Plenary lectures

Barry Pogson
  • Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology (PEB), a cutting edge research centre focused on better understanding the way in which plants interconvert forms of chemical energy in response to environmental change, at the Australian National University.
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  • His research involves the controls and regulators of communication between the chloroplast and nucleus, which include discovery of genes and metabolites involved in epigenetics, RNA metabolism, chloroplast-nuclear signaling, carotenoid biosynthesis, photosynthesis and drought. He is a co-editor at the Plant Cell, the most highly cited research journal in plant biology and is the Australian representative on the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC). He also leads the Global Plant Council's Nutritional-Security initiative on improving plants for human health.
Apichart Vanavichit
  • Director, Rice Gene Discovery and Rice Science Center, Kasetsart University, Thailand
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  • Apichart Vanavichit has a M.Sc. in plant breeding and a Ph.D. in crop science. He was the lead Thai scientist in the team that sequenced the rice genome (IRGSP) with 9 other nations, and furthermore he established the Rice Gene Discovery and Rice Science Center to facilitate rice molecular breeding in Thailand. His centers have led in the discovery of genes for 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline (aromatic gene), Sub1C (flash flooding tolerance), Fe-toxic tolerance, waxy, and terpene synthase (brown planthopper resistance). Significant outcomes from his centers have established a high-through-put platform for breeding-by-pyramiding MAS to improve Thai Jasmine and low GI rice to withstand flash flooding, drought, heat, salinity, diseases and insects problems. He has pioneered a new research frontier in rice; by using fast neutron bombardment to understand how genetic variation can be induced leading to the discovery of undiscovered or novel gene functions. He is also a leader in the molecular breeding of environmentally friendly rice. His high nutrition rice which has enriched grain iron levels, a high level of antioxidants and a low glycemic index has become a new national product.
Chow-Yang Lee
  • Entomology Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
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  • He is internationally known for his research on biology and management of urban insect pests such as cockroaches, ants, termites and bed bugs in Southeast Asia. His research has contributed towards improving management strategies against urban and public health insect pests and promoting sustainable pest management. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, 8 books, and trained 14 Ph.D. and 25 M.Sc. students. He has been invited to speak in more than 175 international conferences and seminars in more than 20 countries as keynote, plenary and symposium speaker. Dr Lee received many accolades at international and national levels including the Walter Ebeling Memorial Lecture 2017 (University of California), Vince Parman Memorial Lecture 2017 (North Carolina State University), National Taiwan University Visiting Professorship 2015, The 2012 Top Research Scientists Malaysia, The Outstanding Young Malaysian Awards 2008 (Honouree for the category of Academic Leadership and Accomplishment), Kyoto University Visiting Professorship (2007, 2011), HH Yap Award (2003), MSPTM Medal (2003), Fulbright Scholarship (2002) and the National Young Scientist Award (2000). He was the President of the Pacific-Rim Termite Research Group for 2 terms (2012 – 2016). For more information, please visit.

Invited Speaker

Yoichi Matsuda
  • Avian Bioscience Research Center, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan.
  • Department of Applied Molecular Biosciences, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Nagoya, 464-8601 Japan
Suchinda Malaivijitnond
  • Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
  • Director of the National Primate Research Center of Thailand, Chulalongkorn University, Saraburi 18100, Thailand​,
Paul A Hoskisson
  • Molecular Microbiology, University of Strathclyde, UK His laboratory works on the evolution of metabolism and biosynthesis of specialised metabolites the actinobacterial genus Streptomyces.
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  • He also works on the pathogen Corynebacterium diphtheriae attempting to understand genome dynamics and how this contributes to pathogenicity. His laboratory also has diverse projects in a range of areas such as on the biotechnological applications of frog proteins, biocatalysis using actinobacterial enzymes and developing novel imaging methods for bacterial cell biology. His laboratory website is here paulhoskisson.weebly.com and he is on Twitter as @PaulHoskisson.
Masaya Kato
  • Postharvest Physiology.
  • Laboratory of Postharvest Physiology of Horticultural Crops.
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  • In the Laboratory of Postharvest Physiology of Horticultural Crops, we are doing research on some of the following themes and are considering others for future examination. We deal with great variety of horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, and flowers), and our research orientation covers the range from basic principles to the real-life application of our findings. Students' interests and goals are respected, and their research themes are determined after due consideration, in consultation with their advisers. We aim to produce independent researchers who will plan experiments, carry them out, and complete their research on their own.
Katsuyoshi Nishinari
  • Specially appointed professor at Glyn O. Phillips Hydrocolloids Research Centre Department of Food and Pharmaceutical Engineering, School of Light Industry, Hubei University of Technology, Wuchang, Wuhan 430068, P.R. China
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  • Present Research: Texture modification, Gels and gelling processes of polysaccharides and proteins, Emulsion stabilities and nano-encapsulations of bioactive compounds.

