Keynote Speakers


Alan B. Bennett

University of California, Davis

Intellectual property rights on GMOS and CRISPR

Alan B. Bennett is Distinguished  Professor of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Professor Alan Bennett is a member of the Plant Sciences Department at UC Davis and founding Executive Director of the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA). His research and publications range from plant cell wall disassembly to public policy issues for agriculture. 

Steven E. Lindow

University of California, Berkeley

Missing opportunities from ICE-minus to Pierce's

Steven E. Lindow is Professor, Executive Associate Dean, College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Lindow research group studies epiphytic bacteria that live on healthy plants' surfaces, emphasizing bacteria active in ice nucleation, causing frost damage to plants. They also study plant pathogenic bacteria that inhabit plant surfaces before infection. They use molecular genetic and ecological approaches to study how epiphytic bacteria interact with other microorganisms on plants, and with the plants on which they live. They seek to better understand adaptations epiphytic bacteria have evolved to exploit this unique habitat. Steven has been the first person to have a GMO tested in the field.


Brian Staskawicz

University of California, Berkeley

Science and applications of
new technologies: Evidence from CRISPR

Brian Staskawicz is Maxine J. Elliot Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Staskawicz is using CRISPR to develop disease resistant cassava. Research in the Staskawicz laboratory is focused on elucidating the molecular basis of plant innate immunity from the perspective of both the pathogen and the host. The lab has emphasized the identification and characterization of bacterial effector proteins from both Pseudomonas syringae and Xanthomonas spp. with respect to the molecular events that control delivery of effector proteins to host and their sites of action within the plant host. The lab has studied the dual phenotype of bacterial effectors with regards to both virulence and their ability to trigger effector-mediated immunity when they are recognized by their cognate NB-LRR plant innate immune receptors. Furthermore, researchers in the lab have now set out to apply basic discoveries in the field of molecular plant pathology to engineer durable resistance in agronomic crop species.


Keynote Speakers - ICABR