Global Status of Biotech Crops and the Oceanian Biotech Perspective

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Join us for an in-depth discussion on the global status of biotech crops, and the approach to research, farming challenges and future directions from an Oceanian perspective.

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Date:
Thursday 11 March 2021 04:00 pm until Thursday 11 March 2021 05:30 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
La Trobe Institute for Food and Agriculture
LIAF@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
Professor Tony Bacic (Director, LIAF, and Moderator), Dr Paul Teng (Chair, ISAAA), Professor Jim (Research Director, LIAF), Mr David Jochinke (Australian Farmer and Vice President, National Farmers Federation), Professor Marilyn Anderson (Industry Engagement Director, LIAF)
Type of Event:
Community Event; Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training
Cost:
Free

Join us to hear an in-depth discussion on the global status of biotech crops, and the approach to research, farming challenges and future directions from an Oceanian perspective.

Hear from experts from the La Trobe Institute for Agriculture and Food, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), and Australian farming. Audience members will also have an opportunity to direct their questions during the panel discussion

View the webinar poster [PDF 1.1 MB].

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Speakers

Professor Tony Bacic
Director, La Trobe Institute for Agriculture and Food

Professor Tony Bacic is Director of the La Trobe Institute for Agriculture and Food (LIAF), La Trobe University, and the Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub for Medicinal Agriculture. He is a current board member of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility and the Gene Technology Access Centre. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, a James Cook University Outstanding Alumnus (2010) and a La Trobe University Distinguished Alumnus (2013).

Internationally recognised as a leader in plant biotechnology, his research is focused on the structure, function and biosynthesis of plant cell walls and their biotechnological application, medicinal agriculture, as well as the application of functional genomics tools in biological systems.

Professor Jim Whelan
Research Director, La Trobe Institute for Agriculture and Food

With a background in AgriBiosciences, Professor Whelan's expertise in the field is evidenced by close to 250 papers in high-impact journals over a career that spans 25 years focusing on mitochondrial function and mitochondrial signalling of plant’s energy and stress status.

Professor Whelan is La Trobe’s Theme Lead for the production of quality foods and medicines, Research Director of the La Trobe Institute for Agriculture and Food, Research Director for the ARC Research Hub for Medicinal Agriculture and Chief Investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology. In 2019, he was elected as a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Science.

Professor Marilyn Anderson
Director, Industry Engagement, La Trobe Institute for Agriculture and Food

Professor Anderson has over 40 years’ experience in scientific research in the area of plant biochemistry and genetics. She holds the positions of Professor of Biochemistry at La Trobe University, and Chief Science Officer and Director at Hexima, a biotechnology company, of which she was a founding scientist, and which is actively engaged in the research and development of plant-derived proteins and peptides for applications as human therapeutics.

Professor Anderson is a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council’s Industry Transformation Research Hub for Medicinal Agriculture and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Jochinke
Vice President, National Farmers Federation

Mr Jochinke is Vice President of the National Farmers Federation (NFF), and former President of the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF).

Mr Jochinke is a third-generation grain and livestock farmer who operates a family property at Murra Warra in north west Victoria. He studied a Diploma of Applied Science and has been awarded scholarships from Nuffield Australia and the Australian Rural Leadership Program. Mr Jochinke advocates for the enhanced awareness and confidence in the farm sector and the growth of the national, economic, social and environmental value of the industry.

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