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Graham Plastow
Alberta Bovine Genomics Program,
University of Alberta,
Edmonton, AB Canada
Meeting 2050 demand for animal protein
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
3:30 - 4:00 pm

Abstract: Global demand for animal products is predicted to double by 2050, yet available resources - land, water, & energy - are expected to decrease. How can genetics and genomics help satisfy this challenge?
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Graham Plastow, former Chief Technology Officer of Sygen International (one of the world’s largest animal breeding companies when acquired by Genus in 2005) is Director of the Alberta Livestock Program at the University of Alberta. A pioneer of the application of genomics in livestock, he trained in Biology and Genetics at the University of Leicester. He has more than 25 years experience in the management and implementation of multidisciplinary research projects and technology transfer on an international basis. He joined Dalgety’s R&D Centre in the early 1980’s to explore the application of DNA technology in the food industry and was responsible for biotechnology research across the group as well as breakthrough R&D for the agriculture division (agchem, seed, produce, feed, and pig genetics). He was also responsible for developing a group wide food safety policy. He has led or participated in numerous international research collaborations and has held positions on boards and committees of industry and research organizations including the Roslin Institute, the Genesis Faraday Partnership (UK), and the Biotechnology Research and Development Organization in the US.