UPCOMING EVENT

Agricultural
Meeting
DATE
April 4 – 6, 2022
LOCATION
Loews Coronado Resort

AGBT is excited to announce that we will be launching our 3rd meeting in the spring of 2022.

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About

AGBT-Ag will bring together the world’s leading genome researchers, data scientists, breeders, policy influencers, funders, and technology innovators from the global North and South who wish to embrace opportunities to redesign terrestrial and aquatic agriculture. Because of its focus on the integration of genomics and agriculture, AGBT-Ag is uniquely positioned to enable and enhance communication among stakeholders in order to address the escalating needs of a changing Earth.

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What the experts are saying

The conference launches at perhaps the most exciting time for agriculture in the past hundred years – agriculture is embarking on its 4th revolution, its digital revolution, which promises to be as impactful as the green revolution of 50 years ago, or the mechanization of agriculture a century ago.

John Hickey, co-chair of AGBT-Ag and Chair of Animal Breeding, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh

One of humanity’s greatest challenges is to sustainably produce more food on existing agricultural lands. AGBT-Ag…fosters the needed dialogue and exchange of ideas to bring about the fourth agricultural revolution.

Sarah Hearne, co-chair of the AGBT-Ag conference and Principal Scientist and maize geneticist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

Genomics technology will be central in the drive for the step-change improvements in productivity and sustainability of modern agriculture that the world desperately needs.

John Hickey, co-chair of AGBT-Ag and Chair of Animal Breeding, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh.

The vision for AGBT-Ag is to be the global space where the brightest minds, best practitioners, and most prodigious influencers in the world of genomics and agriculture converge to foster new and ground-breaking innovation.

AGBT-Ag Meeting Press Release

A better understanding of the genomes of animals and plants is fundamental to feeding and fueling the world. Just as genome technologies have already begun to transform the practice of medicine and bring about a profoundly enhanced understanding of human disease, the same innovations also have tremendous potential in agriculture.

AGBT-Ag Meeting Press Release

AGBT-Ag brings together the world’s leading genome researchers, data scientists, breeders, policy influencers, funders, and technology innovators from the global North and South who wish to embrace opportunities to redesign terrestrial and aquatic agriculture.

AGBT-Ag Meeting Press Release

[With its] focus on the integration of genomics and agriculture, AGBT-Ag is uniquely positioned to enable and enhance communication among stakeholders in order to address the escalating needs of a changing Earth.

AGBT-Ag Meeting Press Release

Genomics technology will be central in the drive for the step-change improvements in productivity and sustainability of modern agriculture that the world desperately needs.

John Hickey, Co-chair of AGBT-Ag and Chair of Animal Breeding, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh

SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Renee Lafitte

Renee Lafitte is Deputy Director for Crops R&D in the Agricultural Development group at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has a background in crop physiology, agronomy, and agro-ecology, with experience in technology discovery and product development for both intensive agriculture and resource-limited cropping systems. Prior to her current appointment, Renee was a Research […]

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Nathan Lakey

Nathan Lakey is President and Chief Executive Officer of Orion Genomics, a company bringing cutting edge scientific expertise, innovation, proprietary technologies and commercial and academic partnerships throughout the globe to change how the world approaches feeding, fueling and healing itself. Lakey was awarded the top 40 under 40 award (2004 St. Louis), presented the governor’s top technology award […]

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Susan McCouch

Susan McCouch is the Barbara McClintock Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics in the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University. She also serves as Director of the Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture. She received her PhD from Cornell in 1990 and spent 5 years with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the […]

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Len Pennacchio

Dr. Len Pennacchio is a Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL), Deputy Director of the Joint Genome Institute, and Adjunct Professor at the University of California Berkeley. He received his PhD in Genetics from Stanford University and served as an Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Fellow at LBL. He has authored over 140 publications and […]

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Catherine Potenski

Catherine Potenski (ORCiD) is Chief editor of Nature Genetics. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Microbiology program at New York University School of Medicine in Irina Derkatch’s laboratory where she studied Q/N-rich protein aggregates and prions in the yeast model system. For her postdoctoral work, Catherine joined Hannah Klein’s laboratory where she studied mechanisms of ribonucleotide-induced […]

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Alison Van Eenennaam

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis.  She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics from […]

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Fred Van Eeuwijk

Fred van Eeuwijk is  professor of applied statistics at Wageningen University. His research concentrates on statistical genetics, especially the development of models for genotype to phenotype relations in plants. This work addresses the statistical  modelling of genotype by environment interactions from a number of perspectives (QTL/GWAS models, genomic prediction, hybrid models combining statistical genetics and […]

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Bruce Walsh

Bruce Walsh if a professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona.  He is coauthor (with Mike Lynch) of the two leading graduate textbooks on quantitative genetics (Lynch & Walsh 1998 Genetics and Analysis of Quantitative Traits; Walsh & Lynch 2018  Evolution and Selection of Quantitative Traits).

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Susan Wessler

Susan Wessler is Distinguished Professor of Genetics and the Neil and Rochelle Campbell Chair for Innovation in Science Education at the University of California Riverside. In 2011 she was elected Home Secretary of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the first women to hold this position in its 150-year history. She is a plant […]

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Xiaofeng Cao

Xiaofeng Cao, principle investigator at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, is a geneticist recognized for her work on epigenetic regulation in higher plants. She is known particularly for her studies on dynamic histone methylation, small RNA as well as arginine methylation controlling transposon activities govern genome stability and affecting […]

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Jack Dekker

Dr. Jack Dekkers, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University focuses his research on quantitative and statistical genetics, including the integration of quantitative and molecular genetics and genomics for QTL mapping, genome-wide association studies, and genomic prediction and selection; design and economic aspects of breeding programs for livestock.

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Appolinaire Djikeng

Professor Djikeng’s research, capacity building and international development interests are centred on genetic improvement for sustainable and profitable livestock development in tropical low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Professor Djikeng is Chair of Tropical Agriculture and Sustainable development and Director of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH). CTLGH is a strategic livestock genetics […]

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Michel Georges

Michel Georges is Professor in Genetics and Genomics at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Liège in Belgium.  He heads the Unit of Genetics of the GIGA Research Institute in the same university.  Georges was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1959.  He obtained his DVM degree at the University of Liège in […]

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Sarah Hearne

Sarah Hearne, principal scientist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), focuses on identification and application of native genetic variation for crop improvement. Working with multi-disciplinary teams she explores, harnesses, re-combines and develops applications in the areas of genomics, informatics and biometrics, in order to leverage data synergies and more efficiently and effectively […]

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Charlie Johnson

Charles Johnson is director and founder of the Texas A&M AgriLife Genomics and Bioinformatics Service (TxGen), a multimillion-dollar agrigenomics research unit within Texas A&M AgriLife Research, part of the Texas A&M System. The center conducts next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics research with collaborators in 42 countries, working with hundreds of different groups including other universities and […]

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