Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Emerging Technologies for Plant Protein Quality-Based Supply Chains – Global Crops at the Plant Protein Science and Technology Forum

The Plant Protein Science and Technology Forum's second week and will look at the plant protein industry from a global perspective.

Join the live session on October 15, Emerging Technologies for Plant Protein Quality-Based Supply Chains – Global Crops, to hear from experts and participate in the discussion that will build on Tuesday’s discussion about the U.S. soy industry. This session will present assessment technologies currently in place as well as emerging technologies that are demonstrating a marked impact on protein quality improvement in a variety of crops grown globally.  Crops that will be addressed include pea, lentil, canola, fava bean and lupin and technologies span from the applications in crop production to the human digestive system.  

Presenter spotlight: Tom Warkentin, Ph.D.

Professor, Crop Development Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

  • Progress on breeding pea for protein, yield, and agronomic performance
  • Progress on understanding genetic control of protein concentration and other traits in pea
  • Multi-disciplinary approach to improving pea protein concentration and quality

Meet Dr. Warkentin

1) What discoveries from your previous research inform the work you plan to discuss at the 2020 Plant Protein Science and Technology Forum?
My presentation’s title is “Breeding pea for improved protein concentration and quality.” My previous research includes published papers on quantitative trait locus and genome-wide association study analyses for multiple traits in peas, including protein concentration.

2) What is the significance of the research you plan to discuss at the 2020 Plant Protein Science and Technology Forum, either for future research routes or for real-world applications?
Developing pea varieties with increased protein concentration and quality will be beneficial for the protein fractionation industries, food companies and consumers.

3) Describe the biggest problem you encountered and solved during your most recent project? 
Crop science fieldwork is always exposed to the vagaries of weather, and researchers must be prepared and flexible.

4) What excites you about your work?
Collaborative work to address complex real-world problems excites me most about my work.

5) What do you like to do when you are not in the lab or presenting at meetings?
I love to spend time with my grandchildren. 

This session is on October 15, but there are more high-quality sessions scheduled throughout the month of October. Find out more about the full technical program.

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