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Keynote Speakers

Didier ANDRIVON

Didier ANDRIVON

Research Director/ senior plant pathologist, INRA, France

Philippe BARET

Philippe BARET

Professor, Université de Louvain, Belgium

Marc DE FERRIERE LE VAYER

Marc DE FERRIERE LE VAYER

Professor, François-Rabelais University, Tours - FRANCE

Timothy GEORGE

Timothy GEORGE

Rhizosphere Scientist, The James Hutton Institute, Dundee - UNITED-KINGDOM

Corné KEMPENAAR

Corné KEMPENAAR

Senior Scientist Precision Agriculture, Wageningen Universtiy and Research, Wageningen - THE NETHERLANDS

Teresa MOSQUERA

Teresa MOSQUERA

Teach genetics and molecular breeding and conduct research, National University of Colombia, COLOMBIA

Bernard QUERE

Bernard QUERE

Director, FN3PT / RD3PT / France Obtention, FRANCE

Peter ROGOWSKY

Peter ROGOWSKY

Senior Researcher (INRA) on Reproduction and Plant Development – Coordinator of Genius project, ENS de Lyon, FRANCE

Elmar SCHULTE-GELDERMANN

Elmar SCHULTE-GELDERMANN

Leader of CIP’s Seed Potato for Africa Program, CIP, KENYA

Tony SLATER

Tony SLATER

Research Leader, Molecular Plant Breeding, Agriculture Victoria, AUSTRALIA

Nicolas SZYDLOWSKI

Nicolas SZYDLOWSKI

Research Scientist, University of Lille, FRANCE

Nathalie VERJUX

Nathalie VERJUX

Head of Department on Integrated Crop Protection, ARVALIS-Institut du végétal, FRANCE

Robert VERNON

Robert VERNON

Research Scientist (Entomologist), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, CANADA

Didier ANDRIVON Didier ANDRIVON

Keynote lecture

Scientific advances of the conference

 

Friday 14th July 2017 - 11:20 - 11:50

 

Biography

Dr Didier Andrivon is a senior plant pathologist ats INRA. His research interests over the years  deal with the population biology and evolution of plant pathogens (especially biotrophs, such as powdery mildew agents  or the potato late blight pathogen Phytophthora infestans),  plant resistance durability and management, and IPM strategies combining different types of plant resistance. He is the author or co-author of 85 papers listed in the Web of Science (1987-2016; h=24), 9 book chapters and 10 invited conferences in international congresses or symposia.

Dr Andrivon participated in or led numerous international projects, dealing in particular with late blight epidemiology, biology and control, in both organic and conventional production systems. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Plant pathology since 1996, and served as an associate Editor for Phytopathology (1999-2001) and as a referee for many ecology, plant pathology and general scientific journals.

Philippe BARET Philippe BARET

Keynote lecture

Acceptance of innovation

 

Friday 14th July 2017 - 10:50 - 11:20

 

Biography

Prof. Philippe Baret is a tropical agriculture bioengineer, PhD in quantitative genetics (1995) and full-time professor at the Université de Louvain (1997-now). From September 2017, he has been appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Bioengineering – Agro-Louvain. 

He lectures on genetics, systems analysis and agroecology. His research group is working on genetic diversity, processes of innovation in small food systems in European and African contexts. He published more than 55 international peer reviewed publications and acts as expert for the Belgian, French, European and African institutions.

Interested in processes of innovation, he published seminal papers on the concepts of lock-ins to transition and imbalance between innovation pathways.

Marc DE FERRIERE LE VAYER Marc DE FERRIERE LE VAYER

Keynote lecture

The potato: a long history to fit our contemporary world

 

Monday 10th July 2017 - 09:30 - 10:00

 

Biography

As an Historian, I am a specialist of technical history and the history of innovation. Since 2004, I work on Food Studies in two ways. First of all on food as heritage as I was chair holder of a Unesco Chair on Food Heritage between 2011 and 2015.  I study also the story of food products, Corn, Sugar, Potatoes from the farm to the fork with focus on variety creation, on industrial transformation and on the way they are adopted or not by consumers.

Timothy GEORGE Timothy GEORGE

Keynote lecture

Climate change and impact on the crop. Tolerance to abiotic stresses (water, salt, temperature) and water management

 

Monday 10th July 2017 - 11:00 - 11:30

 

Biography

Timothy George is a research leader at the James Hutton institute. he has held fellowships through the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Marie Curie schemes and has had post-doctoral experience at CSIRO in Australia. he is specifically interested in understanding the physiology of and genetic controls on plant responses to nutrient deficiency and drought. He has specific expertise in understanding how the external environment mitigates plant physiological and genetic responses to a lack of phosphorus and water in the rhizosphere. He has demonstrated significant genetic variation in the rooting characteristics within and between cultivated potatoes species grown in the controlled conditions and the field and has demonstrated that these characteristics are related to the ability of potato to acquire nutrients and water under field conditions. This understanding gives us the opportunity to identify the genetic control of these traits and develop better potato genotypes for future climate scenarios.

