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The rise of agritech: How green technology can enable more earth-friendly agriculture

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The rise of agritech: How green technology can enable more earth-friendly agriculture

23 May 2018

12:00 p.m. ET

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There is little doubt that agriculture is indispensable for the continued survival of humanity. Technological advances over the centuries have increased productivity and improved food quality. Agricultural chemicals developed in recent decades have brought significant benefits in crop production, sustaining an explosive growth in world population. That trend continues even now, with new technologies such as the agricultural Internet of Things (IoT) aiming to support higher productivity and crop quality. However, the downside of agricultural expansion and population growth is the undeniably negative impact of intensive farming on the environment. This threatens not only sustainable crop production, but also the climate—through emissions of global warming gases such as methane and nitrous oxide—and water resources. For agriculture to be sustainable, it is necessary to take immediate action at the farm level by practicing environmental conservation. The integration of scientific knowledge from ecology and plant biology with agricultural IoT technologies has the potential to support the dual goals of higher productivity and food quality, and to stimulate the spread of more ecoefficient and earth-friendly farming practices. The webinar will address these issues, with a focus on new agricultural IoT technologies, using rice production as an example.

During the webinar, viewers will:

  • Hear about current environmental burdens caused by agricultural expansion
  • Learn what solutions are available to reduce environmental burdens by applying scientific expertise and new green technologies
  • Be introduced to examples of novel agricultural technologies and their real-world application and performance
  • Have an opportunity to have their questions answered during the live broadcast!

This webinar will last for approximately 60 minutes.

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Speaker bios

Dirk B. Hays, Ph.D.

Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas

Dr. Hays obtained his B.S. in biochemistry from Texas A&M University (TAMU) in 1991 and his Ph.D. in plant physiology from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1997. He held postdoctoral research positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Manhattan, Kansas before becoming an assistant professor at TAMU’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. His research and teaching focus is plant physiology and genetics, with specialties in physiological and molecular plant breeding for improved adaptation to drought and high-temperature stress in wheat, sorghum, cowpea (black-eyed pea), and cassava. His research also aims to improve the nutritional and industrial end-use quality of wheat, sorghum, and cowpea through traditional and genetic engineering optimization of the starch, protein, and oil makeup of their seeds. Most recently, he has developed the use of ground penetrating radar for subsurface crop root imaging through international collaborations with scientists at Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centers in Mexico, South America, Africa, and South Asia. Dr. Hays is the current chair of the Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences interdisciplinary graduate program at TAMU.

Manabu Ishitani, Ph.D.

International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
Cali, Colombia

Dr. Ishitani was awarded his Ph.D. in agricultural biochemistry by Nagoya University in Japan in 1994. He then completed postdoctoral training at the University of Arizona in the United States before joining BASF Plant Science in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina as a research scientist. He is presently a senior scientist in the Agrobiodiversity Research Area at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) as well as coordinator of the International Laboratory for Cassava Molecular Breeding (ILCMB) at the Agricultural Genetics Institute in Hanoi, Vietnam. Dr. Ishitani’s research interests include the application of new plant breeding techniques to improve crops and the use of the Internet of Things to better monitor and manage agricultural production.

Takashi Togami, Ph.D.

PS Solutions Corp.
Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Togami graduated with a B.S. in applied sciences from Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia, followed by a Master’s degree from Mie University in Japan, where he researched agricultural information and communication technology. He obtained a doctorate in bioresources science in 2012, also from Mie University, researching sensor networks and information utilization on farms. In December 2012, Dr. Togami received an honorable mention at the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering subcommittee of the Science Council of Japan for his work on a wireless sensor network for precise soil water management in an orchard. He joined SoftBank Mobile in 2013, where he currently leads technology development projects related to agricultural Internet-of-Things technology and expertise.

Sean Sanders, Ph.D.

Washington, DC

Dr. Sanders did his undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK, supported by the Wellcome Trust. Following postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University, Dr. Sanders joined TranXenoGen, a startup biotechnology company in Massachusetts working on avian transgenics. Pursuing his parallel passion for writing and editing, Dr. Sanders joined BioTechniques as an editor, before joining Science/AAAS in 2006. Currently Dr. Sanders is the Senior Editor for Custom Publishing for the journal Science and Program Director for Outreach.

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