Speakers

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Conference Chair

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Shelagh Kell
The University of Birmingham

Shelagh Kell PhD is a Research Fellow and Project Manager in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham in the UK, Chair of the Genetic Resources section of the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA), Editor-in-Chief of Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization, published by Cambridge University Press, and Research Supervisor and Examiner, Centre for Environment, Development and Policy, School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London. She has previously worked with the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Bioversity International, United Nations Development Programme, and International Union for Conservation of Nature. Shelagh has 25 years of experience in the field of plant genetic resources conservation and sustainable use, both within and outside Europe—including missions to China, the Indian Ocean, the Fertile Crescent and Central and South America—and has co-led three EU-funded collaborative projects in which strategies for plant genetic resources conservation and sustainable use in Europe have been progressively developed. Her interest in plant genetic resources was sparked by a year working at Cambridge Botanic Garden in the UK after moving out of a career in the theatre, and this was followed by four years studying and working at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew before gaining a MSc in Conservation and Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources at the University of Birmingham. Shelagh is a citizen of Europe and of the European Union.
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Welcome to our conference. We are delighted to present an impressive line-up of speakers who are stakeholders and leading experts in aspects of global in situ and on-farm conservation, management and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.

Keynote speakers

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Session 1

Kent Nnadozie
FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Dr Kent Nnadozie is the Secretary of the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Over the last two decades, Mr Nnadozie has worked on legal and policy matters and intergovernmental processes, with both the International Treaty and FAO’s Commission for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Before joining FAO, Mr Nnadozie was in private legal practice and academic research. A lawyer by training, Mr Nnadozie holds a Doctorate in Law (PhD) from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, with a focus on international relations and international legal issues related to genetic resources. Mr Nnadozie also has a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a bachelor’s degree in Law.
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Session 2

Stef de Haan
Centro Internacional de la Papa

Stef de Haan has 25 years of experience in agricultural research and development with emphasis on community-level mapping of climate change impacts, agrobiodiversity, land use, food systems and human nutrition in mountain regions and vulnerable communities. He works for the International Potato Center (CIP) in Peru and coordinates the Andean Initiative with emphasis on agrobiodiversity conservation and use, participatory climate action, and sustainable food systems. Stef’s current areas of research include seed systems, farmer agrobiodiversity use, food and nutrition security, and food system transitions. He previously worked with the Dutch development cooperation (1998–2002) in the Andean region, CIP (2002–2015) in Peru, and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Vietnam (2015–2019). He holds a PhD in Biosystematics and a MSc in Agroecology from Wageningen University, as well as a BSc in Agronomy.
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Session 3

Ronnie Vernooy
The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

Ronnie Vernooy, a Dutch national, joined Bioversity International (now the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT) in October 2011. He has worked on questions related to the conservation and sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity for more than 30 years in countries such as China, Mongolia, Nepal, Nicaragua, South Africa and Vietnam. His work focuses on the policy and legal aspects of the safeguarding and sustainable use of plant genetic resources, both ex situ and in situ, from local to international levels. One topic of particular interest is community seedbanks (as a form of collective action) and their roles in providing a voice and choice to farmers to keep local crop diversity and associated knowledge in their own hands and alive. From 1992 until 2010, he was a senior programme specialist with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada, specializing in community-based natural resource management. Since August 2017, he has been hosted by the Centre for Development Innovation of Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands.
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Session 4

Nigel Maxted
The University of Birmingham

Nigel Maxted, Professor of Plant Genetic Conservation at the University of Birmingham, has professional expertise in conservation planning, and in in situ and ex situ plant genetic resources conservation and sustainable use. He has led a number of national and international research and collaborative projects addressing in situ and ex situ conservation of plant genetic resources in Europe, Asia and Africa, and has worked with a number of international agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (later Bioversity International), the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Nigel is active in a number of committees, including as Chair of the Wild Species Conservation in Genetic Reserves Working Group of the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources, Chair of the UK Government advisory committee on plant genetic resources, Co-Chair of the Crop Wild Relative Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, and International Scientific Advisor for The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. He has published 25 books, including most recently, Plant Genetic Conservation for Cambridge University Press, and more than 350 scientific papers.
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Session chairs

