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Associate Professor Dr. MARIA ANTONIETTA GERMANA

"Haploid technology as valuable support to plant breeding in Citrus and other fruit crops"

Associate Professor of Horticulture;  Coordinator of the International PhD course "Mediterranean Fruit crops";  Coordinator of the International PhD course "Mediterranean Biodiversity" from 2016

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL, FOOD AND FOREST SCIENCES (SAAF), University of Palermo, Palermo, ITALY

Maria Antonietta Germana in 1984-2002 was Researcher C.N.R. Istituto di Ricerca per la Genetica degli Agrumi (formerly Centro di Studio per il Miglioramento Genetico degli Agrumi Palermo). Since 2001 she has been Visiting Scientist in Plant Develop. and Nuclear Organiz. Centro de Invest. Biologicas CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigacao Cientifica) in Madrid. In 1996 Ms Germana was Visiting Scientist in Citrus Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Chongqing of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Bejing. In 1982 she had I.C.E. fellowship (CORCE) with  final stage in Venezuela. In 1980 Ms Germana obtained qualification to practise the profession agronomist and  Degree in Agricultural Science (110/110 cum Laude).

Since 2006 Dr. Germana has been  supervisor of 13 PhD theses and Co-supervisor of 3 PhD theses, President of the doctoral dissertation committee at the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain in the PROGRAMA DE DOCTORADO EN BIOTECNOLOGÍA, Component of the doctoral dissertation commitee at the Humboldt-Universität of Berlin, Torino, Perugia, Viterbo, External evaluator of doctoral theses in Italy, Spain, Germany and India, External evaluator of international research proposals (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), INCT Program (National Institutes of Science and Technology, the most important Brasilian funding program for basic and applied research), and evaluator of the NIST (National Science And Technology Institute) citrus programme, at the Centro APTA CITROS ´Sylvio Moreira´, Cordeiropolis, Brazil, Member of Technical Review Panel University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Pakistan), to evaluate the progress and achievements of faculty Member during their Tenure Track period, for Mid Term Probationary Review, Scientific Coordinator for the University of Palermo of 9 Scientific Cooperation Agreements (Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, India, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Pakistan, Spain).

Since 2011 she has been  Associate Editor of the journal Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC), Journal of Plant Biotechnology.

She has been referee of the following scientific journal:  Trends in Plant Science, Plant Cell Reports, Plant Science, Tree Genetics and Genomes, Plant Cell, Tissue & Organ Culture,  Plant Breeding, Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science,  Hortscience,  Acta Physiologiae Plantarum,  Australian Journal of Agricultural Research,  Acta Biologica Cracoviensia, Series Botanica,  Scientia Horticulturae,  Bioelectromagnetics,  In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology - Plant,  Italus Hortus.

Author or Co-Author of more than 220 papers and reports.

Professor Dr. ALEXANDER VAINSTEIN

"Specialized metabolic pathways: cues controlling floral scent and color production"

THE ROBERT H.SMITH INSTITUTE OF PLANT SCIENCES AND GENETICS IN AGRICULTURE, FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT,  The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel

Prof. Alexander Vainstein received his B.Sc. in physics and Ph.D. in biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His postdoctoral studies at UCLA led to an interest in plant molecular biology, eventually resulting in his current professorial tenure at the Hebrew University's Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Prof. Vainstein is the incumbent of the Wolfson Family Chair in Floriculture and served as a visiting professor at USDA and SUNY. He has published more than 140 scientific papers and books, developed 6 patents and has served as Head of the Hebrew University Graduate Horticulture Program, Graduate Plant Sciences Program and Graduate Biotechnology Program, Head of The Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and as President of the Israeli Society of Plant Sciences.

Professor Dr. SHRI MOHAN JAIN 

"Genetic Diversity, erosion and  Conservation under the Climate Change"

Consultant and Plant biotechnologist, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, Helsinki, FINLAND 

Professor Shri Mohan Jain  received M. Phil, 1973 and Ph.D., 1978, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Israel, USA, and visiting scientist/Professor in Japan, Malaysia, Germany, and Italy. He was a Technical Officer, Plant Breeding and Genetics, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria, 1999-2005. The researcher is a member of International Association of Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology; editorial Board member of Euphytica, In Vitro, Propagation of Ornamental Plants, Emirates J. Food and Agriculture, and a series on Forest Biotechnology; reviewer in Plant cell and organ culture, Plant cell reports, Agri Gene, Environmental Pollution, and Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research B. His publications are more than 160 in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings, and edited 55 books on In vitro haploid production (6 volumes), somatic embryogenesis (6 volumes), Genetic diversity and erosion (2 volumes), Biodiversity and conservation, Advances in Plant Breeding (5 volumes), protocols for somatic embryogenesis (2 volumes), date palm biotechnology (2 volumes), medicinal plants, and few others; invited speaker and acted as a Chair person in several international conferences worldwide. He was awarded Nobel Peace Prize, 2005 in commemoration the awarding to IAEA of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2005; also former consultant to IAEA, the European Union, The Government of Grenada, Iranian date palm Company and the Egyptian Government. Currently his research interests are in somatic embryogenesis, organogenesis, haploidy, somatic cell hybridization, somaclonal variation and mutagenesis mainly in medicinal plants, date palm, and banana genetic improvement; ; genetic diversity, erosion, conservation, and utilization in the context of climate change and food and nutritional security.