The 3rd Biostimulants World Congress, Miami, USA, November 2017 - Presentations

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Tuesday 28 November

08:40 - 09:30 OPENING LECTURE: Precision Agriculture and Biostimulants.
Prof Raj Khosla, Colorado State University, (USA), Member of the Committee of Science Breakthroughs 2030, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine, (USA).
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* SESSION 1: Biostimulants and Plant Yield & Quality.
Chair: Dr Balakrishnan Prithiviraj, Dalhousie University (Canada).

09:30 - 10:10 KEYNOTE LECTURE: Plant Nutrition & Soil Health.
Dr Bernard Vanlauwe, Professor, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), (Kenya).
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10:10   Theory and practice of using bacterial biostimulants to enhance nutrient use efficiency of crop plants.
Prof Patrick du Jardin, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liège, (Belgium).
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11:10  Biostimulation of plant growth response by fractionated natural organic matter: application methods, rates, and chemical characterization.
Dr Paolo Caricasole, Research Scientist, FBSciences, (USA).

11:30 A novel plant metabolite increases nutrient efficacy and crop performance.
Dr Pat Unkefer, Senior Research Scientist,Verdesian Life Sciences, (USA).

11:50 Modulation of secondary metabolism in Vitis vinifera through A. nodosum extracts: Effects on vine eco-physiology and grape quality.
Linda Salvi, PhD Student, University of Florence, (Italy).

12:10 Comparing different formulations of the bud break enhancer Erger by gene activity measurements.
Dr Frank Hoeberichts, Senior Scientist, NSure BV, (The Netherlands).
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12:30 Unravelling the physiological and biochemical effects of pre-harvest application of phospholipid enriched food-grade formulates on pip and stone fruit.
Jordi Giné-Bordonaba, Researcher, IRTA, (Spain).

* SESSION 2: Molecular Analysis of Biostimulants.
Chair: Prof Patrick du Jardin, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech - University of Liège (Belgium).

14:00 - 14:40 KEYNOTE LECTURE: Biostimulant research: searching for small molecules with selective action.
Prof Danny Geelen, Ghent University, (Belgium).
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14:40 Identification of biostimulants and their mode of action using automated high-throughput bioassaying and phenotyping.
Dr Lukas Spichal, Senior Researcher, Palacky University, (Czech Republic).

15:00 Biostimulant Discovery and Development using the Mendel Technology Platform.
Josh Armstrong, VP Biologicals R&D, Koch Biological Solutions LLC, (USA).
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16:00 Novel high-throughput approach in discovering and understanding the mode of action of plant biostimulants.
Prof Giuseppe Colla, University of Tuscia, (Italy).

16:20 Chemical characterization of Humic Substances based raw materials and evaluation of their plant biostimulant activities.
Dr Alessandro Biasone, Lab Specialist, Valagro Spa, (Italy).

16:40 Transcriptome Analysis of Maize Roots in Response to Protein Hydrolysates and Free Amino Acids.
Prof Tiziana Pandolfini, University of Verona, (Italy).
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17:00 Transcriptomic study of physiological effects of a seaweed extract and its purified fraction, used as plant growth biostimulants.
Dr Celine Conan, Engineer, Arysta LifeSciences, (France).

17:20 Salinity stress tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana induced by uniquely processed Ascophyllum nodosum extract, powered by Acadian BioSwitch™, is mediated by miRNAs.

Dr Balakrishnan Prithiviraj, Dalhousie University, (Canada).

Wednesday 29 November

* SESSION 3: Microbiome, Priming and Soil Health.
Chair: Dr Fabricio Cassan, Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto. (Argentina).

