Plenary Speaker

Prof. Hisayoshi Hayashi

Prof. Hisayoshi Hayashi

Professor of Biosphere Resource Science and Technology Program, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan
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Biography: Dr. Hisayoshi Hayashi graduated from the University of Tsukuba in 1980. After working as an extension officer for a year in Nagano Prefecture he moved to Chushin Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), where he was a member of the station’s department of field crop cultivation for six years. He then moved to the University of Tsukuba, where he is a professor and head of the Crop Science laboratories, now. He is the president of Japanese Society of Farm Work Research, too. His research focuses on the development and evaluation of sustainable, environmentally friendly production systems for both major crops and regional specialty crops. The effects of farm work on the human mind is one of his important research objectives, too.



Prof. Gary Banuelos

Prof. Gary Banuelos

United States Department of Agriculture, United States
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Biography: Dr. Bañuelos has conducted scientific research for almost 28 years with the USDA-ARS as a Plant/Soil Scientist and Adjunct Professor for California State University and teaches guest Professor in Switzerland, China and Chile. He has focused his activities on the phytoremediation of soils and waters laden with selenium, boron and salinity, as well as the biofortification of food crops with selenium. His integrated approach to field phytoremediation and biofortification involves more than just the selection of crops, but also considers crop rotation, irrigation and drainage management, natural chemical transformation processes within the soil, grower acceptance, and the production of innovative biofortified and biobased products, e.g., biofuel, Se-enriched feeds and vegetables. He strives on creating a functional agriculture strategy for phytomanaging trace elements worldwide and increasing biofortification generating plants that biofortify themselves with selenium and other nutrients during their growth in selenium rich soils. His strong cooperation with Chinese scientists, professors and graduate students for the last 15 years has contributed to the development of selenium biofortification strategies throughout selenium rich and deficient regions of China, as well has led to the organization of six international selenium conferences in China and Brazil. He is author/ co-author of over 250 refereed journal articles, senior editor on six books, and has five patents on alternative crops.