Dr. Ravi Khetarpal, Executive Secretary, APAARI 4th Floor, FAO Annex Building 202/1 Larn Luang Road, Klong Mahanak Sub-District Pomprab Sattrupai District, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
Dr Ravi Khetarpal is the Executive Secretary of Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions based at Bangkok, Thailand since 2017. He was the Regional Advisor on Strategic Science Partnerships with CABI South Asia (India) where he worked as Regional Director for from 2010 – 2017. He deals with science and policy-based projects on research, development and knowledge management. He has served National Agricultural System in India for three decades. He holds PhD in Life Sciences (Virology) from University of Paris, France and was a visiting Scientist in an EU Collaborative project for three years. His areas of interest include research, development, policy issues and capacity building in the field of biosecurity, biosafety, social sciences, higher agricultural education system and agricultural innovations. He has worked as Consultant of twelve FAO/World Bank Projects notably in Indonesia, India, Nepal, Mauritius and Cambodia. He also served as a Developing Country SPS Expert (from Asia) in STDF/WTO Committee He has to his credit 114 research papers, 19 Books (including Plant Virus Disease Control from APS Press, USA), 56 Book Chapters, 12 Review Articles and 3 policy papers. He is the Founder President of Crop Protection Federation in India and has served in various capacities in professional societies of agriculture and environment.
INRA – UMR AGIR – Centre INRA Toulouse-Occitanie CS52627 – 31326-Castanet-Tolosan cedex – France
Assessing the global burden of pathogens and pests on major food crops
Serge Savary is a plant pathologist with INRA, France, with a specialisation in field epidemiology and systems analysis. His interests focus on the dynamic linkages between crop health and production situations, including the climate, agronomic, and socio-economic contexts of agricultural production, and their implication for sustainable crop health management. He has worked in different parts of the world (in France, West Africa, Central America, South-East and South Asia) with different national and international institutions. His research addresses plant disease epidemiology and IPM in vegetables, legumes, and cassava (West Africa), complex system management (Central America), epidemiology and disease management in wheat and grapevine (France), and management of rice health (tropical Asia). He is involved in international research and education networks in plant health, along with colleagues in France, in India (GB Pant University), and in the USA (UC Davis, PennState). Since January, 2019, he is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Food Security.
Plant Breeding Institute, The University of Sydney, Australia
Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future: adventures in plant disease resistance genetics
Professor Park completed a PhD in plant pathology at La Trobe University in 1984. Since then he has researched the pathology and genetics of cereal rust diseases. He holds the Judith & David Coffey Chair of Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Sydney and is Director of the Australian Cereal Rust Control Program. This program had huge impact on agricultural production globally; in Australia alone, it conservatively returns some $600 million to the economy each year.
In 1995, Professor Park was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt research award, and in 2010 a Fulbright Scholarship. His work has been recognized by awards such as the Friendship Award of China (2009), the NSW Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Biological Sciences (2013), the Clarke Medal (2015), the Poggendorf Medal (2018). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2015), and of the Royal Society of New South Wales (2019)
He has worked extensively in international agriculture and has published two books, written 11 book chapters and more than 160 research papers.
Trichoderma the most powerful Arsenal for Plant Disease Management
Prof. A.N. Munkopadhyay (Amar Nath Mukhopadhyay) was born on March 12, 1940 at Katwa, West Bengal. He joined Banaras Hindu University and obtained his B.Sc. (Ag.), M.Sc. (Ag.) and Ph.D. degrees in the years 1960, 1962 and 1967, respectively. He stood first in the M.Sc. (Ag.) examination. Prof. Mukhopadhyay started his professional career as Instructor in Plant Pathology at BHU in 1962 and later joined the Department of Plant Pathology at GBPUA&T, Pantnagar in 1967 as Assistant Professor. He became Associate Professor in 1971. He was invited by the University of New Castle Upon Tyne, UK as a visiting Professor in 1977 under Commonwealth Academic Fellowship. He became Professor and Head, Plant Pathology at Gujarat Agricultural University in 1982 and later joined back the GBPUA&T as Professor and Head, Plant Pathology in 1984. Prof. Mukhopadhyay served as Dean, College of Agriculture at GBPUA&T from 1992 to 1997. In 1997, he was appointed as Vice-Chancellor, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat. He took up another assignment as Director General, Tea Research Association in 2000. Currently, Prof. Mukhopadhyay is Honorary Director, Biopesticide Division of Super Agro India Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata.
