8:50 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Leveraging Genome Editing Tools to Develop Disease resistance Traits in Crops

9:00 am Prime Editing Enables New Strategies to Engineer Rice Resistance Against Bacterial Blight

  • Bing Yang Professor & Affiliate Faculty, Iowa State University


  • Establishment of high-efficiency prime editing system in plants
  • Implementation of new strategies to engineer disease resistance

9:30 am Development of Disease Resistance Traits by Gene-Editing-induced- Gene-Silencing (GEiGS®)

  • BJ Haun Head of Business Development - Technologies, Tropic Biosciences


  • This talk will introduce our Gene-Editing-induced-Gene-Silencing (GEiGS®) platform and provide example applications for both disease resistance and quality trait development in plants.
  • Recent progress from our efforts to develop disease and insect resistance traits in a variety of crops will be presented

10:00 am
Morning Break & Networking

Leveraging Genome Editing Technology to Unlock Product Development of Niche & Novel Crops

11:00 am Crafting Reduced-Immunogenicity Wheat & Peanut Lines for Sensitive Individuals Deploying New breeding techniques


  • Development of reducing-immunogenicity peanut and wheat genotypes using diversity analysis, conventional cross-breeding, and the genome editing approach.
  • Conventional biolistic and novel virus-mediated gene delivery methods.
  • Uncover the study of the genetic regulation of the accumulation of immunogenic proteins in wheat and peanut seeds.

11:30 am CoverCress – A Novel Rotational Oilseed Winter Crop with Canola-Like Composition that Helps Sequester Carbon & Prevent Soil Erosion


  • Novel cash cover crop concept – why it matters for agriculture, environment, and farm economy
  • Domestication of a weed (field pennycress) into a profitable row crop expected to be grown on millions of acres achieved in record time (<10 years) using CRISPR and other advanced genetic tools
  • CoverCress is a great model crop for improvement due to its features and genetic proximity to Arabidopsis and canola

12:00 pm
Lunch & Networking

1:00 pm ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: Assessing the Challenges & Opportunities of Levergaing Genome Editing on ‘Next Tier’ Crops


Genome editing technology in the agricultural field so far has largely been leveraged on row crops. Niche crops that are typically sold directly to the consumer have been far less utilized but present their own group of opportunities and challenges. As such this session will set out to address:

  • Exploring the wide range of crops that have reasonable commercial potential but are as yet ‘untapped’
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of leveraging this technology for niche or “non-row” crops
  • Assessing specific criteria to understand which crops are worth pursuing
  • Discussing which traits are most suitable to target, and challenges associated with this in more challenging to edit crops

Unleashing the power of the microbiome with genome editing

2:00 pm
Afternoon Break & Refreshments

2:30 pm Unleashing the Power Of Microbes to Meet the World’s Food Needs

  • Damian Curtis Director of Synthetic Biology and Genomics, BioConsortia


  • Tools and techniques – gene editing to unleash the natural power of microbes
  • Three examples of superior and transformational performance improvement through gene editing
  • nematicides – replacing chemistry and enhancing plant trait life cycle management
  • fungicides – achieving efficacy similar to synthetic pesticides
  • nitrogen fixation – transformation of the Nitrogen fertilizer market for corn, wheat and other non-legume crops

The Challenges & Opportunities of Genome Editing Crop Commercialization

3:00 pm The Golden Age of CRISPR – Keys to market/consumer acceptance to maximize value

  • Charlie Arnot Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Food Integrity


  • Research based insight to the keys for market and consumer acceptance
  • Strategies to build trust and maximize opportunities for gene edited products
  • Investing in market acceptance as a competitive advantage

3:30 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

End of Conference