone. He graduated in 2005 in Biological Sciences from the University of Siena (Italy), where he also received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2010. From 2011 to 2019 he directed the Molecular Modeling Unit at the Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy (University of Siena) in the research group of Prof. Giuseppe Campiani. His research activity is focused on computational approaches in drug discovery, with over 85 papers.
Speaker for Plant Science 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.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Raj Kumar Joshi
Raj Kumar Joshi

Rama Devi Women’s University, India

Biography
Title:
Delineating the long non-coding network in the interaction between plant and fungal phytopathogen
Biography
Raj Kumar Joshi is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Biotechnology, Rama Devi Women’s University, India where he teaches graduate level courses on Plant Genomics and Genetic Engineering. He also serves as the Group Leader of the Plant Functional Genomics Group, and in that capacity he supervises the overall research activities on the functional aspects of molecular plant-microbe interactions. He has been awarded with the prestigious SERB early career grant and SERB extramural grant from the Dept. of Science and technology, Govt. of India and CREST award from Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. In collaboration with Prof. Nat Kav from University of Alberta, Canada, he is running a successful programme on the delineation of molecular networks in the interaction between plants and fungal phytopathogens. His recent forays into genome editing and precise base editing towards improvement of these crops has been highly productive.
Speaker at Plant Science 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.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar 2020 - Jorge A. Zavala
Jorge A. Zavala

Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-CONICET, Argentina

Biography
Title:
Ethylene alone may play a key role in modulating induction of isoflavonoids, an important defense against herbivore insects in field-grown soybean
Biography
Dr. Zavala studied Agronomy at the University of Buenos Aires and graduated in 1994. He then joined the research group of Prof. Baldwin at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany, where he received his PhD degree in 2004. After two years of postdoc at the same institution, he moved to the University of Illinois for 2 years to work under the supervision of Profs Berenbaum and DeLucia. Currently he is Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the school of Agronomy, University of Buenos Aires. He has published more than 50 research articles in SCI(E) journals.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinar - Sylvia Adjoa Mitchell
Sylvia A Mitchell

The University of the West Indies, West Indies

Biography
Title:
Caribbean Traditional Medicine (CTM) compared to Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicine (TIM) and Chinese medicine (TCM) highlighting developmental and sustainable issues
Biography
Dr. Mitchell studied Botany / Geography (BSc) and Biotechnology (PhD) at The University of the West Indies (UWI) graduating in 2000. After 7 years at the Scientific Research Council and 3 years at the Sugar Industry Research Institute, Jamaica she was given the opportunity in 1999 to initiate the Medicinal Plant Biotechnology research group, at the Biotechnology Centre, UWI. After two years running the MPBRG, she obtained the position of Assistant Lecturer, and in 2014 as Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology. Her publications include 27 research articles in refereed journals, one book, 3 book chapters and six international technical reports.
Speaker for Plant Science virtual 2020 - Nisreen A. AL-Quraan
Nisreen A. AL-Quraan

Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan

Biography
Title:
Physiological and Biochemical Characterization of GABA Shunt Pathway in Pea (Pisum sativum L.) Seedlings under Drought Stress
Biography
Nisreen AL-Quraan graduated in 1998 with Bachelor of Science degree from the Department of Biological Sciences, Yarmouk University, Jordan. She joined the graduate program in the Department of Biological sciences, Yarmouk University and received her Master of Science degree in Plant Biochemistry and Molecular biology in 2001. After completion of her MS, she worked as research and teaching assistant for two years in the Department of Biological Sciences, Yarmouk University, Jordan. On May, 2004 she joined the Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University, Alabama, USA to pursue her PhD degree in Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology working on the plant abiotic stress interaction and the role of GABA shunt pathway in plant stress tolerance. She obtained her PhD Degree in August, 2008 from Auburn University, Alabama, USA. Since September 2008, Nisreen AL-Quraan has been working as a professor in plant biochemistry and molecular biology at Jordan University of Science and Technology, JORDAN. Her research is focusing on investigating the pathways that enable plants to adapt and tolerate harsh biotic and Abiotic stress conditions. She is interested in understanding the role of GABA shunt metabolic pathway that is activated in response to the interactions between plants and its environments.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual - 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.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinar - V. Vishnuprasad
V. Vishnuprasad

SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, India

Biography
Title:
Wood Anatomy of hardwood tree species
Biography
Dr. V. Vishnuprasad studied Botany at the SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Sion (West) affiliated to University of Mumbai and graduated in 2007 followed by post-graduation in Environmental Botany in 2009. He then went on to pursue Ph.D. in Forest Botany at the Forest Research Institute (Deemed) University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand in 2013 under the guidance of Dr. Sangeeta Gupta, Scientist - G, Wood Anatomy. His research work has been published in the esteemed journal Trees – Structure and Function in 2017. He later joined Botany department of SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce (Autonomous), Mumbai as an Assistant Professor and has been engaged in academics and research.
Speaker for Plant Science virtual 2020 - Sunita Chandel
Sunita Chandel

