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Seminar by Professor Dao Quoc Hy (University of Geneva)    View Summary
11 August 2014

Professor Dao Quoc Hy will shortly introduce a project on which they are currently working, i.e. translating the Planetary Boundaries approach (Rockström et al. 2009) to the Swiss national level (i.e. setting environmental limits for Switzerland, considering its environmental impacts inland and abroad). He is interested to exchange views on how to set limits for Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Water, Land system and Biodiversity (see http://www.stockholmresilience.org/21/research/research-programmes/planetary-boundaries/planetary-boundaries/about-the-research/quantitative-evolution-of-boundaries.html).

Reference of the Planetary Boundary concept :

Rockström J., Steffen W., Noone K., Persson Å., Chapin F.S., Lambin E.F., Lenton T.M., Scheffer M., Folke C., Schellnhuber H.J., Nykvist B., de Wit C.A., Hughes T., van der Leeuw S., Rodhe H., Sörlin S., Snyder P.K., Costanza R., Svedin U., Falkenmark M., Karlberg L., Corell R.W., Fabry V.J., Hansen J., Walker B., Liverman D., Richardson K., Crutzen P. and Foley J.A. (2009). A safe operating space for humanity. Nature 461, pp. 472-475.

 
PFS Seminar by Dr Kanniah Rajasekaran (USDA-ARS, New Orleans)   View Summary
18 August 2014

"Improving Food and Feed Safety - Mitigation of Aflatoxin Contamination"

Dr. Kanniah Rajasekaran (Rajah) is currently a Senior Research Biologist with the Agricultural Research Service, USDA and is located at the Southern Regional Research Center, Food and Feed Safety Research Unit in New Orleans, Louisiana. He obtained his Bachelors and Masters in Agricultural Science from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India and his Ph.D. from The University of Sydney under the tutelage of the Late Professor Michael G. Mullins. Since receiving his Ph.D. from The University of Sydney (1982), Rajah has continued his research on the application of cell/tissue culture and recombinant DNA technology towards genetic improvement of commercially important crops. His seminal work on experimental embryogenesis and genetic improvement of grapes, work done at the University of Sydney, and subsequent work on tissue culture regeneration and genetic transformation of a broad range of commercial cotton varieties including Upland cottons at Phytogen, a biotechnology company in California, are well known and highly cited by the international research community. As an USDA- ARS scientist, his primary research interest is in the control of preharvest aflatoxin contamination in corn, cottonseed, tree nuts, and peanuts through biotechnological means by improving host plant resistance to the saprophytic fungus, Aspergillus flavus. The current focus of his research is on development of transgenic cotton and corn to demonstrate the utility of several antifungal proteins and peptides, naturally occurring or synthetic, for effective control of several fungal pathogens, including Aspergillus flavus. So far, he has published 126 full length publications including 12 U.S. patents (plus >50 international patents), and 150+ conference abstracts. Rajah serves on the editorial boards and a frequent reviewer for several international journals. He also edited two American Chemical Society symposium series books on "Crop Biotechnology" (2002) and "Small Wonders: Peptides for Disease Control" (2012). In addition, Rajah has organized and chaired several other symposia, delivered invited lectures in many schools, universities, industry, research institutes and at national and international meetings and has published numerous invited authoritative reviews and book chapters. Along with his colleagues at SRRC, Rajah interacts with several international research institutes (ICRISAT, IITA), university, and industry collaborators in the USA on aflatoxin control in food and feed crops.