Akito Kaga
  • Soybean and Field Crop Applied Genomics Research Unit, Institute of Crop Science (NICS), National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan
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  • Development of new strategies for effective soybean breeding through 1) analysis of the genome structure of soybean, 2) development of DNA markers serving as landmarks of agronomically important traits, 3) development of research resources for the identification of important genes in soybean, and 4) isolation of genes controlling important traits such as disease and pest resistance, productivity, seed quality and regional adaptability through maturity control.
Anak Pattanavibool

Wildlife Conservation Society Thailand Program, Thailand

Kalidas Shetty
  • North Dakota State University, Unites States
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  • Dr. Shetty's research interests focus on the critical role of cellular and metabolic basis of oxygen biology for advancing new innovations in life sciences and especially agricultural and food innovations that advance global food security and health in a sustainable environment. This focus is contributing to very innovative advances in the areas of crops for health, post-harvest biology, nutraceuticals, functional foods and food antimicrobial strategies as critical innovations to advance food security in addition to malnutrition and hunger challenges. In particular, he has developed an innovative “crops for health” research platform to counter diet-linked chronic diseases. The rationale of this platform has relevance for managing malnutrition challenges from maternal to child health needs globally. Dr. Shetty’s current passion and commitment are to develop “sustainable and ecological basis for healthy food systems, food choices and global food security” based on local crop and food diversity, traditional food systems and effective food imports that incorporates understanding of comparative cellular biochemistry of plant and animal systems and their interactions with prokaryotes (bacterial systems). This approach has potential to transform global agriculture with healthy food systems and innovative rural development strategies that is systems based with sustainable long term solutions combined with better habitat and environment, sanitation and diversified bioenergy options. In keeping with the above focus on new innovations to advance global food security on a “crops for health and sustainability” platform, Dr. Shetty is developing close collaborations between North Dakota State University and institutions in several regions of the world from Asia, Africa, and Europe to the Americas.
Savitree Limtong
  • Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University, Thailand
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  • Brief Current Research: Development of processes with thermotolerant yeasts for bioethanol production. In this research we have used the effective thermotolerant ethanol fermenting yeast namely Kluyveromyces marxianus DMKU3-1042, which was isolated in Thailand. We have succeeded in development of ethanol fermentation process without temperature control and under non-sterile system at pilot scale by using sugarcane juice as a feed stock. We have plan to develop the strain and process for ethanol from lingo-cellulosic biomass. Development of the production of lipid to be used as feedstocks for biodiesel production. This is due to the fact that one of the most prominent renewable energy resources is biodiesel, which is produced from various sources of lipids including oleaginous yeasts. Economic improvement of microbial lipid production could be performed by finding low-cost raw materials together with oleaginous yeast strains that can use these raw materials for lipid production. We isolated Rhodosporidiobolus fluvialis DMKU-RK253 and R. fluvialis DMKU-SP314 and found that they are effective oleaginous yeast strains, which accumulate a large quantity of lipid when cultivated in glycerol and lingo-cellulosic sugars, respectively. We are developing the cultivation processes to get high lipid. Diversity of yeast in natural habitats in Thailand. We have long experience working with yeast diversity study by both culture-dependent and culture-independent approaches together with molecular taxonomy and phylogenetic analysis. We have proposed more than 50 yeast species from Thai strains. At present, we are focusing with the diversity of yeast in certain habitats viz. plant leaves, marine organisms and the flowers and fruits of palms, concerning which there are only a few reports in Thailand.