Organized by 

National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
National Science and Technology Development Agency
Ministry of Science and Technology

 

In collaboration with 

Kasetsart University, Thailand
University of Sheffield, UK Newton Fund
GenePlus Co., Ltd.

 

Rationale and background

Climate change affects crop production and agriculture, threatening the ability to achieve global food security. Direct and indirect effects of climate change on agriculture are in a number of ways, including through changes in rainfall patterns and average temperatures, drought, flooding, etc. To be ready for the future climate extremes for crop protection, understanding the plant genetic and physiology under stresses by using high resolution plant phenotyping technology must be achieved. The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and Kasetsart University (KU) have realized that the cutting-edge technologies on plant stress response is important for the future climate-ready crops. Thus, NSTDA and KU agreed to organize the international workshop on “Climate- Ready Crops” in collaboration with University of Sheffield, Newton Fund and GenePlus Co., Ltd. to convey such the important technologies.

The workshop is led by the collaborative teams of KU and NSTDA, and the distinguished scientists from University of Sheffield, UK; International Rice Research Institute(IRRI), the Philippines; Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, P.R. China; Photon Systems Instruments (PSI), Czech Republic and distinguished scientists from Thailand’s Universities. The event is opened for involved and interested persons in academic, research and private sectors to attend.

 

Objectives

  • To enable participants to learn about high-resolution plant phenotyping and imaging by cutting- edge technologies.
  • To provide the platform for the participants to exchange their experiences and resources amongst themselves and the speakers.
  • To enlighten and stimulate young research scientists to perform impact research on high throughput phenotyping.

 

Speakers

  • Dr. Martin Trtilek Photon Systems Instruments, Czech Republic
  • Dr. William Paul Quick International Rice Research Institute, the Philippines
  • Prof. Tiegang Lu Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, P.R. China
  • Prof. Zhiguo Zhang Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences andHebei University of Science and Technology, P.R. China
  • Dr. Jonaliza L. Siangliw National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), Thailand
  • Dr. Patompong Johns Saengwilai Mahidol University, Thailand
  • Dr. Phanchita Vejchasarn Rice Department, Thailand
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Piyada Theerakulpisut Khon Kaen University, Thailand
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Poonpipope Kasemsap Kasetsart University, Thailand
  • Dr. Siwaret Arikit Kasetsart University, Thailand
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Supachitra Chadchawan Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Dr. Jennifer M Sloan University of Sheffield, UK
  • Prof. Julie E Gray University of Sheffield, UK
  • Dr. Robert S Caine University of Sheffield, UK 

 

Language 

  • The whole course will be given in English 

 

Registration Deadline

  • 24 November 2017

 

Registration fee

  • 6-7 December 2017: Free of charge (limited to 150 persons)

  • 8 December 2017: 700 Baht (limited to 40 persons) 

 

Targeted participants

The targeted groups are personnel of the following organizations:

  • Public organization
  • University
  • Research institute
  • Department of Agriculture and Rice Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Seed Company 

 

General information: Public transportation to the venue Air-conditioned bus routes

  • No. 29 (Bangkok Railway Station - Thammasart University, Rangsit)
  • No. 39 (Grand Palace - Thammasart University, Rangsit)
  • No. 510 (Victory Monument - Thammasart University, Rangsit - Thai Market)

 

Air-conditioned van routes

  • No. 118 (Mo Chit BTS Sky Train Station - Thailand Science Park)
  • No. 85 (Victory Monument - Thammasart University, Rangsit )

 

Accommodation

  • You are responsible for making your own arrangements.

 

Suggested accommodation

  • Institute of East Asian Studies (A 10-minute-walk from Thailand Science Park) Twin room (2 beds) 950 Baht/ night not include Breakfast

Tel: (66) 2564 5000 – 3 Website: http://www.asia.tu.ac.th

 

For more information please contact Technical Training Unit

BIOTEC 113 Thailand Science Park, Phahonyothin Rd., Khlong Nueng, Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani 12120

Tel: (66) 2564 6700 ext. 3379 – 82 Fax: (66) 2564 6574

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Website: more info

 


 

Assoc. Prof. Poonpipope Kasemsap

Kasetsart University, Thailand
Poonpipope Kasemsap has a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in plant physiology. He is Associate Professor of Crop Eco Physiology, and director of Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center for Asia. He is the chair of the International Biology Olympiad (2008-2020) and international advisory board, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture (2010-2019). His research and teaching focuses on plant eco-physiology such as gas exchange and water potential in plants and effects of climate changes and air pollutants on crop physiology and production. He previously served as the Vice President for International Relations and Vice President for Kamphaeng Saen Campus of the Kasetsart University in 2012–2016. He was also the Director of the International Studies Center of the Kasetsart University in Bangkok.

