16:30-17:00 Biologicals for Sustainable Green Agriculture

Presenter:
Prof Felix Dakora
Prof Lise Korsten

Prof Felix Dakora

Prof Dakora obtained his BSc (Hons) degree in Agriculture from the University of Ghana in 1977, an MSc degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 1981, and a PhD in Botany from the University of Western Australia, Perth, 1989. He currently holds a South African Research Chair in Agrochemurgy and Plant Symbioses at the Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa; and is Fellow and President of the African Academy of Sciences. In 2012, he won the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences, and the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Science Excellence Continental Award in 2016. He is a Member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa, Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, and TWAS Fellow.He currently serves as Adjunct Professor to the University of Western Australia for the period June 2012 to May 2021. Prof Dakora’s research has contributed to our current understanding of the signalling and protectant roles of legume molecules such as flavonoids, alkaloids, amino acids, terpenoids and isoflavonoid phytoalexins, as well as of rhizobial metabolites such as lumichrome, riboflavin and indole acetic acid, especially in plant functioning and the expression of bacterial nodulation genes. His research has i) identified legume species and their associated microsymbionts that can serve as biofertilizers for cropping systems in Africa, ii) selected legume varieties and super-smart soil microbes that are tolerant of drought, low pH, high salinity and high temperatures for use in a climate change scenario, and iii) isolated native soil rhizobia that promote increased trace element uptake and accumulation in food legumes for overcoming micronutrient deficiency in Africa. Prof Dakora has published 427 papers (which comprise 119 peer-reviewed journal articles, 16 Book Chapters and 292 peer-reviewed Conference papers/abstracts) and a Book entitled: “Biological Nitrogen Fixation: Towards Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Agriculture” published by Springer.He has an individual H-index of 33, and his work has been cited 4876 times by peers in the discipline. Prof Dakora is passionate about capacity building and has trained 44 postgraduate students (27 master’s and 17 doctoral) from 14 African countries.

Prof Lise Korsten

Prof Korsten is currently responsible for the food safety and regulatory control programmes within the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence Food Security. She is a chief editor of Crop protection and is chairing the International Society for Plant Pathology Task Force on Global Food Security. Prof Korsten has addressed Parliament on Food Safety Control issues and has developed a national framework for Food Control. She is currently driving the Plant Biosecurity programme at the University of Pretoria within the Plant Pathology group in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Prof Korsten developed South Africa’s first biocontrol agent for fruit, registered the produce and was one of the founding members of the SA bioproduct Association. Prof Korsten has also established a fruit health group that focuses on food safety of fresh produce and on Sanitary and Phytosanitary aspects related to international trade. She has focussed her research mainly on complementary fields of postharvest technology and food safety as related to international trade of fresh produce. She has been able to establish research teams in food safety, postharvest technology, biocontrol and mushroom health. As a team they have been able to develop several innovative technologies to reduce disease and prevent product contamination.

The business of biologicals and various green technologies including, BNF, non-chemical technology …

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