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University of Western Australia, Australia
David Edwards is a Professor at the University of Western Australia. He gained an Honours degree in agriculture from the University of Nottingham and a PhD from the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.
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Since graduating, he has held positions within academia, government and industry. He has published more than 100 journal articles, receives >1500 citations per annum and has an H-index of 41. His research interests include the structure and expression of plant genomes, the discovery and application of genome variation and applied bioinformatics, with a focus on crop plants and accelerating crop improvement in the face of climate change.
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Rodomiro Ortiz is Faculty (Chair) Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
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He holds a PhD in Plant Breeding & Genetics from the Univ. Wisconsin-Madison, and worked as young researcher at UNALM (Perú) and Rutgers Univ., was scientist and director of various CGIAR Consortium Centers, and held a Nordic professorship on plant genetic resources at the then Royal Veterinary and Agricultural Univ. He has written > 800 reports, of which about 50% are journal articles or edited book chapters with h-index of 47. The CGIAR awarded to IITA the prestigious 1994 King Baudouin Award for the multidisciplinary research of the team working in plantain and banana improvement, in which he was program leader. In 2012, Plant Breeding Reviews dedicated him its vol. 36. He is member of CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council.
Zsuzsanna Kolbert, University of Szeged, Hungary
Scientific advisory committee
Senthold Asseng, University of Florida, USA
Molly Brown, University of Maryland, USA
Robin Buell, Michigan State University, USA
Robert Henry, University of Queensland, Australia
José Luis Araus Ortega, University of Barcelona, Spain
Andrew Paterson, University of Georgia, USA
Andrew Sharpe, Global Institute for Food Security, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Kadambot Siddique, University of Western Australia, Australia
Rod Snowdon, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany
Mark Tester, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
Michael Udvardi, Noble Foundation, USA
Rajeev Varshney, ICRISAT, India
Liming Ye, Joint Laboratory of Global Change and Food Security, CAAS, China