International Plant & Animal Genome Conference / PAG 32 • January 10-15, 2025  •  San Diego, CA, USA

PAG30 plenary rvarshneyProfessor and Director, Centre for Crop & Food Innovation; Director, State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre; International Chair in Agriculture & Food Security, Food Futures Institute; Murdoch University, Australia

Monday, January 16,  8:00 AM / Town & Country Ballroom

Talk Title: "Genomics for Sustainable Agriculture and Global Food Security"

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Prof. Rajeev Varshney is an agricultural research scientist specializing in genomics and molecular breeding with 20+ years of service in international agriculture while working in India, Germany, Australia, Mexico and several countries in Africa. At present, he is serving Murdoch University (Australia) as a Director, Centre for Crop & Food Innovation; Director, State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre; and International Chair in Agriculture & Food Security with the Food Futures Institute. He is an Honorary or Adjunct Professor with more than 10 universities/organizations in China, Australia, Africa and India.

Prof. Varshney is a globally recognized leader for his work on genome sequencing, cataloguing and utilizing genetic diversity, genomics-assisted breeding, seed system and capacity building in developing countries. He has made centrally important contributions towards improving food and nutrition security in India and several countries in Africa and Asia by assembling genomes, developing genomic resources and integrating genomic technologies in crop improvement programs in many tropical crops, and delivering several superior crop varieties to some of the world’s poorest farmers.

Prof. Varshney is a highly prolific author and Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher for 8 consecutive years in a row. He is an elected fellow to about 10 science and agriculture academies/ societies in India, Germany, USA, Africa. His research work has been recognized with several prestigious awards from USA, Germany, China, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Philippines, UAE, and many countries in Africa including the most coveted science award, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, and the most prestigious agricultural science award, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award from Government of India, International Crop Science Award from USA, Qilu Friendship Award from China. Prof Varshney has been named among the Top 100 scientists from Asia by The Asian Scientist magazine in 2022 and one of 10 most influential Indian scientists by The Times of India, a leading Indian daily newspaper in 2019.

Prof. Varshney has presented research and novel concepts related to food and nutrition security in several high-level fora such as G8 Conference in the World Bank; Digital Design Agriculture Session chaired by Mr. Bill Gates; FAO Conferences in Mexico, Malaysia and Italy; TEDx talk; Ministries of Agriculture, and Science & Technologies in several countries. Further, Prof Varshney’s research and interviews have been published in The Forbes, BBC, The New York Times, The Economist, and many other international print and electronic media (including TV and Radio channels) in several languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Hindi, Chinese, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Swahili, Amharic, Arabic in many countries.