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

Plant Biology Virtual 2020

Theme: A drive to thrive plant sciences
Speakers / 2nd Edition Speakers
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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 - 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 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 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 - 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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
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