 

 

Dr. Martin Trtilek,

Executive Director, Photon Systems Instruments, Czech Republic

Martin finished his degree in 1992 at VUT, Brno. He is owner and CEO of PSI (Photon Systems Instruments), which is the world leader in development and manufacturing of instrumentation for imaging and monitoring of biological signals in plants and algae. PSI was the first company to offer a chlorophyll fluorescence imaging system, and remain at the forefront of technology for monitoring growth and physiological activity in samples that range from individual cells to large crop and tree species. In 2016, won the EY Technical Businessman of the Year, He is also Member of the board for commercialization, Institute of Microbiology of the CAS, v. v. iHe is running a lot of research actives especially in a development of methodology and instrumentations in Algae and Plant science, as a Leader of Biotechnology group, Czech Academia of Science (2011-13), Leader of PSI research group.

 

 

Dr. William Paul Quick,

Leader of the C4 research project based at International Rice Research Institute (IRRI),

The Philippines William Paul Quick holds a personal chair in Plant Physiology at the University of Sheffield and has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals; Paul's group at Sheffield made two very exciting discoveries that have both led to publications in Nature. The first is the discovery of a new type of photosynthesis in C3 plants and the possible missing link in the explanation for the evolution of C4 plants. The second is the discovery that COis a systemic signaling molecule in plants responsible for controlling plant development. In 2009, on secondment from Sheffield, Paul took up the leadership of the C4 Rice Project, a multi-discipline consortium from around the world funded by the BMGF to engineer C4 photosynthesis into rice. He is responsible for the day to day operation of C4 related research activities at IRRI and also for managing and coordinating the global C4 rice program. His recent research interests include screening and phenotyping genetic diversity in rice for enhanced yield and abiotic stress tolerance under current and future climate scenarios.

 

 

Prof. Julie E Gray,
Professor of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Sheffield, UK

Julie Gray has a Ph.D. in Plant Science and is Professor of Plant Cell Signaling at the University of Sheffield. Her research is focused on the use of stomata to understand how plants adapt to environmental change and has identified components of signaling pathways leading to changes in stomatal development in response to light intensity, rising atmospheric COlevels and water availability. Research into the control of stomatal development has uncovered roles for the EPF peptide signals in controlling stomatal frequency; a finding that underpins this project. In addition, her research has provided insights into the signaling pathways which regulate stomatal aperture, and the evolution of stomata. Recently, she has demonstrated that plants with reduced stomatal density have enhanced water use efficiency and drought tolerance, and begun to translate findings from Arabidopsis into cereals to explore new routes towards improving crop water use.

 

 

Prof. Tiegang Lu,

Professor and Deputy Director-General, Biotechnology Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, P.R. China

Tiegang Lu holds a Ph.D. degree in plant physiology and is currently Professor and Deputy Director-General of the Biotechnology Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Lu is the principal investigator of a multi- institutional innovation team of functional genomics investigating the control of plant light use efficiency in the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He is a member of the China Rice Functional Genomics Consortium. His current work is focused on functional genomics for enhancing plant light use efficiency using various mutant populations including rice T-DNA insertional mutants, Setaria italica and corn EMS mutants.