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Session 1

Chikelu Mba
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Chikelu Mba leads the Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources Team of the Plant Production and Protection Division of FAO, which serves as the Secretariat for the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources of FAO’s Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The Team is responsible for the organization’s work on crop improvement, particularly through strengthening human and institutional capacities of Member Countries in the conservation of plant genetic resources, their use in breeding progressively superior crop varieties, and the delivery of quality seeds to farmers. Prior to joining FAO over 11 years ago, he led the Plant Breeding and Genetics Laboratory of the Agriculture and Biotechnology Laboratories of the Joint FAO and the International Atomic Energy Agency Centre for Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, Austria. Previously, he worked at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia, where he was Coordinator of the Cassava Biotechnology Network for Latin America and the Caribbean. Earlier, still in his native Nigeria, he was Plant Breeder Geneticist and Cassava Programme Coordinator at the National Root Crops Research Institute. Chike holds a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics, a PGD in Education, and a BSc in Botany, and has published extensively on PGRFA management and aspects of crop improvement.
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Susanne Barth
Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority

Susanne Barth works with Teagasc, The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority, as a crop geneticist. She graduated with a degree in Agricultural Sciences from Hohenheim University in Germany, where she also obtained a PhD in Plant Breeding. Susanne’s research programme is focused on various grasses, forages and cereals, and she has a particular interest in the conservation and utilization of genetic resources – including in situ conservation strategies. Susanne is the in situ conservation task leader of the Forages Working Group of the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR), and serves on the Genetic Resources Advisory Board of the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
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Anna Palmé
Nordic Genetic Resource Center

Anna Palmé is a Senior Scientist at the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen). She is responsible for the forage and industrial crop collection at NordGen’s genebank, with a special focus on Nordic crop wild relatives. Anna has a PhD in genetics from Uppsala University and experience in genetic resources conservation and in using genetic markers to answer ecological and evolutionary questions. She is Chair of the ECPGR Forage Working Wroup and a member of the Swedish National Gene Bank reference group. Currently she is coordinating two Nordic projects on crop wild relatives and since 2015, has coordinated several Nordic cooperation efforts on the same theme. The focus of the projects has been on in situ and ex situ conservation, communication, and facilitating use.
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Parthenopi Ralli
Hellenic Agricultural Organization – DIMITRA

Parthenopi Ralli PhD is an Associate Researcher at the Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources of the Hellenic Agricultural Organization – DIMITRA and the Manager of the Greek Genebank. She received her diploma from the Faculty of Agricultural Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, her MSc in Applied Genetics and Biotechnology from the Faculty of Science, and her PhD in Plant Breeding and Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment of the same University. During her MSc thesis she explored the development and the utilization of molecular markers in plant breeding. Also, during her PhD thesis she was involved with the characterization and evaluation of plant genetic resources (crop wild relatives and landraces) based on morphological and agronomic traits and molecular markers, regeneration techniques and ex situ and in situ conservation. Parthenopi is Chair of the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR) Beta Working Group, National Focal Point for Greece for the European Search Catalogue for Plant Genetic Resources (EURISCO) and national inventories, alternate National Focal Point for monitoring the implementation of the Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) and for the preparation of country reports for The Third Report on the State of the World’s PGRFA, and member of other networks, committees, working groups and scientific societies. Her research interests focus on ex situ and in situ conservation of plant genetic resources and she has work experience in collection, regeneration with in vitro and ex vitro techniques, characterization and evaluation of PGRFA with the use of morphological and agronomic traits and molecular markers, and their utilization in sustainable agriculture and breeding. Parthenopi was and is involved as Coordinator, Work Package Leader or as a team member in various European and national research projects, and has research publications in internationally refereed journals, proceedings of international and national conferences, and book chapters.
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Policy roundtable

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Chair

Geoffrey Hawtin OBE
Former Director General of Bioversity International and CIAT

Geoffrey Hawtin is an agricultural scientist specializing in agrobiodiversity, genetic resources, plant breeding, and research management. He has headed two Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Centres: the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia, and Bioversity International (then IPGRI) in Rome. He was founding CEO of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, and was previously Director of the Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Sciences Division of IDRC, Canada, and Deputy Director General of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), based in Syria. He has served on several Boards of Trustees, including that of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He has MA and PhD degrees from Cambridge University, is a ‘correspondant étranger’ of the Académie d’Agriculture of France, and has been awarded the Frank Meyer Medal for Plant Genetic Resources by the Crop Science Society of America. In 2017, he was awarded an OBE for services to global agrobiodiversity conservation, subsistence livelihood enhancement and sustainable food programmes.
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Katarzyna Biala
European Environment Agency

Katarzyna Biala PhD is Biodiversity Indicators and Assessment Expert in the European Environment Agency (EEA) based in Copenhagen. Her work focuses on the development of the Streamlined European Biodiversity Indicators (SEBI) which have been used to assess progress towards the EU and global biodiversity targets. She contributed to a number of research papers and reports and was the lead author of the biodiversity assessment in the EEA 2020 State and Outlook of Europe’s Environment report. Topics of particular interest are biodiversity conservation in agroecosystems, genetic diversity, and pollinators.
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Szonja Csörgõ
Euroseeds