University of Horticulture and Forestry, India

Biography
Title:
Disease suppressive native strains of Trichoderma spp., their low cost effective mass multiplication on agro-waste substrates and shelf life enhancement on antioxidant crops
Biography
Dr. Sunita Chandel attained degree in BSc. Agriculture from Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvidhalaya, Palampur, India and her post graduate degrees in MSc and Ph.D in Mycology & Plant Pathology in years 1987 & 1991from Dr.Y.S.Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan (H.P). She joined as Assistant Professor in 1992 in Department of Plant Pathology of the same University, and presently working as Professor. She was awarded University Merit Fellowship in B.Sc Agriculture, ICAR Junior Fellowship for Master’s Research, Research fellowship for Ph.D and worked as Research Associate. Selected for Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship (2005-06) programme at University of Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K. and worked under supervision of Steve Woodward. Received SERC Fast track research proposal of DST for Young Scientists in Life Sciences and published 105 research articles in SCI journals of National and International repute
Speaker for plant science 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.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinar 2020 - B N Hazarika
B N Hazarika

Central Agricultural University, India

Biography
Title:
Underutilized wonder plants of North East India and their ethno-medicinal uses
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.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinar 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.
Speaker for plant webinar 2020 - Raj Kumar Joshi
Raj Kumar Joshi

Rama Devi Women’s University, India

Biography
Title:
Engineering defense response in plants through miRNA mediated suppression of regulatory factors
Biography
Raj Kumar Joshi is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Biotechnology, Rama Devi Women’s University, India where he teaches graduate level courses on Plant Genomics and Genetic Engineering. He also serves as the Group Leader of the Plant Functional Genomics Group, and in that capacity he supervises the overall research activities on the functional aspects of molecular plant-microbe interactions. He has been awarded with the prestigious SERB early career grant and SERB extramural grant from the Dept. of Science and technology, Govt. of India and CREST award from Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. Dr. Joshi is currently running a successful programme on the delineation of molecular networks in the interaction between plants and fungal phytopathogens. His recent forays into genome editing and precise base editing towards improvement of these crops has been highly productive.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Sunita Chandel
Sunita Chandel

University of Horticulture and Forestry, India

Biography
Title:
Systemic acquired chemicals (SAR) in managing foliar plant diseases of onion and roses
Biography
Dr. Sunita Chandel studied her BSc Agriculture from Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvidhalaya, Palampur, India and obtained her post graduate degrees in MSc and Ph.D in Mycology & Plant Pathology in years 1987 & 1991from Dr.Y.S.Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan (H.P).She joined as Assistant Professor in 1992 in Department of Plant Pathology of the same University, and presently working as Professor. She was awarded University Merit Fellowship in B.Sc Agriculture, ICAR Junior Fellowship for Master’s Research, Research fellowship for Ph.D and worked as Research Associate. Selected for Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship (2005-06) programme at University of Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K. and worked under supervision of Steve Woodward. Received SERC Fast track research proposal of DST for Young Scientists in Life Sciences and published 105 research articles in SCI journals of National and International repute.
Speaker for Botany webinar 2020 - Tse-Min Lee
Tse-Min Lee

National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

Biography
Title:
Nitric oxide and reactive oxygen species regulation of NADPH oxidase for the high light induction of autophagy in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Biography
Dr. Lee studied Crop Physiology in Department of Agronomy of National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan and graduated as MS in 1984. I then joined the crop physiology stress research group of Prof. Chu at the Institute of Agronomy, National Taiwan University and received my Ph.D degree in 1990. After four-year postdoctoral research on photosynthesis and protease function supervised by Dr Hsieh and Dr. Lin at the Institute of Botany, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, I obtained the position of an Associate Professor at the National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsing, Taiwan, and promoted to Distinguished Professor since 2013. I have published more than 75 research articles in SCI(E) journals.
Speaker for Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Suresha Giriyapura Shivalingamurthy
Suresha Giriyapura Shivalingamurthy

ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, India

Biography
Title:
Invertase inhibitors: A novel target for regulation of sucrose yield and quality in sugarcane
Biography
Dr. Suresha, G.S. studied BSc Agriculture and MSc Agriculture at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India. He did his PhD in Biochemistry at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, during 2005-2009. After working for five years as Scientist at ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute (SBI), Coimbatore, India, he joined sugar team CSIRO, Australia as post-doctoral fellow for two years. He then came back to ICAR-SBI, joined as senior scientist currently working in early career research project awarded by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. He has published more than 35 research papers in national and international journals and conference proceedings.
Speaker at Plant Webinars 2020 - Abdulrazzak A. Jasim
Abdulrazzak A. Jasim

University of Baghdad, Iraq

Biography
Title:
Sunflower yield and weed control affected by mechanical and chemical cultivation and spraying fertilizer using combine equipment
Biography
Prof. PhD. Abdulrazzak Abdullatif Jasim has completed his master degree at the age of 28 years from the University of Nebraska, USA, and his PhD at the age of 49 years from the University of Baghdad. He is the head of farm machinery experts and scientists; he has published more than 184 researches at different scientific journals and conferences, and published 23 patents, and published 4 books as fist author, and has been serving as an editorial board member of several scientific journals as well as a reviewer in also several scientific journals. He is a member in inventers’ society and forum, and several scientific organizations.
GPMB 2020 Virtual  - Monika Seth
Monika Seth

Kurukshetra University, India

Biography
Title:
‘Sedentary Behaviour’ A Concern In Obese Omani Women (Age 30-49 Years): A Cross-Sectional Study
Biography
Mrs. Monika Seth has done her post-graduation in Food & Nutrition from Kurukshetra University, India.  She has 22 year’s experience in weight loss management and therapeutic diets.  Was Head of Department – Diet and Nutrition at Al Raffah hospital, Muscat for 8 years (Feb’ 2011 to Mar’ 2019) with exposure in clinical / therapeutic diets, bariatric & ESG diets, food management & weight loss programs. She has co-authored a book titled “secrets of healthy & disease free living” and conducted many workshops on health related subject. Had a regular column titled “Food Facts” in Thursday Magazine of “Times of Oman” from 2001 – 15 and currently writes for ‘FACES’ magazine.
Speaker for plant webinar 2020 - Ranjeeta Mourya
Ranjeeta Mourya

Indian Veterinary Research Institute, India

Biography
Title:
Assessment of aphrodisiac activity of Bryonia laciniosa and its ameliorative potential against chemically induced reproductive toxicity in male Wistar rats
Biography
Dr. Ranjeeta Mourya completed her graduation and post graduation in Science in 1999 and 2002, respectively from CSJM University, Kanpur, India. Then after she joined Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India for the Ph.D. programme and she was awarded Ph.D.in 2008. She has worked at different Institutes of national repute in various capacities. Recently, she was awarded Women Scientist project from Department of Health Research, ICMR during October, 2016 to Mach, 2020. She has been continuously working in the area of Medicinal Plant Research especially in evaluation of aphrodisiac, pro-fertility activities along with ameliorative/ protective potential of medicinal plants in reproductive toxicity. She has published several research papers in various journals. She has also authored one book on various medicinal uses of weeds.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinar 2020 - Bahadir Torun
Bahadir Torun

Aydin Adnan Menderes University, Turkey

Biography
Title:
Transposon frequency of Botrytis cinerea and their relation to fungicide resistance on strawberries
Biography
Dr. Bahadır Törün studied Biology at the Ege University, Turkey and graduated in 2010. He then completed his masters degree in 2013 at Anadolu University, Eskişehir. He received his PhD degree in 2018 at Aydın Adnan Menderes University. He studied in University of Science and Technology in Poland for six months. After two years of experience in private sector he returned back to reserch, He has published 17 research articles in SCI(E) and other indexed  journals.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Heba Althubaiti
Heba Althubaiti

Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia

Biography
Title:
Examining Saudi Students Perception on snacks healthiness and preferences in Umm AlQura University
Biography
Dr. Heba Althubaitistudied Human Nutritionat Aberdeen University, Scotlandand graduated in Apr 2018, I got my MSCin Nutrition and food science in Nov 2011 from Heriot Watt University, Scotland. I work as AssistantProfessor in Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia. During my PhD I joined the Energetic Group of Prof John Speakman in Aberdeen University (School of biological Science). I have presented two studies during my PhD in two conferences which held by Nutrition Society. I have published 4 research articles and working onmy current project which discuss Saudi students and the academic Staff about their perception on snackpreferences and healthiness.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar 2020 - Owusu Samuel Mensah
Owusu Samuel Mensah

Jinggangshan University, China

Biography
Title:
Sustainable Agricultural growth and Malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa
Biography
Dr. Owusu Samuel Mensah studied Master in Business Administration (MBA-HRM) at the Kwame Nkrumah University in Ghana, 2014. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2018 at Jiangsu University, China and graduated with Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering. He is currently a lecturer and researcher at Jinggangshan University, China and a member of United Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). He is currently embarking on a project in Malnutrition and Poverty in Africa and China.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinars 2020 - Zafar Iqbal
Zafar Iqbal

