Alexandre MarquesAlexandre Marques: I am a nature conservationist and this mission motivates me in performing my research. I see ISSS 2017 as the closest and most powerful way to reach broader audiences with my research. During high school, biotechnological innovations captivated me to do the bachelors in Biology at UFBA in my hometown (Salvador – Bahia – Brazil). News about cloning, genome sequencing and transgenes were super fascinating. I started the bachelor in Biology with a passion for the bio-techniques but during the course I got passionate by nature itself. Learning about all that biodiversity, complexity and fragility triggered me to work on nature conservation. Later on, I engaged in Plant Genetic Resources master program in the UEFS (Feira de Santana – Bahia – Brazil) where I learnt about plant conservation and molecular biology during my research with seed germination under drought stress. I noticed that seed desiccation sensitivity was a major issue for plant conservation. Almost half of tree species in tropical rain forests have these seeds. They cannot be dried and stored. Therefore, these species face imminent risk of extinction due to deforestation and climate changes. Then, I decided to understand and tackle this problem by doing a PhD in the Seed Lab at the Wageningen University (The Netherlands) with a focus on Desiccation Sensitivity Seeds.
Andrea LoayzaAndrea Loayza is a biologist interested in the ecology of seed dispersal, conservation and population biology. She has worked with the demographic consequences of bat- and bird-dispersal in tropical savannas and neo-tropical forests. Currently, she works at Universidad de La Serena in Chile with seed dispersal of tropical relicts in arid environments. These species, which are considered seed dispersal anachronisms, are solely dispersed by scatter-hoarding rodents that also act as seed predators. Hence, the costs and benefits of this animal-plant interaction are not always evident, and is often mediated by seed size. Andrea completed her B.S. in Universidad Mayor de San Andres In Bolivia, and both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of Missouri in St. Louis.
Anne PollardAnnie Pollard is a Ph.D. candidate in Soil Science at Washington State University. Since joining Washington State University in 2014 as an ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) scholar, she has been studying the influence of soil microorganisms on chlorosis of Concord grapevines and more recently, the interaction between soil fungi and dormant weed seeds in the soil seedbank. Annie earned her B.S. in Biology (magna cum laude) from the University of New Mexico and obtained her M.S. in Soil and Land Resources from the University of Idaho, where she researched biological control of a pathogenic nematode using soil fungi and reviewed the fate of chemicals of emerging concern in dairy manure-amended soils.
Buzi RavivBuzi Raviv is an early career seed scientist from Israel. He completed his B.Sc. in the Faculty of Agriculture at the Hebrew University, Israel. As a final project for the bachelor he studied germination traits of Chromosomal Arm Substitution Lines between Durum and Wild Wheat, focusing on drought resistance and ability to germinate from various depths. Buzi completed his M.Sc at Sede Boqer campus, Ben Gurion University, Israel, where he studied reproductive barriers in Ziziphus jujuba (Chinese date) in order to optimize fruit set and yields of this drought tolerant fruit tree. In his Ph.D. project at Prof. Gideon Grafi’s lab, he returned to the seed realm and he investigates the biological activities in dead maternal organs encapsulating embryos of Brassicaceae species and grasses. He and his colleagues discovered that these dead organs can store a set of active proteins for prolonged periods under natural conditions. The main focus of his work is to investigate the possible roles of these proteins in seed longevity, germination and seedling establishment.
Raviv, B., Granot, G., Chalifa-Caspi, V., & Grafi, G. (2017). The dead, hardened floral bracts of dispersal units of wild wheat function as storage for active hydrolases and in enhancing seedling vigor. PloS one, 12(5), e0177537.
Raviv, B., Aghajanyan, L., Granot, G., Makover, V., Frenkel, O., Gutterman, Y., & Grafi, G. (2017). The dead seed coat functions as a long-term storage for active hydrolytic enzymes. PloS one, 12(7), e0181102.
Dongfang “Emily” ZhouEmily Zhou is currently a PhD student in Horticulture from Virginia Tech, USA. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Inner Mongolia University of Science & Technology, China, and Master of Science degree in Horticulture from Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on seed germination and seed ecology test, also effect of plants (special trees) on nitrogen and phosphorus removal in bioretention cells. She is also working on the agriculture extension programs.
Érica Leão-AraújoÉrica Leão-Araújo graduated in 2010 as an Agronomist from State University of Goiás, at this time working with seed production and technology, especially with seed dormancy of native species. Master´s in Plant Production by São Paulo State University – Unesp, in 2012, the subject of these degree was on physiological potencial of cultivated species. Between 2012 and 2015, I worked in soybean seed planning, quality control and production area at DuPont Pioneer Brazil. In 2015 I started as a professor at the agronomy department of Goiano Federal Institute, with teaching, research and extension activities in seed production and technology. At this Institute, until today, I am developing research with efficiency vigor tests in cultivated species. In 2016 I started my PhD at the Federal University of Goiás and the research for the thesis is on native Brazilian Savana specie that has seeds with recalcitrant behavior (Campomanesia adamantium, Myrtaceae). The main objectives of the research in Brazil are to evaluate the critical water levels and the effects of desiccation on the seed viability, vigor and internal morphology (evaluated by means of X – ray images) of the seeds.
Inmaculada Sanchez-VicenteInmaculada Sánchez-Vicentec is a Plant Physiology Research at the Spanish-Portuguese Agriculture Research Institute (CIALE). She received her B.S. degree in Biology (2011), her master´s degree in Agrobiotechnology (2012) and recently, her Ph.D. in Agrobiotechnology (2017) at the University of Salamanca. During the Ph.D (supervised by Prof. Óscar Lorenzo) her research has focused on the study of nitric oxide regulation mechanisms during seed development and germination using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model plant.
Kamble NitinKamble Nitin obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biotechnology from the Savitribai Phule Pune University (Formerly known as University of Pune, Maharashtra, India). He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Seed Biology in Dr. Majee’s lab at National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi (India). His current research is focusing on the role and regulation of PROTEIN L-ISOASPARTYL O-METHYLTRANSFERASE (PIMT) in rice, in perspective of seed desiccation tolerance and seed longevity.
Masoume AmirkhaniMasoume Amirkhaniis a Postdoc in the Horticulture Section of Cornell University. Her research program is in Seed Science and Technology Laboratory of New York State Agriculture Experimental Station where the focus is in “Modern Seed Technology”. She actively working in different projects of Dr. Taylor’s Lab., including organic seed treatments using plant based biostimiulators and developing drought resistant seed coating formula for cover crops and cooperating in seed coat permeability project. She completed her Ph.D in Rangeland Sciences with focus on Plant regeneration systems by seed, tissue culture and somatic embryogenesis at Gorgan Agriculture and Natural Resources University in Iran and was an Assistant Professor at UMA in Iran before joining Cornell University in 2014. Her research interests are on seed technology, seed coating and pelleting formulation, seedling enhancement, seed physiology and biology, Seed ecology, plant abiotic stress and land restoration.
You can follow Masi’s publications in the link bellow: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Masoume_Amirkhani