India:Plant science for food security and nutrition

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Ctr for Plant Sciences


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10 25 50
Description Biosoil consortium meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Informal meeting of 5 invited speakers; 3 UK 2 international to present work in the area of closed loop P recycling. Research talks (including a presentation on work done in this project) were open to audience of postgraduate students across the University of Leeds. Closed discussion amongst the invited speakers about potential collaboration and possible funding pplications
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
Description Discovery Zone 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Stall in Faculty Discovery Zone for KS2 and KS3 children from local schools. About how we can use photosynthetic organisms to recover phosphate from waste water and use for fertiliser
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
Description Workshop on Plant Science for Food Security and Nutrition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Programme
Workshop on Plant Science for Food Security and Nutrition
University of Leeds and ICRISAT 13th June 2018 Weetwood Hall Leeds

9.10 Welcome (Prof Alison Baker)

Session 1: The semi arid tropics- challenges and solutions (Chair Prof Alison Baker)
9.15 Dr Nigel Poole- Former Chair of the ICRISAT Governing Board.

9.25 Prof Rajeev Varshney, Research Program Director - Genetic Gains ICRISAT
Accelerating Genetic Gains in dryland crops

9.50 Prof. Lindsay Stringer, Prof in Environment and Development, Sustainability Research Institute Leeds.
What works in dryland research for development?

10.15 Dr Nedumaran Swamikannu Senior Scientist - Economics ICRISAT
Climate change impacts and vulnerability of fallow-chickpea based farming system in Semi-arid tropics of India.

10.40 Dr Jana Kholova, Senior Scientist - Crop Physiology ICRISAT
Research for impact - contribution of GxExMxS team

11.05 Coffee and networking

Session 2 Underpinning Science for ICRISAT Mandate Crops (Chair Dr Stefan Kepinski)

11.20 Dr Tom Bennett, University Academic Fellow, Centre for Plant sciences, Leeds
Decision making and risk aversion in plant growth and development

11.45 Dr Pooja Bhatnagar, Theme Leader -Cell, Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering ICRISAT
Biotechnological interventions for intractable traits in SAT crops- discovery to translation

12.10 Ms Anu Chitikineni, Senior Manager - Center of Excellence in Genomics & Systems Biology ICRISAT
Sequencing Informatics Services at ICRISAT: An example of sequencing based trait mapping in peanut

12.35 Dr Lekha Pazhamala, DST Women Scientist, Center of Excellence in Genomics & Systems Biology, ICRISAT.
Deciphering the dynamic biology of Pigeonpea environment sensitive male sterile line

13.00 Lunch hot buffet. Networking and poster viewing

Session 3 Seeds (chair Prof Brendan Davies?)
14.00 Dr Thomas Falk, Senior Scientist - Ecosystem Service and Natural Resources Governance, ICRISAT
The impact of multi-layer governance on the adoption of seed innovations

14.25 Dr Chris West, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Plant Sciences, Leeds
The regulation of seed germination and the molecular factors that influence seed longevity

14.50 Dr Manish Pandey, Senior Scientist - Groundnut Genomics, ICRISAT
Finding sustainable solution to Aflatoxin contamination and allergens in peanut through omics approaches

15.10 Dr Yun Yun Gong, Associate Professor, School of Food Science and Nutrition
Aflatoxin exposure in developing countries and its health consequence on child malnutrition

15.25 Dr Rachit Saxena, Senior Scientist - Pigeonpea Genomics
Genomics for enhancing breeding efficiency in pigeonpea

15.50 Tea and networking

Session 4 Plants, Environment and systems (Chair Dr Katie Field)

16.10 Dr Martin Dallimer Associate Professor in Environmental Change, Sustainability Research Institute Leeds.
Approaches to understanding the environmental and economic impact of migratory crop pests in sub-Saharan Africa.

16.35 Prof Paul Knox, Professor of Plant Cell Biology Director, Centre for Plant Sciences Leeds
Soil-binding factors released from cereal roots

17.00 Dr Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso Lecturer, Centre for Plant Sciences, Leeds
Regulation of macromolecular cell-to-cell transport, root development and environmental responses.

17.25 Round up/discussion

17.45 drinks, posters and networking

19.30 Dinner

Day 2
Workshop on Plant Science for Food Security and Nutrition
University of Leeds and ICRISAT
14th June

Breakout sessions and Early Career Networking and collaboration event

Breakout discussions:
3 sessions 9.15- 10.45 and 11.15-12.45
Topics will be gathered during the first day. People can move between groups and/or topics can change after the break.


Dr Tom Bennett (CPS)
Dr Chris West (CPS)
Dr Martin Dallimer (SRI)
Prof A Baker (CPS)
Dr K. Field (CPS)
Prof C. Foyer (CPS)
Prof Paul Knox (CPS)
Prof L. Stringer (SRI)
Dr Y. Benitez-Alfonso (CPS)
Prof J. Denecke (CPS)
Prof B. Davies (CPS)
Dr Yun Yun Gong (Food)
Dr S. Kepinski (CPS)

Prof Rajeev Varshney
Dr Nedumaran Swamikannu
Dr Jana Kholova
Dr Pooja Bhatnagar
Ms Anu Chitikineni
Dr Thomas Falk
Dr Manish Pandey
Dr Rachit Saxena
Dr Lekha Pazhamala

Dr Ellen Hewitt, Ms Samatha Aspinall., Ms Helen Rajabi

Early Career Networking event (12-15 people)
9.30-12.30 ish

Faciliated and delivered by Dr Ged Hall OPDL
To bring together CPS early career researchers and their ICRISAT counterparts to network and consider collaborations especially those that could be catalyzed by the India Partnering Award.

ICRISAT participants
Pooja Sooni
Aamir Khan
CPS participants from the 12 PhD students/post docs currently signed up to day 1

Lunch 12.45
14.00 Depart for University for tour of facilities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018