Corné KEMPENAAR Corné KEMPENAAR

Keynote lecture

Producing differently: managing the crop increasingly close (precision farming, DSS …), more and more accurate sensors and machines …

 

Tuesday 11th July 2017 - 08:30 - 09:00

 

Biography

Corné Kempenaar studied plant pathology (MSc) at Wageningen University and did a PhD on biological weed control at the same University. He worked most of his life in agricultural research institutes and departments of Wageningen University and Research (WUR), in fundamental, strategic and applied research projects. His first projects aimed at improving pest and weed control in arable crops. In this work, he used sensors and models for prediction of crop responses to specific conditions or treatments. Since 2000, with the dawn of precision farming, he more and more worked on projects in which decision support for precision crop management were developed and tested. Examples are found on www.precisielandbouw.eu, ranging from satellite based task maps for potato haulm killing to autonomous precision sprayers in strawberry crops. Since 2005 Kempenaar some of his projects focus on knowledge transfer on sustainable potato production to emerging countries, like China and India, but also developing countries like Ethiopia. Since 2012 Kempenaar works part time as associate professor Precision Agriculture at an Agricultural College in the Netherlands, next to his research position at WUR.

Teresa MOSQUERA Teresa MOSQUERA

Keynote lecture

Breeding differently - The participative selection – example in Colombia

 

Thursday 13th July 2017 - 09:30 - 10:00

 

Biography

Teresa Mosquera is from Colombia. She carried out undergraduate studies in biology, and graduate studies in genetics and plant breeding, obtaining her Doctoral degree from the National University of Colombia in collaboration with Max Planck Institute in Germany. At present, she holds a full Professorship at the National University of Colombia, Faculty of Agricultural Science, where she is the leader of scaling-up potato breeding projects aiming at improving the nutritional status of Colombian people. Her research strategies feature participative selection and adoption by farmers and consumers, with the view of promoting nutrition-sensitive agriculture and the development of new potato technologies. To that end, she focuses on education and food security with high impact on public policies.

Bernard QUERE Bernard QUERE

Keynote lecture

Seeds for the Future: the challenges for potato

 

Tuesday 11th July 2017 - 10:00 - 10:30

 

Biography

Potato crop in my genes!Son of seed potato grower, my life has been dedicated to this tuber. After a strong field experience in the family farm, I flew away to different countries to discover people and potatoes. I participated in many potato development projects in Mascarene Islands, in West of Africa, in North of Africa and Middle East with the partnership of the French Federation of Seed Potato Growers (FN3PT) and its regional organisations (Bretagne Plants, Comité Nord, Comité Centre et Sud). After being SOC inspector for seed potato in France and being Arabic speaking, I spent 9 years in Egypt to establish a local seed potato production and a national seed potato certification scheme. Since 2008, I am the director of France Obtention which is the International Department of the FN3PT to support French seed potato export. Then, in 2013, I became the director of the FN3PT and RD3PT (Recherche, Development et Promotion du Plant de Pomme de Terre) which is the subsidiary in charge of research and development. 

Peter ROGOWSKY Peter ROGOWSKY

Keynote lecture

CRISPR-CAS9 technology in plant science

 

Thursday 13th July 2017 - 09:00 - 09:30

 

Biography

Peter Rogowsky obtained his PhD in bacterial genetics in 1985 in Regensburg (Germany). During his postdoctoral studies in Davis (USA), Adelaide (Australia) and Toulouse (France) he shifted his interests via plant-pathogen interactions to plant genetics. In 1993 he joined INRA in Lyon (France) and started his present research activity in functional genomics of maize kernel development. He is the coordinator of the national French project GENIUS (2012-2019), in which 10 public and 4 private labs joined forces to implement CRISPR-Cas9 technology in crop species.

Elmar SCHULTE-GELDERMANN Elmar SCHULTE-GELDERMANN

Keynote lecture

Potato research in Africa to improve farmers livelihoods.- Priorities in crop improvement , seed system, crop management, nutritional value, policies and marketing

 

Monday 10th July 2017 - 12:00 - 12:30

 

Biography

Dr. Elmar Schulte-Geldermann is the Leader of CIP’s Seed Potato for Africa Program, based at the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) regional office in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a PhD in Agronomy from the Faculty of Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Systems at Kassel University, Germany. He joined CIP-SSA in April 2009 as an integrated crop management specialist, supported by the Integrated Expert Program of the Center for International Migration and Development (CIM) Germany. In August 2012, he assumed responsibility for the implementation of CIP’s potato research portfolio in SSA.Elmar’s recent research has concentrated on integrated crop management, especially disease control strategies for potato late blight and bacterial wilt, and soil fertility management in potato and sweetpotato based cropping systems. Another strong focus of his work in recent years has been the improvement of potato seed systems and seed quality in SSA. He has conducted research on rapid multiplication seed potato technologies such as aeroponics and hydroponics. He is involved in the backstopping of private and public sector potato seed multipliers at all levels of multiplication and has conducted research on low cost, on-farm seed quality maintenance technologies such as positive selection, small seed plot technology, and net tunnel technology to produce healthy sweetpotato, among others. He is also involved and the selection and evaluation of potato breeding lines. He is leading regional projects related to the above-mentioned topics in eight Eastern and Central African countries.