Szonja Csörgõ is the Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs Director at Euroseeds (formerly the European Seed Association) – a position held since 2009. In this role, Szonja is responsible for issues related to intellectual property protection and plant genetic resources, and handles all legal questions related to seed legislation. She represents Euroseeds in relevant international organizations, European institutions, agencies and projects. Szonja is Hungarian and holds a degree in Law from ELTE Budapest University, an MA in French and European Law from Panthéon-Assas University, Paris, and an L.LM. in IP and Competition Law from the University of Liège. Before joining Euroseeds, she worked at the Budapest office of the French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel and at the European Commission.
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Tilmann Disselhoff
Eurosite – the European Land Conservation Network

Tilmann Disselhoff PhD is a nature conservationist working for the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) – the German BirdLife partner. He is the President of Eurosite – the European Land Conservation Network, an EU-wide network of natural site managers and conservation practitioners. Tilmann holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin and has received scholarships from the Robert Bosch Foundation and the German National Academic Foundation. Between 2005 and 2017, he worked for the European Commission, the German Federal Environmental Ministry, the German Federal Environmental Foundation and other organizations in the field of nature conservation. In his work, Tilmann has focused on conservation financing and private land conservation.
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Chikelu Mba
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Chikelu Mba leads the Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources Team of the Plant Production and Protection Division of FAO, which serves as the Secretariat for the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources of FAO’s Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The Team is responsible for the organization’s work on crop improvement, particularly through strengthening human and institutional capacities of Member Countries in the conservation of plant genetic resources, their use in breeding progressively superior crop varieties, and the delivery of quality seeds to farmers. Prior to joining FAO over 11 years ago, he led the Plant Breeding and Genetics Laboratory of the Agriculture and Biotechnology Laboratories of the Joint FAO and the International Atomic Energy Agency Centre for Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, Austria. Previously, he worked at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia, where he was Coordinator of the Cassava Biotechnology Network for Latin America and the Caribbean. Earlier, still in his native Nigeria, he was Plant Breeder Geneticist and Cassava Programme Coordinator at the National Root Crops Research Institute. Chike holds a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics, a PGD in Education, and a BSc in Botany, and has published extensively on PGRFA management and aspects of crop improvement.
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Kent Nnadozie
FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Dr Kent Nnadozie is the Secretary of the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Over the last two decades, Mr Nnadozie has worked on legal and policy matters and intergovernmental processes, with both the International Treaty and FAO’s Commission for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Before joining FAO, Mr Nnadozie was in private legal practice and academic research. A lawyer by training, Mr Nnadozie holds a Doctorate in Law (PhD) from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, with a focus on international relations and international legal issues related to genetic resources. Mr Nnadozie also has a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a bachelor’s degree in Law.
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Annette Schneegans
European Commission, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development

Annette Schneegans is Senior Expert at the European Commission in the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, Unit Research and Innovation. She has an almost 20 year track record on European research policy and research funding—notably in the areas of life sciences and agriculture. Within her current activities, Annette is responsible for research programming in the areas of crop production and natural resources. As Secretary for the Mission Board Soil Health and Food, she is closely involved in the development of a Horizon Europe mission to improve soil health. Annette has an academic background in agricultural sciences and international agricultural development, with a focus on plant nutrition.
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Vlastimil Zedek
Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic

Vlastimil Zedek has been working for eight years at the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic as Head of Unit of Renewable Energy Sources and Environmental Strategies, and previously worked at the Ministry of the Environment. He has spent his professional life dealing with the themes of biodiversity, agrobiodiversity, genetic resources, climate change and renewable energy sources. In the field of genetic resources, Vlastimil is one of the major authors of the National Programme on Conservation and Utilization of Plant, Animal and Microbial Genetic Resources Important for Food and Agriculture for the period 2018–2022. It is the official strategy of the Ministry of Agriculture in order to financially support genebanks in the Czech Republic important for food and agriculture, and to set priority areas of work in this field.
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Session speakers