09:00 - 09:40 KEYNOTE LECTURE: Endophytic microorganisms and their impact on plant growth.
Prof Donald L Smith, McGill University, (Canada).
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9:40 Phenotypic and molecular assessment of seaweed derived biostimulants on Arabidopsis thaliana during drought stress.
Dr Thomas Fleming, Postdoctoral Research Associate,Tradecorp International, (UK).
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10:00 Can plant microbiomes be altered by biostimulants to improve plant health?
Dr Lori Hoagland, Associate Professor, Purdue University, (USA).
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11:00 - 11:40 KEYNOTE LECTURE: Root microbiota adaptation to contrasted soil phosphorus levels.
Dr. Stijn Spaepen, Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, (Germany).
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11:40 Harnessing the Soil-plant Microbiome to Improve Crop Productivity.
Dr Mylavarapu Venkatramesh, VP Discovery Research, Agrinos, (USA).
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12:00 Modulation of Capsicum annum L rhizospheric microbiome treated with biostimulants in northeastern Mexico.
Dr Ali Asaff, R&D Manager, Innovak Global, (Mexico).
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12:20 Can beneficial microbes and other soil amendments improve root health and performance of citrus trees growing under pressure from HLB?
Dr Ute Albrecht, Assistant Professor, University of Florida, (USA).

* SESSION 4: Role of Biostimulants in abiotic stress tolerance.
Chair: Prof Patrick Brown, University of California Davis, (USA).

14:00 - 14:40 KEYNOTE LECTURE: Systemic signalling pathways, abiotic stress and the promise of biostimulants.
Prof Ron Mittler, University of Arizona and North Texas, (USA).

14:40 The Effect of Smartfoil® on Drought Tolerance in Soybean: A physiological, biochemical and genomic approach.
Emmanuelle Mounier, Research Team Leader, Agrauxine, (France) and Ronan Kempf, Marketing and Development Manager, Agrauxine, (France).

15:00 Biostimulant-based molecular priming approaches to increase crop strength and stress tolerance.
Dr Sujeeth Neerakkal, Chief Plant Molecular Biologist, BioAtlantis Ltd, (Ireland).

16:20 A New Biostimulant Powered by Acadian BioSwitch™ Technology Improves Yield and Drought Tolerance of Soybeans and Corn.
Dr Holly Little, Director of Global Commercial Science, Acadian Plant Health, (Canada).
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16:40 Urea derivative - ASES - increases yield and stress tolerance of Triticum aestivum with remarkable efficiency.
Dr Jaroslav Nisler, Researcher, Hana Agricultural Research Center, Palacky University, (Czech Republic).
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17:00 miRNA-containing plant extracts as a new concept in biostimulant development.
Dr Alberto Piaggesi, Global R&D Director, Valagro Spa, (Italy).

Thursday 30 November

* SESSION 5: Best practices, Market Trends and Legislation
Chair: Jean Pierre Leymonie, Managing Director, New Ag International (France)

09:00 Agricultural biostimulant effects characterized by sensor data.
Dr Karina Vincents Lohmann, Head of Section, Danish Technological Institute, (Denmark).
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09:20 Toward the Best Practical Use of Microbial Biostimulants in Vegetable Production, Now Emphasizing Sustainable-Organic.
Dr Matthew Kleinhenz, The Ohio State University, (USA).

09:40 Using and Recommendation of Biostimulants by Professional Crop Advisors.
Dr Terry A. Tindall, Director of Agronomy and Dr Galen D. Mooso , Agronomy Team--J.R. Simplot Company, (USA).
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11:00 Building the credibility of biostimulants; an industry perspective.
Dr Steven Adams, R&D Director, Plant Impact, (UK).
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11:20 Using standards to promote best agricultural practices and credibility of biostimulant claims.
Kristen Sukalac, Senior Consultant, European Biostimulants Industry Council (Belgium).
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11:40 Biostimulants of the last decade: Comprehensive analysis of research papers and patents.
Dr Stanislav Kuzyakin, Managing Director, Natural Sciences Information Centre, Moscow (Russia).
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12:00 Overview of the Mexican Regulation for Biostimulants.
Sergio Tapia Medina, Director General for Productivity & Technological Development, Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA), (Mexico).

12:20 CONCLUDING KEYNOTE: Development of a regulatory guidance on plant biostimulants in the USA.
Dr Russell Jones, Senior Scientist, United States Environmental Protection Agency-EPA, (USA).
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