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Dr. François Eudes
Research Scientist,
Agriculture and Agrifood Canada,
Lethbridge, AB Canada
Biotech Applications for Whole Plant Utilization
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
2:30 - 3:00 pm


Abstract: Several crops have a competitive advantage as feedstock supply of a bioenergy-bioproducts economy in the northern latitude and short seasons of jurisdictions such as Canada. One of them is triticale, a more vigorous and high biomass yielding than either of its progenitor species and with an excellent output to input ratio. Lignocellulosic compound is made of lignin (23%), cellulose (C6 glucose polymer, 40.6%) and hemicellulose (C6 and C5 polymers, 27%). Following deconstruction of these polymers, the chemistry of simple sugars can lead to biochemicals and biopolymers, or fermentation for biofuel. The amount of fermentable cellulose and hemicellulose per unit of land or input energy are critical for regional successes of the triticale platform, on a global competition. Genetic engineering tools and applications are being developed and proposed with classical breeding to reduce lignin content, according to studies in model plant species, to enhance the total biomass by over expressing key regulatory genes, and build a cell wall easier to deconstruct in controlled environment. The integration of the biotechnologies, e.g. genomics information and genetic engineering, to this species can accelerate the yield gain and expend the genetic diversity of triticale for designing industrial triticale.
Biography
photo of Francois Edudes
Dr. François Eudes completed an engineering degree in Agronomy in Nancy, France, and a PhD in Plant Science at the University of Laval, Québec, in 1998. He joined Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for a two year postdoctoral fellowship and has been a research scientist in Lethbridge since 2000. His research program includes developing enabling technologies in tissue culture, genetic engineering and their applications in cereals. Dr. Eudes has published 20 papers in the last three years in biotechnology, cell biology and plant disease. His most significant contribution is the development of Cell Penetrating Peptide mediated transfection technology in plants, in particular in isolated uninucleated microspores, leading to a patent and PCT application. He is one of the founders and co-leader of the Canadian Triticale Biorefinery Initiative (CTBI), as one of the two Science Directors. Since 2006, CTBI has secure over 20M$ in grant and contribution from the province of Alberta and the Federal Government.

François Eudes, PhD
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada / Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada
5403 - 1 Avenue South / 5403 1e avenue sud
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada T1J 4B1


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