University of Sargodha, Pakistan

Biography
Title:
Ecofriendly strategies for the management of postharvest disease incursions in Citrus
Biography
Dr. Zafar Iqbal cherishes good memories of early life enjoying studentship and education in the most memorable institutions of the country. Later he completed Ph.D. from Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan and Post Doctorate from Curtin University, Australia. He earned respect, dignity and honour among the students and colleagues alike. He owns many attributes including rich experience of 32 years which is a blended mix of teaching, research, leadership and good governance. He has scooped different prizes and awards from national and international organization. He has 189 publications at his credit. He has delivered keynote lectures in many national and international scientific events.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar - 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
Speaker at Plant Science 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.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinar 2020 - O P Shukla
O P Shukla

J K PAPER LTD, India

Biography
Title:
Genetic improvement in Eucalyptus clones through mutation breeding
Biography
Mr. Om Prakash Shukla studied Master of Science (Genetics) from School of Biological sciences, Bhopal- India in 1982 and completed his State Forest Rangers Course (SFRC) from Forest Rangers College, Jabalpur in 1985. He has started his career with Nepa Limited, Nepanagar under taken of Govt. of India as Officer trainee in 1983 and with vast knowledge and increasing experience he has served various paper companies like Sirpur Paper Mills Ltd, JK Paper Ltd, Rayagada, Ballarpur Industries Ltd, in India and as on date he is designated as Chief General Manager (Raw Material) at JK Paper Ltd, Unit CPM in India. He has attended, presented papers national and international conferences and published various research papers in National and International Journals/books.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar - 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.
Poster Presenter for Plant Biology Webinar 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.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinar 2020 - Dipankar Chakraborti
Dipankar Chakraborti

University of Calcutta, India

Biography
Title:
Plumular meristem transformation methods to develop insect resistant transgenic pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan L.)
Biography
Dr. Dipankar Chakraborti studied Botany at the University of North Bengal, West Bengal, India and graduated as Master of Science in 2000. He then joined the research group of Prof. Sampa Das at the Bose Institute, Kolkata, India. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2008 at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. He joined as postdoctoral fellow in a Carl Trygger Foundation project under the supervision of Prof. Catherine Bellini at the Umea Plant Science Centre, Umea, Sweden. He also worked as a visiting researcher at the INRA, Versailles, France under the supervision of Dr. Sylvie Dinant. After two years postdoctoral fellowship, he obtained the position of an Assistant Professor of Biotechnology at the St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, India, during 2009. He joined as an Associate Professor of Genetics at University of Calcutta, India during October, 2019. He published 25 research articles in peer reviewed journals, several book chapters and articles and has an Indian Patent on mannose binding lectin from Allium sativum leaves.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Walaa Fikry Elbossaty
Walaa Fikry Elbossaty

Damietta university, Egypt

Biography
Title:
Assessment of C. argyrosperma as Antimicrobial Therapy
Biography
Walaa Fikry Elbossaty is PhD post research fellow, Department of chemistry, faculty of science-Damietta; Egypt. She received BSc (chemistry/biochemistry), MSc in biochemistry from Mansoura University and PhD in biochemistry/ molecular biology from Damietta University.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Nabil Elkafrawy
Nabil Elkafrawy

Menofia University, Egypt

Biography
Title:
Antihypertensive efficacy and safety of a standardized herbal medicinal product of Hibiscus sabdariffa and Olea europaea extracts (NW Roselle): A phase-II, randomized, double-blind, captopril-controlled clinical trial
Biography
Will be update soon..
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan

Patuakhali Science and Technology, Bangladesh

Biography
Title:
Prevalence, knowledge, attitude and factors associated with exclusive breastfeeding among mother in Dhaka, Bangladesh: A cross-sectional study
Biography
Will be update soon...
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Francesco Cacciola
Francesco Cacciola

University of Messina, Italy

Biography
Title:
Comprehensive Two-dimensional Liquid Chromatography under Reversed-phase Conditions for Polyphenol analysis in Complex Food and Food-related Products
Biography
Prof. Dr. Francesco Cacciola is Associate Professor of Food Chemistry at the University Messina, Italy. His research interests include the characterization of food bioactive molecules by conventional and innovative liquid chromatography techniques and hyphenation to mass spectrometry. In 2018 he was short-listed in the “Top 40 under 40” The Analytical Scientist “Power list”. He is member of the editorial board of Journal of Essential Oil Research (Taylor&Francis) and Molecules (MDPI). He has published more than 70 research articles in SCI(E) journals.
Speaker for Plant Science virtual 2020 - Wuyeh Drammeh
Wuyeh Drammeh

Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Gambia

Biography
Title:
Utilisation Of The Household Food Insecurity Access Scale  To Assess  Food Insecurity And Its Determinants In Central River Region South, The Gambia
Biography
Mr. Wuyeh Drammeh studied Community Nutrition at the  Universiti Sains Malaysia and graduated as MS in 2020
Speaker for Plant Science Virtual - Maider Zugazua Ganado
Maider Zugazua Ganado

BCCInnovation. 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.
Speaker for Plant Science Webinars - Yechiam Shapira
Yechiam Shapira

Phibro Israel – Aquaculture, Israel

Biography
Title:
The effect of PAQ-TivateTM (organic acids and their salts) as a preservative agent against bacteria and fungi/molds in commercial tilapia feed
Biography
Yechiam Shapira has a master degree (M.Sc.) in fish health and fish genetics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has more than 30 years of experience in fish culture in ponds and in cages in Israel and abroad. Between the years 2006-2010 he was the CEO of Subflex, offshore cages company. At the years 2011-2013 he was the health manager in an offshore cages farm in Campeche, Mexico. Since 2014, Yechiam is working in Phibro, in the aquaculture department. First as the R&D manager, and later as a senior researcher and professional manager for the aquaculture sector in Israel.
Speaker for Plant Science Webinar 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.
Speaker for Plant Science Webinar - Eva Kusnyarik
Eva Kusnyarik

National Food Chain Safety Office, Hungary

Biography
Title:
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons analysis in food
Biography
Ms. Kusnyarik studied Bioengineering and later Chromatography at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary and graduated as MS in 2005 (Bioengineering) and in 2009 (Chromatography). She joined National Food Chain Safety Office in 2005, Hungary, where she has gained experience in several food analytics fields starting with classical analytical tests, various residues, and environmental contaminants through food contact materials examination.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinars 2020 - Elisaveta Mladenova
Elisaveta Mladenova

Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria

Biography
Title:
Identification of lime and rape honeys by using Self-Organizing Maps
Biography
Dr. Mladenova studied Chemistry at the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria and graduated as MS in 2008. She had joined the research group of Prof. Karadjova in the Laboratory of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry in Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy at Sofia University. She received her PhD degree in 2013 at the same institution. In the same year she obtained the position of an Associate Professor in Department of Analytical chemistry in Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy at Sofia University. She has published 5 articles in International scientific journals with IF with more than 140 citations.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinars - Thando Matutu
Thando Matutu

University of South Africa, South Africa

Biography
Title:
Food value-chain development
Biography
Thando Matutu studied Audiovisual Production Management at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa and graduated in 2011. He joined CNBCA Africa and Forbes Africa as a media specialist in 2014. The agricultural journey started in 2014 following a trip to Uganda where he learned about the importance and power of food value-chains. Upon his return to South Africa he took greater interest in the local development of entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector. This focus was important for him as he believed that the agricultural value-chain need both farmers and entrepreneurs to grow the sector. He started his Agripreneur journey with Made with Rural where he managed their public relations, media, marketing and communication. He later ventured into poultry farming in a partnership under the company Unplowed Ground Food Processing. His biggest impact and influence in promoting entrepreneurship in agriculture came through his management and leadership role in Agripreneur SA since 2018. Besides being a media expert and a BA (Audio-visual Production and Management) graduate from the University of Johannesburg, Thando has obtained qualification in Agribusiness Management from UNISA and is currently furthering his studies in Export and Import.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar 2020 - Challa Suresh
Challa Suresh

Senior Deputy Director,National Institute of Nutrition, India

Biography
Title:
Cowpea Isoflavones and Vitamin D role in OPG-RANKL pathway: An Estrogen Dependent in vitro study in MG-63 osteoblasts
Biography
Dr. Suresh Challa obtained his Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati and received Gold Medal for being the first rank holder in the university. He has obtained his Ph.D in Biochemistry from the same university. His research interests include Nutritional Biochemistry and Biochemical Toxicology both in vitro and in vivo models. He is presently serving as a Scientist at National Institute of Nutrition and his research involves in addressing the pathologies associated with Osteoporosis and different therapeutic approaches in combating the disease and studying the intracellular effects of Cowpea isoflavones using both in vitro and in vivo models. Another area of research interest is studying the synergistic toxic effects of environmental heavy metal Lead and amyloid peptides on brain using human brain cells and its protection by different neuroprotective compounds. He has been recognized as PhD research supervisor in several universities in the subjects of Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Nutrition. He is serving as faculty at NIN for different courses and also as Board of studies member at various universities. To his credit he has published more than 50 both national and international journals and participated in more than 25 national and international conferences and delivered research presentations. He is an active member of several professional bodies and societies.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar - Arya Suresh Kumar
Arya Suresh Kumar

