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1st Asia-Pacific Plant Phenotyping Conference

20-21 October, 2016, Beijing, China

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers (In alphabetical order)

Prof. Thomas ALTMANN, Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung, Germany

Prof. Altmann is heading the Department of Molecular Genetics at IPK Gatersleben. He has implemented several high-throughput plant phenotyping platforms. He and his group investigate the functioning of genes and processes which control vegetative growth and heterosis effects in major crops.

Before his position at IPK, Prof. Thomas Altmann headed a group at the Max Planck Institute in Golm, where he was working in the field of functional genetics. With methods like gene expression profiling and different Omics approaches he studied metabolism in Arabidopsis and its underlying genes.

DPPN Coordinator at IPK. Shoot, Root Phenotyping, CHL Fluo, 3D, environmental/soil monitoring; Molecular Genetics/Heterosis.

 

Dr. Jana KHOLOVA, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, India

Dr. Jana Kholová is principal scientist at ICRISAT. Together with her group she has developed a pipeline of interdisciplinary capacities/tools/techniques to justify and employ the trait based breeding pipeline for crops production improvement in semi arid tropics agro-ecologies. The current status of pipeline development will be the focus of her presentation; i) the core knowledge of drought adaptations (e.g. canopy development, structure, conductivity), ii) suitable technology enabling high-throughput-phenotyping for particular drought adaptations iii) linkage of drought adaptations mechanisms to crop production (phenotyping pipeline outputs up-to-date), iv) knowledge of adaptive traits genetics (QTL co-localization across phenotyping systems), v)  use of crop models to predict the trait value for particular ExM context vi) linkage to socio-economics of the region.

 

 Prof. Menachem MOSHELION, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Menachem Moshelion is a molecular physiologist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His research interests are in the fields of molecular and cellular mechanisms controlling whole-plant water-use efficiency, leaf water-status homeostasis and crop productivity, under normal and abiotic stress conditions. 

His major research projects are: 1) The role of Solanaceae aquaporins in improving plant vigour, abiotic stress tolerance and yield production. 2) Developing a high-throughput, physiological phenotypic screening system for the whole plant. 3) Development of quantitative criteria to screen forest trees seedlings regarding their tolerance to water deficiency and water-use efficiency and 4) The role of C3 bundlesheath cells as the plant's first line of defence against embolisms and as a sensor for stress-induced ABA.

 

 Prof. Seishi NINOMIYA, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Professor Seishi Ninomiya was born in Tokyo. He received BAg from the Faculty of Agriculture, the University of Tokyo and MAg and PhD from the Graduate School of Agriculture, the University of Tokyo. 

His original major was applied plant genetics and plant breeding and, after he was appointed as an assistant professor of the Laboratory of Biometrics in the same university, he initiated a new research filed to combine agricultural science and computer science. 

In 1991, he moved to National Institute of Agro-Environmental Sciences, MAFF located in Tsukuba-city of Japan. Since then, he has been leading several national research projects on ICT for agriculture. 

He was one of the core members when the Department of Information Science and Technology was founded in National Agricultural and Food Research Organization and became the director. 

In 2010, he came back to the University of Tokyo when the Institute of Sustainable Agro-ecosystem Services was initiated.

 

Dr. Xavier SIRAULT, CSIRO, Australia

Director of High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre(HRPPC) at CSIRO, Australia. Vice Chair of International Plant Phenotyping Network(IPPN). 

As director of the High Resolution Plant Phenomics Center, I am responsible for providing a high-quality, operational research infrastructure facilities to the Australian Research community to support collaboration between the research sector, industry and government in Australia. 

As a research scientist, my work aims at unraveling the factors that regulate and limit photosynthesis in crop plants using advanced imaging technology, image analysis, computer vision methods and eco-physiological modelling approaches.

 

 

 Prof. Lizhong XIONG, Huazhong Agricultural University, China

Prof. Xiong is the group leader of stress biology at the National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, China. He obtained his PhD on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1999 at the Huazhong Agricultural University, where he worked since 2002, when he returned to China after three years’ postdoctoral experience in United States. Current research interests are focused on discovering novel genes for stress resistance of rice with focus on drought resistance by integrating genomics and phonemics approaches, characterizing key regulators in stress tolerance, and improving drought resistance and /or water use efficiency of rice. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed corresponding- or first-author papers in SCI journals such as Annual Review Plant Biol, Nature Communications, Plant Cell, PNAS, Plant J, and Plant Physiol. Major honors he has received include 'Yangze River' Scholarship Professor,  Excellent Young Scholar of National Science Foundation of China and Award of Young Scientist of China.  

 

 

Dr. Yunbi XU, Institute of Crop Science, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and CIMMYT, China

Dr. Yunbi Xu is a research professor, Institute of Crop Science, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and maize molecular breeder/senior scientist at CIMMYT China. He was a postdoctorial scientist and research associate at Cornell University, rice molecular breeder at RiceTec, Inc., senior scientist/maize molecular breeder and the head of Applied Biotechnology Center, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico.  He serves as editorial board member for several international journals including Theoretical and Applied Genetics, Molecular Breeding, International Journal of Plant Genomics, Journal of Integrative Agriculture and Crop Journal. He has published over 150 articles in top academic journals including Science, Nature Genetics and PNAS, with a total of over 7500 Google citations and H index of 36. He published two books, Molecular Quantitative Genetics (China Agriculture Press, 1995) and Molecular Plant Breeding (CABI, 2010). He is leading a group with researches focused on the development of  techniques, tools and methodologies of molecular breeding and their applications in maize genetics and breeding for abiotic and biotic stress tolerance.  He recently proposed a concept of envirotyping, which provides technologies and approaches for deciphering environmental factors and their impacts on crop plants. Envirotyping, along with genotyping and phenotyping, will become three major technologies that provide supports to high-efficient plant breeding and crop production.  

    

Prof. Chunyi ZHANG, Biotechnology Research Institute, CAAS, China  

Chunyi Zhang, as a professor specific in plant metabolism, is the deputy director general of Biotechnology Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, P. R. China. He is also the deputy director of key laboratory in agricultural genomics organized by the Ministry of Agricultural, and HarvestPlus-China.  

Professor Zhang is responsible for the organization and coordination with multidisciplinary research teams working in more than 30 scientific research institutes and universities in HarvestPlus-China. They carry out lots of scientific work for the Chinese population, especially for the poor lack of micronutrient, and get a broad impact on society. 

As a research group leader, he focuses on seed development in maize and Arabidopsis, crop hybrid vigor, metabolic networks of folates , folate-involved pathways and phenomics. He has been the leader of nine national projects since 2004, including the "973 Program", "National science foundation of China", " Genetically modified organisms breeding major projects ". The research on the relationship between folate metabolism and nitrogen metabolism has filled the gap of the basic theory study of plant folate metabolism in China. His team established a high throughput maize phenomics and data analysis platform with Scanalyzer 3D system and a set of data detection and analysis standardization process of crop phenotype.

   
   

 

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