 

 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Apichart Vanavichit,

Director, Rice Gene Discovery and Rice Science Center, Kasetsart University, Thailand

Apichart Vanavichit has a M.Sc. in plant breeding and a Ph.D. in crop science. He was the lead Thai scientist in the team that sequenced the rice genome (IRGSP) with 9 other nations, and furthermore he established the Rice Gene Discovery and Rice Science Center to facilitate rice molecular breeding in Thailand. His centers have led in the discovery of genes for 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline (aromatic gene), Sub1C (flash flooding tolerance), waxy, and terpene synthase (brown planthopper resistance). Significant outcomes from his centers have improved Thai Jasmine Rice which withstands flash flooding, drought, heat, salinity, diseases and insects problems. He has pioneered a new research frontier in rice; by using fast neutron bombardment to induce genetic variation leading to the discovery of novel gene functions. He is also a leader in the molecular breeding of environmentally friendly rice. His high nutrition rice which has enriched grain iron levels, a high level of antioxidants and a low glycemic index has become a new national product. 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1
6 December 2017

 

08.30 – 09.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.30

Opening

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siree Chaiseri
Acting Vice President for Research, Kasetsart University

Mr. Colin Sykes
Economic & Prosperity Counsellor and UK Permanent Representative to UNSCAP, British Embassy Bangkok

Dr. Somvong Tragoonrung
Director, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, NSTDA

  Session 1: High Resolution Phenotyping and Intelligent Agriculture
09.30– 10.00 Thailand agriculture 4.0
By Assoc. Prof. Dr. Poonpipope Kasemsap
Kasetsart University, Thailand
10.00 – 10.40  TBA
10.40 – 11.20 Coffee break
 11.20 –12.00  State of the Art Technologies for Plant Phenotyping
By Dr. Martin Trtilek
Executive Director, Photon Systems Instruments, Czech Republic
12.00 – 13.30  Lunch
  Session 2: Photosynthesis and Productivity
13.30 – 14.10  Low CO2 screening for Setaria
By Prof. William Paul Quick
International Rice Research Institute, the Philippines
 14.10 14.50 A 3D model of rice photosynthesis - characterizing IR64
By Dr. Jennifer M Sloan
University of Sheffield, UK
 14.50 –15.20 Coffee break
 15.20 –16.00 Systematic screening and characterization for rice CO2 exchange mutants using Licor-6800 photosynthesis system
By Prof. Tiegang Lu
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, P.R. China
 16.00-16.30 Systematic screening and characterization of rice vein density mutants
By Prof. Zhiguo Zhang
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Hebei University of Science and Technology, P.R. China

 

 

Day 2 
7 December 2017

 

  Session 3: Climate-Ready Rice
09.00 – 09.30 Identifying genes involved in stomatal function
By Prof. Julie E Gray
University of Sheffield, UK
09.30 – 10.00 Genetic manipulation of stomatal development in rice to improve drought tolerance
By Dr. Robert S
Caine University of Sheffield, UK
10.00– 10.30 Forward screening for stomatal phenotypic variation in rice mutants (Oryza sativa) determining abiotic and biotic stress tolerance
By Dr. Siwaret Arikit
Kasetsart University, Thailand
10.30– 11.00 Coffee break
   
  Session 4: Root and Rhizosphere
11.00– 11.30 Exploiting the root phenome: Opportunities and challenges
By Dr. Patompong Johns Saengwilai
Mahidol University, Thailand
11.30– 12.00 Phenotyping approaches for physiological and genetic analysis of root system in rice
By Dr. Phanchita Vejchasarn
Rice Department, Thailand
12.00 – 13.30  Lunch
   
  Session 5: Enhancing Tolerance to Abiotic Stress
13.30 – 14.00 Enhancing salt tolerance in rice by treatments with plant growth regulators
By Assoc. Prof. Dr. Piyada Theerakulpisut
KhonKaen University, Thailand
14.00– 14.30 Discovery of OsNucleolin1 as a salt tolerant gene in rice
By Assoc. Prof. Dr. Supachitra Chadchawan
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
14.30– 15.00 Characterization of KDML105 CSSL population under abiotic stress in preparation to climate change
By Dr. Jonaliza L. Siangliw
The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), Thailand
15.00– 15:30 Closing remarks By Assoc. Prof.
Dr. Apichart Vanavichit
Kasetsart University, Thailand
15:30  Coffee break
   

  

 

Day 3
8 December 2017

Site visit: High Throughput Genotyping and High Resolution Plant Phenotyping Facilities
Rice Science Center, Kasetsart University, Thailand

 

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