Vellore Institute of Technology, India

Biography
Title:
Effect of papain on dough rheology and its potential to reduce sodium metabisulfite usage in food industries
Biography
A B.Tech biotechnologist who is keen on making an impact in the food sector. Interened in one of the top confectionary industry’s in India, Britannia R&D. Worked closely with one of the top economic professors in India at IIM, Kozhikode. Was awarded the Chancellor Acheiver Award for academic excellence and for taking part in National competitions. Was selected among the top 20 teams in India to present a product idea for a competition conducted by Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt of India.
Speaker for Plant Webinars 2020 - Nitin Trivedi
Nitin Trivedi

DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, India

Biography
Title:
Marine Macroalgae: a sustainable bioresource for food and value-added products
Biography
Dr. Trivedi has completed Postgraduation in Microbiology from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India in 2008.  He then joined CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India as Project Fellow in 2009 and completed his Ph.D. degree in Biological Science from AcSIR, New Delhi under the guidance of Dr. CRK Reddy in 2015. Dr. Trivedi received several national and international postdoctoral fellowships like DSKPDF (UGC, India), ARO PDF (Israel), PDF at Dalhousie University (Canada). In 2017, Dr. Trivedi received India’s prestigious DST INSPIRE Faculty award by the DST, New Delhi, India and currently working at DBT-ICT CEB, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India. He is working in the area of Seaweed biotechnology and Microbial biotechnology. Dr. Trivedi published 18 research articles in SCI journals, 4 book chapter/review articles, and 2 patents as lead and co-author.
Speaker for Plant Webinars - Shaikh Tanveer Hossain
Shaikh Tanveer Hossain

Asian Productivity Organization, Japan

Biography
Title:
Consumers' Preferences for Safe and Organic Food during and Post-COVID-19
Biography
Dr. Tanveer is a Program Officer of the Asian Productivity Organization, an intergovernmental organization based in Tokyo. Formerly, he was a Sustainable Agriculture Advisor of Friends In Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB) and Senior Scientist of the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI). Dr. Tanveer holds a PhD in Agriculture from Ehime University, Japan (2008). He was awarded the grand prize of the Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA) by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) in 2011. Currently, he serves as an Ambassador for IFOAM and Asian Local Government for Organic Agriculture (ALGOA) and was previously Vice-President of IFOAM-Asia. He has published around 50 scientific articles.
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Ijaz Rasool Noorka

University of Sargodha, Pakistan

Biography
Title:
Conservation And Exploitation Of Plant Genetic Diversity For Sustainable Food And Agriculture
Biography
Dr. Ijaz Rasool Noorka graduated, post graduated in Plant breeding and Genetics at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, while Post Doctorate in Molecular Biology and Cyto-genetics from University of Leicester, UK. Dr Noorka was honored, to be Coordinator in National and International conferences, and to present Pakistan throughout the World, particularly in FAO (United Nation), Japan, China, Morocco, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, India, Abu Dhabi, Scotland, Saudia, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Italy, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Sudan, Dubai (Thrice), Bangkok, United Kingdom. Dr Noorka has published more than 11 chapters, 150 research articles in leading journals and books and 200 popular articles.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar - Ningning Zhao
Ningning Zhao

The University of Arizona, USA

Biography
Title:
The identification of a novel mechanism underlying the control of Manganese homeostasis
Biography
Ningning Zhao received his Ph.D. in Nutritional Science from the University of Florida. His postdoctoral training at Oregon Health & Science University was focused on molecular cell biology of metal metabolism. The research in his lab has been focused on examining the basic cell biology of membrane proteins involved in metal metabolism and investigating the role of these proteins in human diseases including hereditary hemochromatosis, cancer, and metal-related neurodegeneration.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Dalia El Khoury
Dalia El Khoury

University of Guelph, Canada

Biography
Title:
Can blood levels of apolipoproteins AI and AII serve as early biomarkers for the metabolic syndrome in adults?
Biography
Dr. Dalia El Khoury received a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics (2002) and an MSc in Nutrition (2005) at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Afterward, she completed her PhD in Physiology and Physiopathology at the University of Pierre et Marie Curie, France (2008). Dr. El Khoury then served as a lecturer at the American University of Beirut (2009-2010), and as a postdoctoral fellow and sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto, Canada (2010-2014). Later, she joined an international leading company in infant and child nutrition, Mead Johnson Nutrition, as senior scientist in Global Regulatory and Nutrition Science for approximately two years (2014-2016). Currently, Dr. El Khoury is an assistant professor in the department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph, Canada. One of her lines of research aims at identifying novel biomarkers for the metabolic syndrome both in children and adults.  
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Emanuele Calabro
Emanuele Calabro