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Béla Bartha
ProSpecieRara

Béla Bartha started the Swiss foundation ProSpecieRara in 1995 as a specialist in cultivated plants. He maintained and developed the genebank (seed library) and the seed saver network (650 seed savers), and was responsible for fundraising and public relation work. He has led the organization since 2002. Until 2012, Béla was a board member of the Swiss Commission for the Conservation of Cultivated Plants, and until today he is the European NGO representative in the Steering Committee of the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR). Today he is engaged in establishing the first European network of national seed savers and diversity, and managing an NGO of cultivated plants called ‘Let’s Liberate Diversity’. Béla initiated and coordinated the first marketing project with the biggest supermarket chain (‘Coop’) in Switzerland, and developed the first label to promote and market vegetables of heirloom varieties, products of rare breeds, seeds and seedlings on shop shelves. In 2011, he created ProSpecieRara Germany, which is operating in the southern and eastern parts of the country. Béla has led several tasks in different Horizon 2020 projects, including DIVERSIFOOD and Farmers Pride. In these projects, he is mainly evaluating and developing strategies to promote Community Seed Banks (CSBs) in Europe and how to link them to the national and international seed diversity management systems. Béla is a biologist and has a Diploma in archeo-ethnobotany from the University of Basle.
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Maria Bönisch
Julius Kühn-Institut

Maria Bönisch MSc is a Research Fellow and Project Manager at the Julius Kühn-Institut (Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants) in Germany. With the support of colleagues, she developed a network of genetic reserves for wild celery in 2015–2019. Since the end of 2019, she has been coordinating the network as a staff member of the coordination unit of the Wild Celery Network. Currently, Maria is also Coordinator of the German project ‘In situ conservation of crop wild relatives using umbrella species’. Previously, she studied for a BSc in geoecology and a MSc in ecology, evolution and nature conservation at the University of Potsdam in Germany.
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Adam Drucker
The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

Adam Drucker PhD is Principal (Ecological) Economist, based in Rome at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. He has been involved in a wide range of natural resource management issues, and currently coordinates a global programme related to the economics and policy of agricultural biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. Adam has previously held positions with a range of United Nations agencies, universities, research centres and NGOs in Latin America, Africa and Australia.
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Ehsan Dulloo
The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

Ehsan Dulloo PhD is Principal Scientist at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. He previously served as Senior Policy Officer, Plant Genetic Resources, at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Project Manager of a World Bank GEF biodiversity restoration project in Mauritius with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, and as Assistant Conservator of Forests in the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mauritius. Ehsan’s expertise is in biodiversity conservation focusing on ex situ and in situ conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and in particular on crop wild relatives. Among his major achievements, he led the revision of the FAO international genebank standards, conceptualized the World Bank 2009 award-winning proposal ‘Seeds for Needs’ in Ethiopia on the use of genebank material in adapting to climate change, led the establishment of the CGIAR Crop Genebank Knowledge Base, and helped in the establishment of the first National Park in Mauritius.
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José Iriondo
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

José Iriondo is a Professor of the Biodiversity and Conservation Unit of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain. His research focus is on plant conservation biology, using ecological and genetic approaches, having worked with narrowly distributed endemics, alpine plants threatened by climate change, and crop wild relatives. He has studied the population dynamics and local adaptation processes of alpine plants and their responses to climate change, assessing patterns of adaptation in marginal populations. José has published over 100 research articles in scientific journals and more than 100 publications as books, book chapters and articles of scientific dissemination. He has led 42 research projects as Principal Investigator and participated in more than 80 national and international research projects, including those funded under the EU Framework and LIFE programmes, and AGRIGENRES. He has been a member of the Editorial Committees of Biological Conservation (2003–2013), Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid (2003–2006) and Perspectives in Plant Ecology and Evolution (2019–2020). José is Vice-Chair of the Wild Species Conservation in Genetic Reserves Working Group of the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources and Vice-President of the Spanish Society of Plant Conservation Biology (SEBICOP). He is former Secretary General of OPTIMA – the Organization for the Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area, and former Director of the International Doctoral School of King Juan Carlos University.
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Nelissa Jamora
Crop Trust

Nelissa Jamora leads the monitoring, evaluation, and impact assessment of programmes and projects of the Crop Trust. She has a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Göttingen in Germany and an MSc from Michigan State University in the USA. Her interest in agricultural development was motivated from her early work at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on price and market analysis and impact assessment involving rice farmers in the Philippines. Nelissa received a USA Fulbright scholarship in 2004 and a grant for early researchers in 2014 from the German Research Foundation. She was recognized as a Young Rice Scientist at the International Rice Congress in 2014 for her work on rice price analysis. She joined the Crop Trust in 2015 and currently coordinates the Community of Practice (CoP) on Genebank Impacts. In 2020, the CoP published a collection of genebank valuation studies in a special issue of the journal Food Security, entitled ‘Genebanks and Food Security in a Changing Agriculture’.
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Francisco López Martín
FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Francisco López Martín is a Technical Officer at the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in the FAO’s Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB). He oversees the operations of the Multilateral System and coordinates the development and implementation of the Global Information System on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. In addition, he has written various educational and training modules on the implementation of the ITPGRFA and has participated in the development and update of crop documentation standards. He has worked for several other departments in FAO since 2002. Francisco specialized in international law, plant genetic resources, food policy, information and knowledge management, and biodiversity policy analysis.
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Joana Magos Brehm
The University of Birmingham