Tony SLATER Tony SLATER

Keynote lecture

Breeding differently - The digital revolution: high throughput phenotyping and genotyping

 

Thursday 13th July 2017 - 08:30 - 09:00

 

Biography

Tony has a Masters in plant reproductive biology and a PhD in breeding and genetics. He has over 30 years’ experience in botanical and agricultural research in agricultural crops including potatoes, grains and the Australian flora. He is currently the Research Leader of the Molecular Plant Breeding group within Agriculture Victoria. This group focuses on pre-breeding and breeding activities in grains, forages and horticulture. Major project include the Australian Grains Genebank, gene discovery in canola, pulses and wheat, the development and application of high-throughput phenomics in forages and grains, and the breeding of pulses, forages and potatoes.He has managed a potato breeding program and conducted research that required a strong understanding of potato breeding techniques, trait screening and genetics, the application of marker-assisted selection and quantitative genetic analysis. He has liaised extensively with a range of stakeholders including funding bodies, industry associations, investing companies and individual industry members. He has published the results of his research extensively in scientific and industry publications.

Nicolas SZYDLOWSKI Nicolas SZYDLOWSKI

Keynote lecture

Potato: a multi-faceted product - Segmentation markets and added value: Non-food Usages

 

Tuesday 11th July 2017 - 09:30 - 10:00

 

Biography

After graduating in metabolic biochemistry from the University of Lille, France, I performed doctoral studies on starch metabolism by using reverse genetic approaches. I then joined the University of Geneva, Switzerland, for a 5-years post-doctoral period dedicated to vitamin biosynthesis and homeostasis in plants. In 2014, I obtained a grant from the French national research agency to set up a group at the University of Lille and developed a phenotyping project on potato starch structure and morphology related to downstream applications for starch based materials. My research is currently focused on miniaturizing methods to study starch structure and composition at different levels including the single granule. For example, our group recently developed a sensitive method for phosphate determination in starch with a high-throughput. Correlation analysis of these large phenotypic datasets allow us to open new perspectives in potato starch research.

Nathalie VERJUX Nathalie VERJUX

Tuesday 11th July 2017 - 09:00 - 09:30

 

Biography

As agronomist (AgroParisTEch) with a master of strategic management obtained at Institut français de Gestion (2007), she was involved during the first years of her carrier in the elaboration of good agricultural practices schemes for main crops, including potatoes, in relation with the actors of the different professional and inter-professional French agricultural organisations. She is now the Head of Department on Integrated Crop Protection at ARVALIS – Institut du vegetal. She also acts with official mandates on the French National Plan “Ecophyto” with the strategy to develop ways to reduce the use of phytosanitary products and their impact on environment (indicators, scientific committee for research…). She is involved in addition into the technical working group on minor uses. She is member of the directive board of AFPP (French Plant Protection Association). ARVALIS –Institut du vegetal is the major applied French research Institute for main crops, founded by growers and stakeholders of the different product branches (cereal, maize, sorghum, potatoes, flax, tobacco, forage).

Robert VERNON Robert VERNON

Keynote lecture

Which is the consequence on the potato crop of the evolution of the production environment (climate change, regulatory and trade globalization …)  example of emerging pests: emergence factors, characteristic examples, development simulations (mapping)…

 

Monday 10th July 2017 - 11:30 - 12:00

 

Biography

Dr. Robert (Bob) Vernon is an Entomologist whose specialty is in the development of integrated pest management (IPM) programs for insects of vegetable, field and small fruit crops. He has been employed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) since 1981, and is presently at the Agassiz Research and Development Centre in Agassiz, British Columbia. He received his Master of Pest Management and Ph.D. degrees from Simon Fraser University in 1979, and prior to working for AAFC, started the first privately owned and grower funded IPM consulting company for potatoes and other vegetable crops in Western Canada. He has studied and developed various IPM tools and management strategies for thrips, root maggots, Colorado potato beetles, aphids, wireworms and tuber flea beetles. He has primarily devoted the past 10 years to the development of IPM programs for wireworms attacking potatoes, cereals and other crops, and is considered a world leader in the biology and management of these pests.