International conference on genetic resources to continue amid pandemic covid
reported by: Setiawan Liu
Bogor, May 23, 2021/Indonesia Media – The second international conference on genetic resources and biotechnology will be held on Monday and Tuesday (May 24 – 25), attended by participants from Indonesia and foreign countries, in which Indonesian Agriculture Ministry (Kementan), Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and universities will take part. The most participants come from Indonesian Center for Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetic Resources Research and Development (BB Biogen) under the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (Balitbang), 34 researchers. “The conference had been planned before the pandemic of covid hit the country. Therefore the conference was postponed till May 2021. We will not postpone anymore since this is a regular biennial event. The budget has been provided and we have to utilize it,” said the Public Relation of BB Biogen, Wawan.
Organizing Committee Chair of The Second International Conference on Genetic Resources and Biotechnology
Assalamu’alaykum wr wb.,
Thank you to each and every one of you for being here with us in this virtual conference. My name is Toto Hadiarto, and I am the chair of the organizing committee for this event. On behalf of our organizing committee, let me begin by giving you a warm welcome to The Second International Conference on Genetic Resources and Biotechnology. This conference is organized by Indonesian Center for Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetic Resources Research and Development under the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development in collaboration with Indonesian Biotechnology Consortium. The theme of our conference is Harnessing Technology for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. In this two-day conference, we will learn about five topics of effective management of conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources for food and agriculture, application of genomics and molecular markers for genetic resource conservation and crop adaptation to climate change, application of innovative crop improvement techniques for conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, plant cell and tissue culture for conservation and effective utilization of genetic resources, and the use of microbial genetic resources as biological control agents of agricultural pests and diseases, and for soil bioremediation. We will hear from our six invited speakers from different countries of Indonesia, the United States of America, Japan, India, and Australia about their expertise and knowledge on the subjects in the plenary sessions. This conference is attended by a total of 120 participants including 75 presenters and 45 listeners worldwide. They come from diverse governmental, private, or academic institutions and also scientific communities. The presenters will share their scientific information and technological developments in five classes of parallel sessions. All participants will be encouraged to exchange their knowledge, ideas and thoughts in the discussion in each session.
In this conference, the presented materials have undergone peer review processes and only qualified papers were selected. Furthermore, all papers are subjected to double blind peer-review and are expected to meet the scientific criteria of significance and academic excellence to be published in AIP Conference Proceedings series. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our speakers, presenters and all participants for their contributions in this conference. I would also like to express my 4 appreciation for the generosity of our sponsors that support this conference. They are PT CropLife, PT ITS Science Indonesia, PT Fajar Mas Murni and PT Prima Instrument Analitika. My special thanks to all committee members for their exceptional work to make this event happen. I hope that this event will be successful and collaboration both nationally and globally can possibly be developed.
Dr. Toto Hadiarto
The Chair of Organizing Committee