Joana Magos Brehm PhD has been working on aspects of plant genetic resources conservation for the last 18 years, including on ex situ and in situ conservation planning, and development of national and regional conservation strategies in various parts of the world for threatened plant species, crop wild relatives and landraces. She is the Programme Officer of the Crop Wild Relative Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a member of the IUCN SSC Plant Conservation Committee, a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK, a consultant for the Secretariat of the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Plant Genetic Resources section of the Genetic Resources Journal. Joana has previously been employed by the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência in Portugal, has collaborated with the Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, I.P. (Portugal) as an invited scientist, and has worked as a consultant for Bioversity International, IUCN and FAO. She has published 26 scientific papers, 11 book chapters, 17 official reports, 8 tools and datasets, and presented more than 70 communications in scientific meetings.
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Valeria Negri
Università Degli Studi di Perugia

Valeria Negri is Professor of Agricultural Genetics and Biotechnologies in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Perugia, Italy, where she currently teaches the programmes ‘Agrobiodiversity Conservation and Management’ and ‘Genetics of Food Plants’. Her research topics are in situ (including on-farm) and ex situ plant genetic conservation, breeding systems, and breeding for low input and organic farming with a focus on forages, pulses, barley and brassicas, and she has published over 200 scientific papers in these fields. She has registered the barley ‘population MIX48’ for seed commercialization (GU UE L82, 57, 20/3/2014) and has developed populations of several other crops – all for organic agriculture. Valeria is Chair of the On-Farm Conservation and Management Working Group of the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources, member of the Crop Wild Relative Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and has been curator of the UNIPG FAO 363 genebank since 1980. She has played leading roles in a number of EU-funded projects under the Framework and AGRIGENRES programmes. Valeria has a MSc in Agriculture and a PhD in Crop Productivity from Università Degli Studi di Perugia.
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Gloria Otieno
The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

Gloria Otieno PhD is a Genetic Resources and Food Security Policy Specialist at The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT where she has worked for the past 9 years. She specializes in policy research – specifically on implementation of genetic resources policies, seed systems and climate change adaptation. She holds a PhD in Development Economics.
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Lorenzo Raggi
Università Degli Studi di Perugia

Lorenzo Raggi PhD is Researcher at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences of the University of Perugia where he teaches plant breeding in the courses ‘Biotechnologies Applied to the Agro-environmental System’ and ‘Plant Biotechnology’. His research activities have focused on characterization of plant genetic resources of a number of crops – including barley, bean, broccoli and myrtle – to increase their sustainable use in agriculture and in plant breeding. Lorenzo is author and/or co-author of more than 50 publications in scientific journals and of more than 70 papers presented at national and international congresses. Since 2013, he has been a member of the Italian Society of Agricultural Genetics (SIGA), and since 2017, a member of the Board of the Genetic Resources section of the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA). He has a MSc in Agricultural Science and Technology, and a PhD in Agri-environmental Biotechnology.
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Luisa Rubio Teso
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Luisa Rubio Teso is Researcher in the Biodiversity and Conservation Area of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain. She has a BSc in Biology from the University of Salamanca, a MSc in Plant Genetic Resources from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and is close to defending her PhD thesis at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, which is focused on the application of ecogeographic tools to inform conservation planning for crop wild relatives and their genetic diversity. Luisa is also active in research related to evolutionary biology and plant adaptations and plasticity. She has published 10 articles in scientific journals, 10 in dissemination journals, three book chapters and eight technical documents, and has participated in national and international congresses with more than 40 communications. She has participated in 11 national and international research projects as a researcher or team member. She also collaborates with teaching staff at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, and has co-supervised more than 10 BSc or MSc degree theses. She has recently joined the Crop Wild Relative Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Before she decided to take her scientific career, Luisa was Research, Development and Innovation Project Manager, facilitating the participation of Spanish institutions in European programmes.
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The third issue of Genetic Resources was published on 29 June 2021 and is available on http://www.genresj.org and using its DOI: https://doi.org/10.46265/genresj.2021.3

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