University of Messina, Italy

Biography
Title:
Correlation between power level of microwave oven heating and proteins aggregation in bovine meat
Biography
Emanuele Calabrò is Full Professor of Physics at the Technological Technical Institute of Messina (Italy). He received the National Qualifications as University Professor in Applied Physics and in Experimental Physics of Matter. He received the International Prize for Excellence in Research by the Academic Brand Awards-2018. He has published more than 100 refereed papers in ISI journals and monographs.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinar 2020 - Cemil Koyunoglu
Cemil Koyunoğlu

Yalova University, Turkey

Biography
Title:
A Case Study for Verification of "E = mc2": Calculation of Food Shortage
Biography
Cemil Koyunoğlu was one of the main people who established Inonu-Pal accredited fuel-oil laboratory with his willingness after his bachelor's degree graduation. Then, he graduated from his Master's degree position in the same department during his proficiency testing connection between SGS Netherland and Inonu-Pal. After the fuel-oil first accepted as an accredited laboratory. He received as a research assistant in Yalova University Energy System Engineering Department. When he started his doctor of philosophy position in Energy Institute, Istanbul Technical University, in 2011, he was moved his staff position to Istanbul Technical University, Energy Institute, in 2013.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar 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.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual - Lia Correia
Lia Correia

Instituto Universitário Egas Moniz, Portugal

Biography
Title:
Highlighting the need for community nutrition research and intervention: healthy schools for a healthier future
Biography
Dr. Lia Correia, is a Nutritionist, and yield her degree in Nutrition Sciences at Egas Moniz Higher Education School. She had the great opportunity to do her under graduation internship in Maternidade Alfredo da Costa, Lisbon, Portugal, devoted to Paediatric Nutrition. She was integrated in Neonatal Critical Care Unit and in Paediatric Nutrition Consultation. She is Post Graduated in StartUp Research by NOVA University, Lisbon. At this time, she is a junior researcher in Applied Nutrition Studies Group (G.E.N.A.- IUEM) at Egas Moniz Higher Education School and is devoted to Community Nutrition research and Health Promotion.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar 2020 - Aydin Kilic
Aydin Kilic

University of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey

Biography
Title:
The cooking sensitivity of ω-3 fatty acids in fish
Biography
Aydin Kilic is an Assistant Professor at the University of RTE, Faculty of Engineering and Department of Food Engineering in Turkey. He received his Bachelor of Science (1992) in Marine Science from the Karadeniz Technical University in Turkey, Master of Science (1995) in Food Engineering from the Selcuk University in Turkey and PhD (2004) in Food Engineering from the Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. He has been an active Researcher and Supervisor in University of RTE, Faculty of Tourism and Department of Gastronomy and Culinary Arts in Rize- Turkey. His research areas include food process, food quality, safety and food sustainability. He has authored/co-authored papers and book chapters, many journal and conference papers and numerous technical reports. He has chaired many conferences, symposia, workshops and technical meetings.  He is an active member of various international scientific organizations and societies.
Speaker for Botany Webinars 2020 - Gilbert Owiah Sampson
Gilbert Owiah Sampson

University Of Education, Ghana

Biography
Title:
Pasting properties of starch-okra pectin system
Biography
Dr. Gilbert Owiah Sampson studied Food Science and Technology at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and graduated in 2013. He then joined the University of Education, Winneba as a Lecturer in August 2014. He is currently the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Vocational Education
Speaker for Plant Webinar - Mamta Baunthiyal
Mamta Baunthiyal

GB Pant Institute of Engineering and Technology, Ghurdauri, India

Biography
Title:
Exploring Therapeutic potential of Millets in Post-Covid 19
Biography
Dr. Mamta Baunthiyal completed her Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Kurukshetra University, India and PhD in Biotechnology from Banasthali University, Rajasthan, India. She has 25 years of experience of teaching undergraduate and post-graduate classes in Biotechnology. Her research is focused on the environmental biotechnology, food and herbal biotechnology. She has about 50 research articles published in reputed international journals and has authored three books. Besides she has written popular articles for various magazines. Presently she is working as Head and Associate Professor in the department of Biotechnology, GB Pant Institute of Engineering and Technology, Pauri, Uttarakhand, India.
Speaker for Botany Webinar 2020 - S. M. Rezaul Karim
S. M. Rezaul Karim

Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Malaysia

Biography
Title:
Year-round vegetable production by hydroponic farming to ensure nutrition food security during covid-19 pandemic
Biography
S. M. Rezaul Karim is a Professor of Agronomy, has teaching and research experience for 35 years at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), and Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK). He is a Weed Scientist, has innovated the killer weed, Parthenium hysterophorus in Malaysia in 2013. He has secured the 2015ITEX Silver Award in 2015, and the Best Research Award at UMK in 2017 for his research achievements. Prof. Karim did his M.Sc. Ag. (Agronomy) in 1981 from BAU, M.Phil in 1991 from University of Reading, UK and PhD from University of Aberdeen, UK in 2000. He has published 100 scientific articles, three book chapters and five books in Weed Science.
Speaker for Botany Webinar - Mubarakat Iyabode Alabede
Mubarakat Iyabode Alabede

Kwara State University, Nigeria

Biography
Title:
Assessment of Impact of National Home Grown School Feeding Programme on The Academic Performance Of Pupils In Selected Primary Schools, Orire Local Government, Oyo State, Nigeria
Biography
Mrs. Mubarakat studied Microbiology at Al-hikma University Ilorin Kwara State, Nigeria and graduated with a second class upper division in 2013.She had her M.sc in Environmental health science with a specialization of food hygiene safety and quality assurance at Kwara State University in 2017 and graduated with distinction.  During her M.sc she joined the Environmental Health Association of Nigeria (EHOAN) and Project Management Professional Institute (PMPI). She is currently working at Kwara State University as a lecturer in the department of  Environmental health science. She is also rounding up her PhD in Environmental Health Science with food hygiene safety and quality assurance as her specialization at the same University. She has published some research articles in various journals.)
Speaker at Plant Biology Webinar 2020 - Pavel Mucaji
Pavel Mucaji

Comenius University, Slovak Republic

Biography
Title:
Flower Infusions from Cornus mas and Cornus kousa Inhibit Aldose Reductase Enzyme
Biography
Dr. Mučaji studied Pharmacy at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia and graduated as MS in 1993. He received his PhD degree in Pharmacognosy in 1997 at the same institution. In 2004 he obtained the position of an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Comenius University and in 2013 position of Professor. He has published more than 60 research articles in SCI(E) journals with around 700 citations. His field of interest is Pharmacognosy, separation and identification of natural compounds, extracts standardization and evaluation of biological activity of natural compounds.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar 2020 - Huang Wei Ling
Huang Wei Ling

Medical Acupuncture and Pain Management Clinic, Brazil

Biography
Title:
1) Is There Any Correlation Between the Ingestion of Some Kinds of Foods and Headache? 2) How to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Using Foods as the Main Tools?
Biography
Huang Wei Ling, born in Taiwan, raised and graduated in medicine in Brazil, specialist in infectious and parasitic diseases, General Practitioner and Parenteral and Enteral Medical Nutrition Therapist. Once in charge of the Hospital Infection Control Service of the City of Franca’s General Hospital, she was responsible for the control of all prescribed antimicrobial medication and received an award for the best paper presented at the Brazilian Hospital Infection Control Congress (1998). Since 1997, she works with the approach and treatment of all chronic diseases in a holistic way, with treatment guided through teachings of traditional Chinese medicine and Hippocrates.
Speaker for Plant Biology Virtual 2020 - Hipolyana Oliveira
Hipolyana Oliveira

State Technical School of Palmares, Brazil

Biography
Title:
Seed Treatment in a Controlled Environment
Biography
MSc. Hipolyana Simone de Oliveira Alves, studied Agronomy at the Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil (2008) and graduated Master in 2018 and Specialist in Rural Extension in 2016, at the same University. Today she teaches in the Agricultural Technician course at Palmares State Technical School, where she works as a Researcher. For UNITOLEDO in partnership with FGV is MBA in People Management and for Uninassau undergraduate in Pedagogy. She is an Agricultural Consultant at the Qualified Producers Cooperative and collaborates as a Reviewer at the Journal of Applied Life Science International.
Speaker at Plant Biology Virtual 2020 - Koffi Koudouvo
Koffi Koudouvo

University of Lomé, Togo

Biography
Title:
Natural and biological feed: sources of guarantied both nutritional security and human health welfare in sub-Saharan Africa
Biography
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Speaker at Plant Biology Virtual 2020 - B N Hazarika
B N Hazarika

Central Agricultural University, India

Biography
Title:
Genetic Diversity of Horticultural Crops in Arunachal Pradesh and Their Role in Nutritional Security
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.
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