2019 Speakers

Yinghua Huang

Speaker at Plant Biology and Biotechnology 2019 - Yinghua Huang
USDA-ARS, Oklahoma State University, United States
Title : Omics approaches to plant genetics and crop improvement

Abstract:

Omics sciences represent new disciplines for comprehensive studies of an organism at various molecular levels, and these newly developing omics technologies primarily focus analysis of DNA, mRNA, proteins and metabolites in individuals of life.  Thus, the omics sciences have four major components: genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics, and nowadays the integrated omics technologies are revolutionizing the ways we study biology and biological systems. While omic studies in the areas of plant genetics and crop improvement are relatively new, these advancing technologies are the rapidly expanding areas of research and enable a system biology approach toward a better understanding of the sophisticated relationships between genes, proteins and metabolites and the resulted phenotypes. For example, information generated using those technologies allow us to identify genes and related expression products, i.e. proteins and metabolites, that are responsible for host plant defense against harmful insects and diseases and to identify important regulatory networks that are governing innate genetic mechanisms to protect plants from attack by external biotic and abiotic attacks, thus offering valuable information for the development of now crops with rationale design. These powerful omics technologies can complement the traditional crop breeding methods to facilitate crop improvement and efficient development of our food crops that are resistant to various stresses but give higher yield and better nutritional value. These cutting-edge technologies are leading to a true application of molecular knowledges in plant biology and modern sustainable agriculture
Take Away Notes:
• This report introduces the development of omics technologies and their impacts in studies of plant genetics and crop improvement.
• This presentation will discuss recent progresses and current challenges of omics technologies in relation to their application in plant biology, agricultural, and environmental sciences, which provides valuable insights into the applications of modern omics technologies to real-world problems in the life sciences.
• The audience will acquire the up-to-date knowledge of omics technologies, which will offer them the most efficient, cost-effective tools and environmentally friendly strategy for facilitating crop improvement and ensuring the sustainable agriculture.

Biography:

Dr. Yinghua Huang is a Research Geneticist for U.S. Department of Agriculture and serves as the Lead Scientist for the Plant Genetics Program. Before 2002, he served as faculty member for Oklahoma State University for ten years and now remains an Adj. Professor at the university. He serves as a member of editorial boards for several scientific journals. He has published more than 80 research articles. He earned a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University. His scientific background is in plant genetics and molecular biology, and he has considerable research experience in plant biotechnology, genomics, and crop improvement.

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