Leon Kochian, University of Saskatchewan
With stagnating food production and a world
population expected to reach almost 10 billion by 2050,
global food security is a top-of-mind challenge for everyone.
Dr. Kochian’s lab focuses on the plant’s “hidden
half” -- the roots, until now largely ignored by breeders.
For the very first time, by combining medical imaging, computational
biology and data analysis, his lab images root structure
and function and creates digital root datasets that allow
farmers to breed plants that use less fertilizer and water
and yield more crop on the same land.
Named to the 2015/2016 Thomson Reuters list
as one of the scientists with the most significant global
impact in their field over the past 12 years, Dr. Kochian
was attracted to the University of Saskatchewan by the federal
Canada Excellence Research Chair Program. In Saskatoon,
he heads a major research program in food systems and security.
He is Associate Director of the Global Institute for Food
Security, and a Professor in the Departments of Plant Sciences
and Soil Science. Prior to coming to Canada in 2016, he
was Professor of Plant Biology and Director of the Robert
Holley Center for Agriculture and Health at Cornell University.
He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science and a member of the USDA-Agricultural Research
Service Hall of Fame.
The presentation will
be in English.
Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science
and Engineering (PAGSE).
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council (NSERC) and many
The Speaker of the Senate
The Speaker of the House of Commons
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