He has been actively involved in teaching and research for the last 4 decades. He has guided 15 Ph.D. and 20 M.Sc. students. He organized two Summer Institutes during 1993 and 1994 as Director. He has published more than 130 research papers in journals of national and international repute. Prof. Mukhopadhyay has to his credit eight books on Plant Pathology published by internationally renowned publishers like CRC Press Inc., USA and Prentice Hall, USA.
In view of his outstanding contributions, various awards and honours were conferred on him. Prof. Mukhopadhyay is the recipient of the Professor M.J. Narashimhan Academic Award (1972) and Professor M.S. Pavgi Award (1990). He was invited to present his research work and chair sessions at several international meets in countries like USA, UK, Canada, France, Singapore, Hongkong, Italy, Malaysia, Philippines, Switzerland and Thailand. He has held several prestigious positions like Editor-in¬Chief, Indian Journal of Mycology and Plant Pathology (1984-86), President of the Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology (1986-87), President of Indian Phytopathological Society (1996) and President of Agriculture Section of the Indian Science Congress (1996). WHO, Geneva and Federation of American Scientists, USA elected him as a Member of the Working Group on Emerging Plant Diseases in 1993 in Geneva. National Academy of Agriculture Sciences honoured him by electing as a Fellow in 1995. The Academy honoured Prof. Mukhopadhyay by electing as a member of the Executive Council for the years 2000-2003 and 2010-2012 also. Accolades and honours continue to be showered upon Prof. Mukhopadhyay. The more recent being distinguished Alumini Award of BHU, 2008, Lifetime Achievement Award 2008 of Agricultural and Horticultural Development Society, Dr. N. Prasad Memorial Lecture Award of ISMPP 2009 and coveted Lifetime Achievement Award of GBPUA&T and Uttarakhand CST 2009. Prof. Mukhopadhyay was conferred on the lifetime Achievement Award 2012 of ISMPP for his outstanding contribution during the last 4 decades.
Prof. A.N. Mukhopadhyay was honoured with A.P. Misra Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 by the Indian Phytopathological Society. In 2017, he has been awarded D.Sc. (h.c.) by North Bengal Agricultural University and Dr. K.C. Mehta Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribution in Plant Protection conferred by National Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
Advanced Centre for Plant Virology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, INDIA
Prof. Varma has made important contributions to fundamental and applied aspects of plant virology, which are widely quoted and acclaimed. He has established a strong school of molecular virology in the country, which has provided lead to the understanding of the complexities of the devastating diseases caused by begomo, ilar, poty and tospoviruses in horticultural and field crops. Prof. Varma’s researches have played a key role in developing technologies for the management of viral diseases, through conventional and biotechnological approaches.
Prof. Varma is a Fellow of Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Sciences, India, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (Founder Fellow), Indian Phytopathological Society and Indian Virology Society. He was the President, Agricultural Sciences, Indian Science Congress (1988-89), Vice-President, Indian Virology Society (1990-92), Founder Secretary, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (1990-98), President, Biological Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, India (1993), Secretary General, International Society of Plant Pathology (1993-98), Vice-President, International Congress of Plant Pathology, Edinburgh (1998), President, Indian Phytopathological Society (1998-99),Vice-President, International Society for Plant Pathology (1998-2003), Vice-President, Indian National Science Academy (2005-2007), Chair, ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific (2006-2008), and Chair, National Committee of International Union of Microbiological Societies and Chair, Apex Committee: Technology Vision 2020 for Agriculture and Fisheries. He was the Indian Editor, Journal of Phytopathology, Germany (1989-2005). He was the Chief Editor of Indian Phytopathology from 1992-1994, and has served on the editorial board of many science journals.
In recognition of his contributions to science Prof. Varma has been honoured with several prestigious awards like the VASVIK and Om Prakash Bhasin Awards for Science and Technology, and Millenium Plaque of Honour Award of the Indian Science Congress Association; PNASF Gold Medal Award, 2009. The magnificient contributions in the field of Plant Pathology in general and Plant Virology, in particular has led the Indian Phytopathological Society to honour him with Prof. A. P. Misra Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award for the year 2010-11.
