IFA Podcasts

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23 March 2021

Manish Raizada, Professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph and Marcus Meadows-Smith, CEO of BioConsortia talk with IFA’s Deputy Director-General, Patrick Heffer, about the benefits and potential of Nitrogen-fixing microbials as a tool available to farmers to improve plant nutrition.

About the guest speakers

Manish N. Raizada

Meadows-Smith Marcus

Manish N. Raizada received his B.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario (Genetics) and Ph.D. from Stanford University (Plant Molecular Genetics). He held fellowship positions at The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre in Mexico City (Cereal Genomics) and at Caltech (Chemical Engineering). He is currently a Professor and the International Relations Officer in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph, Canada. The focus of the Raizada Lab is to develop low cost technologies that reduce the use of nitrogen fertilizers and pesticides to grow corn and other crops including legumes, replacing them with beneficial microbes and the use of biosensors, with a focus on North Ame rica, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Meadows-Smith Marcus holds a degree in Biological Sciences, Genetics from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He is currently CEO of BioConsortia, a discoverer of microbial crop protection and crop enhancement products. Prior to that, he turned around the biopesticide business AgraQuest Inc. over a four-year timeframe, signing partnership agreements between a bio-ag company and several big agchemical giants, culminating in Marcus’ company being acquired by Bayer CropScience for over $400 million. Following Bayer’s acquisition of AgraQuest, he became head of biologics for Bayer CropScience. Previously, Meadows-Smith had a 14-year career at Chemtura Corporation.
 

15 February 2021

IFA Chief Scientist Dr. Achim Dobermann sat down with SPRPN Chair Dr. Tom Bruulsema and member Dr. Pytrik Reidsma to find out more about the New Paradigm, including some of the key issues the Panel identified that need better solutions, and some it's main objectives, from nutrient recovery and recycling to nutrition-sensitive agriculture.

About the guest speakers

Tom Bruulsema

Pytrik Reidsma

Tom Bruulsema Based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Tom Bruulsema is Chief Scientist with Plant Nutrition Canada, working with industry, environmental, and scientific groups to lead agricultural service providers in advancing sustainability. He has served for over 25 years with industry-supported science organizations, leading and contributing to projects on the interactions of crop nutrition with health-functional foods, greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, and eutrophication in Lake Erie. Recent achievements include contributions to nutrient stewardship certification programs in the United States and Canada, and to international initiatives in sustainable management of nitrogen and phosphorus.

Dr. Pytrik Reidsma is Associate Professor at Plant Production Systems, Wageningen University. Her work focuses on sustainability and resilience of farming systems. She has expertise in integrated assessment of agricultural systems, considering impacts on different dimensions of sustainable development (economic, environmental, social), considering different drivers (climate change, policy, markets, technological development), at multiple scales (crop, farm, region, continent; with a focus on the farm level), using a range of methods (statistical analyses, crop modelling, bio-economic farm modelling, Geographic Information Systems, agent-based modelling and participatory approaches).

 

 

24 November 2020

Listen to IFA Chief Scientist Dr. Achim Dobermann discuss biostimulants with guests Patrick du Jardin, Senior Scientist, Professor of Plant Biology, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liège, and Prem Warrior, Chief Operating Officer, Valagro, in IFA’s first ever podcast!

About the guest speakers

Patrick du Jardin

Prem Warrior

Professor Patrick du Jardin is Senior Scientist, Professor of Plant Biology at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liège since 1996, of which he was Dean of faculty in the period 2007-2009. He is an expert in plant physiology and nutrition and his current research is focused on the action of microbial and non-microbial biostimulants on crop plants. He was chairman of the scientific committee of the 4th world congress on the Agricultural uses of Biostimulants. Patrick has a long-standing expertise in the risk assessment of agricultural technologies and was vice-chair of the EFSA GMO panel between 2012 and 2015. He has also been a member of the ethics committee of the French Institutes INRA and Cirad.

Dr. Prem Warrior is the Chief Operating Officer at Valagro, a leading company in the biostimulants space. Previously, he was a Senior Regional Advisor on the Agricultural Development team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle. He concurrently served as a Senior Program Officer and the Team Leader for the Postharvest & Markets group at the Gates foundation. Prem has a PhD in Plant Pathology/Nematology and an MBA in general business. He has published more than 70 scientific peer-reviewed publications, has over 80 international patents and has been associated with the discovery and development of several agricultural products including insecticide, nematicide, plant growth regulators and biostimulants.