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Session 3: Agriculture & Nutrition

Session 3: Agriculture & Nutrition

Title : Doubling Crop Productivity And Ensuring Nutritional Security

Moderator : Dr Ganesh Kishore

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  • TOM: Highlight key milestones balance in our pipeline between > $300 mm in commercial sales today plus next generation seed traits for increased ethanol per acre plus transformative biofuel technologies for biobutanol and cellulose conversion. highlight timing for biobutanol – demonstration plant and market introduction within 24 months.

09 CeoMeeting- Session 3- Dr. Kishore 09 CeoMeeting- Session 3- Dr. Kishore Presentation Transcript

  • Agriculture “ Doubling Crop Productivity and Ensuring Nutritional Security ” Dr. Ganesh M Kishore October 6, 2009 Kuala Lumpur
  • CEO’s Life Sciences Conference
    • Agenda :
    • Special Speakers :
    • Y. Bhg. Dato’ Mohd Mokhtar
    • Dr. David Fischhoff
    • Panel Speakers :
    • Dr. Daphne Preuss
    • Dr. Hari Krishna
    • Dr. Gautham Nadig
    • Panel Discussion - All
  • Agriculture – Doubling Crop Productivity and ensuring nutritional security "civilization as it is known today could not have evolved, nor can it survive, without an adequate food supply”. "The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind.” Dr. Norman Borlaug
  • Significant gap – Supply & Demand
  • Productivity Varies Tremendously by Country Metric Tons per Hectare … Creating a Significant Opportunity for enhancement The Top 10 Countries 8.93 8.54 7.80 7.24 6.96 6.52 5.29 4.81 4.18 3.69 28.7 0.7 1.2 1.7 1.2 2.3 0.4 24.1 1.1 1.1 Corn Hectares (Million)
  • Leveraging the genomic information Arabidopsis thaliana Rice Maize Poplar Several photosynthetic eukaryotic unicellular genomes also sequenced Has the potential to accelerate trait discovery and breeding Palm Sorghum Plant Base Pairs Genes Arabidopsis thaliana 125 million 28,000 Rice 390 million 37,544 Maize 2500 million 50,000 Poplar 480 million 32,000 Palm ~ 1800 million ?
  • Most breeders have accessed a narrow allelic pool Courtesy: Steve Tanksley Sunflower
  • Oil Palm – The Miracle Crop!
  • Harvesting Solar Energy has the Best Potential to Sustainably deliver Global Food, Energy and Material Needs Harvesting the Sun … Leveraging Nature Solar Panel Electricity Higher Plants Chemicals Microbes Biological harvesting is the best known mechanism to produce portable chemical energy, food, feed and fiber sustainably
  • Metabolic Syndrome – A major health issue
    • The need
    • Vascular health and metabolic syndrome afflicts nearly 40 percent of adult population
    • Societal expenditure already reaching $ 1 Trillion per annum
    • Aging population, sedentary life style will place additional burden
    • The opportunity
    • Diet and life style based solutions to manage onset
    • Personalization, leveraging genomic tools
    • Prevention orientation to enhance quality of life