PLENARY TALK I: Improved crops to meet the agricultural and food challenges of the future

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Arjen van Tunen - CEO, Keygene

Short description of the presentation:

By 2040 a 2 fold increase in agricultural production is needed for the growing and aging world population. This has to be established with restricted inputs of resources like water, nutrients and land. At the same time the agricultural production has to lower its impact on the environment. Genetic Improvement of crops is one of the few options we have to meet the expected increase in future demands for agricultural products. As a large and integrated technology and trait provider KeyGene actively participates in meeting these challenges with innovative new non GM technologies improving traits and cops. For this KeyGene operates ‘on the shoulders’ of our predecessors from Belgium and especially Gent. In this presentation I will give an insight how in a sustainable way new crop varieties can be developed that produce more, use lower inputs on less land, are adapted to the changing climate and have a better quality and contribute to healthy consumers.

Biography of the speaker:

Arjen J. van Tunen (1958) graduated as MSc. in Medical Biology in 1986 and as PdD in Genetics in 1991, both from the University of Amsterdam.
He worked 10 years for Plant Research International. First  as Groupleader Molecular genetics of floral organ formation in flowers (1991-1995), followed by Head of department Cell Biology (1995-1998) and finally as Director Research (1998-2001). In 2001 he became Director of the Swammerdam Institute for Life Science of the University of Amsterdam. In 2004 he joined Keygene N.V., Wageningen, The Netherlands as CEO. Arjen is also Board Member of EuropaBio, HollandBio (Dutch Biotech Association) and Food Valley.


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