Plenary Sessions

MONDAY, AUGUST 1

Plenary Session – Science to Practice

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Join our featured speakers as we put science to practice:

 

Margaret (Peg) Redinbaugh, USDA ARS Research Leader and Research Plant Molecular Geneticist, and Adjunct Professor, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH

Emergence, Spread and Control of Maize Lethal Necrosis in East Africa

Redinbaugh will present the story of Maize lethal necrosis (MLN), a disease has recently broken out in East Africa, threatening a staple food and key determinant of food security for smallholder farmers. She will describe the significant progress of an international team of researchers utilizing traditional and advanced approaches to identify the disease, define epidemiological factors associated with the outbreak, and develop control strategies.

  Leena Tripathi, Plant Biotechnologist, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Bioscience Center, Nairobi, Kenya

Development of Management Strategies for Xanthomonas Wilt Disease of Banana in East Africa

Xanthomonas wilt is an invasive disease that has devastated banana, a major staple food crop, throughout East Africa in the past decade. Tripathi will describe how basic and applied research approaches have contributed to the development of management options for this disease, from advanced diagnostics to cultural practices to transgenic disease-resistant plants.

 

Linda Kinkel, Professor, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Phytobiome Ecology-guided Insights into Novel Disease Management Approaches

Kinkel will present metagenomic and phenotypic compositional, functional, and network data on plant microbiomes within distinct environments. She will discuss how these data can enhance our understanding of the dynamic ecological and evolutionary processes that influence microbiome characteristics, and how these data can guide the development of novel approaches for disease management.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2

Plenary Session – Different Kinds of Minds Are Needed to Solve Problems

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Temple Grandin, Professor of Livestock Behavior & Welfare, Colorado State University

Best-selling author, noted expert in animal behavior, and advocate for autistic populations, Temple Grandin will share her views on effectively using the three ways people think in problem solving – 1) photo realistic visual thinking where pictures form thoughts, 2) pattern thinkers, and 3) word thinkers –and the importance of having teams of individuals with different abilities and types of minds working together to find solutions.

Grandin has designed humane handling systems for half the cattle-processing facilities in the U.S. and consults with the meat industry to develop animal welfare guidelines. As a high-functioning autistic person, she has been able to make sense of and articulate her unusual life experiences with rare depth. Grandin also has an extreme sensitivity to detail and environmental change, which she credits for her insight into the minds of cattle and domesticated animals.

She has been recognized by the academic community and the general public for her work. In 2010, Time Magazine listed Grandin as one of its most Important People of the Year and HBO released an Emmy Award winning film on her life. In 2009, she was named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. She is the recipient of several honorary degrees, and has been featured on a range of television and radio programs.

Grandin is author of the books Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human.

Photo credit: Rosalie Winard

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