University of Hyderabad ,Hyderabad, India
Chitooligosaccharides-induced plant defense
Prof. Appa Rao Podile has over 29 years of teaching and research experience. He works in the area of molecular plant microbe interactions. He is an elected Fellow of all major science academies of the country including Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, Association of Microbiologists of India, New Delhi, the Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences and founding Fellow of Telangana Academy of Sciences, Hyderabad. Received prestigious awards like J.C. Bose Fellowship from DST, Tata Innovation Fellowship from DBT, K.C. Mehta Memorial Award in Crop Protection from National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Rangaswami Award in Agricultural Microbiology from Association of Microbiologists of India, Outstanding Young Scientist Award, Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Goyal Science Foundation’s Rajib Goyal Young Scientist Award in Agriculture. Prof. Podile chaired/co-chaired important national level task force, program advisory committee, search committees etc. besides being member of the research advisory councils of scientific institutes of ICAR and DST and also on the board of Governors of IIM, Trichy and AIUCAA, Pune. Indian Science Congress Association has conferred Millennium Plaque of Honor on Jan 3, 2017 and Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University, Faizabad, U.P. conferred Honorary Doctorate in February 2017. Guided 22 students for Ph.D., and four for M.Phil. At present, he is guiding 7 Ph.D. students and 3 post- doctoral fellows. Currently his lab is supported through an SERB grant and J.C. Bose Fellowship from DST. He has published about 100 papers in peer reviewed high impact journals with over 2800 citations and Hindex of 29.
Research: Prof. Podile’s group works on Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions and published about 85 research papers, with special focus on recombinant bacterial chitinases, non‐host resistance, nanotechnology for crop protection, and molecular interactions of rhizosphere bacteria with plants. This group is actively engaged in cloning and characterization of bacterial chitinases. Prof. Podile is a member of the International Research and Training Group (IRTG) on Molecular and Cellular Glycosciences (MCGS) between University of Hyderabad – University of Munster, Germany.
Teaching: Teach General Microbiology, Molecular Plant Pathology, Microbial Technology and Microbial Ecology to graduate students.
Samuel H. Smith Distinguished Professor
Department of Plant Pathology, 345 Johnson Hall, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, USA
Transcriptional profiling to gain insights into plant-virus interactions
Dr. Hanu R. Pappu is the Chuey Chair of Plant Pathology, and holds the President Sam Smith Distinguished Professorship at Washington State University (WSU). He is a graduate faculty member of the university’s interdisciplinary PhD program in Molecular Plant Sciences. Dr. Pappu’s research interests and expertise include characterization and control of viral diseases of crop plants; development of environmentally friendly and sustainable IPM strategies for reducing the impact of destructive viral diseases of crops; capacity building in developing countries; and technology transfer. Crops of interests and expertise include legumes, and vegetables. Specific areas of interest are genomics, transcriptome profiling, NGS in virus discovery, genome editing, breeding for virus resistance, virus diagnostics, and host-virus interactions.
Professor Pappu published more than 190 refereed journal articles, several invited, review articles/book chapters, and gave numerous invited presentations at national and international conferences.
Department of Entomology and Nematology, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 USA
Scenarios for Sustainable Management of Plant Parasitic Nematodes
Becky is a University of California (UC) Cooperative Extension Specialist/Professor in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at UC Davis. Her background includes a PhD in Biology/Nematology from UC Riverside, postdoc work at UC Davis, and being Western Regional Manager for a company that developed and marketed biological insecticides. She collaborates statewide with UC Cooperative Extension Advisors to develop and extend sustainable methods for management of plant parasitic nematodes on annual, perennial and ornamental crops; teaches a graduate course in Management of Plant Parasitic Nematodes; and teaches an online course in General Biology for nonmajors. Her research includes development of trap cropping and biofumigation approaches; and evaluation of resistant plant cultivars, natural products, and soil amendments. California agriculture is in a transition phase from managing nematodes with the use of chemicals, to approaches utilizing non-chemical techniques; and she has been a leader in bringing about this transition.