Cambridge, Thursday 22 May 2014 Eagle, an expert provider of bioinformatics software and services across a wide range of the life science and other sectors, and Naturalis Biodiversity Centre are hosting a one day symposium discussing how new scientific techniques, such as bioinformatics can be used to improve current food production methods and provide global food security.
The event, which will be held at the Naturalis Biodiversity in Leiden, Netherlands, on 19 June, will see speakers from a range of companies and organisations discuss the latest bioinformatics approaches used by food producers. Companies and organisations involved include Nestle, Rijk Zwaan, Eagle, Naturalis, Institute of Food Research, FrieslandCampina, Prisma & Associates and Breed4Food and NIZO Food Research.
The talks will look at whether recent revolutions in molecular biology address the issues around improving food production and security, and to what extent is bioinformatics data processing and analysis the key bottleneck to the adoption of these techniques. In the food producing sector the benefits of bioinformatics can range from enhancing the viability of a plant strain, identifying foreign organisms within a food product, or even predicting bottlenecks in the farming process. Through the improvement of existing crops or improved animals we can ensure we are able to produce more and subsequently ensure a greater number are better fed. At the same time, companies can benefit by knowing the potential of bioinformatics, and improving products to have increased shelf life, better taste, and increased vitamin levels.
The speakers include:
- Jo Dicks, Yeast Genomics Project Leader, Institute of Food Research
- Jan Geurts, Principal Scientist Nutritional Sciences/Group Leader Bioinformatics, FrieslandCampina
- Bernard de Geus, Director VLPB, Breed4Food / Virtual Laboratory Plant Breeding
- Barbara Gravendeel, Assistant Professor, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
- Sacha van Hijum, Leader bacterial (meta)genomics group at the Radboudumc and Principa Scientist, NIZO food research / Radbound umc
- Greg LeFebvre, Nestlé
- Will Spooner, CTO, Eagle Genomics
- Remco Ursem, Team Leader Bioinformatics, Rijk Zwaan
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Will Spooner, CTO of Eagle said: “In the 18th century, Thomas Malthus predicted catastrophe caused by an increasing population and limited food supplies. This was avoided through science and innovation, such as the Green Revolution. However, the issue is once again coming to the fore with an ever expanding population and an even greater pressure on limited land and water. While it may not be possible to limit population growth or increase land, science and in particular bioinformatics can provide the tools to avoid catastrophe by improving food security.”