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From Science to Seed: Exploring the Safety, Nutrition, and Innovation of Plant Breeding


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Jennifer Hubert, Dominique Michaud



Jennifer Hubert, MSc (CropLife Canada) 
Dominique Michaud, PhD (Université Laval)


Innovation in food isn’t something new. In fact, humans have been working to improve food for thousands of years. This portion of the webinar will review the evolution of tools used by plant breeders to help improve crops, describing modern tools in the context of conventional ones. The webinar will review various applications and benefits including improved nutritional qualities. You will also learn how regulatory agencies such as Health Canada consider the safety of food derived from crops that have been improved by plant breeding, including modern breeding techniques like genetic modification and gene editing. Finally, the webinar will discuss how the plant science industry maintains several stewardship and transparency initiatives to complement Government of Canada regulations helping to increase public awareness of plant breeding and address market information needs.


Moderator: James House, PhD (University of Manitoba)


Jennifer Hubert is the Executive Director of Plant Biotechnology for CropLife Canada, an industry association representing developers and distributers of plant science innovations. In this role, Hubert works with domestic and international agricultural stakeholders and governments on the development of policies, regulations, and scientific positions related to plant biotechnology. She brings more than 15 years of experience in seed regulatory functions, including over a decade working for multinational companies in building safety dossiers and securing approvals for plants with novel traits, novel foods and novel feeds in Canada. Hubert has a passion for communicating the safety and benefits of plant biotechnology. She holds a master’s degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Guelph.

Dominique MichaudDominique Michaud is a Professor of Plant Physiology at Laval University, Quebec City. He started his lab at Laval U in the late 1990’s, after completing graduate and postdoctoral studies in Plant Biotechnology at Laval University in Québec, CNRS in France and UBC in Vancouver. Over the last 25 years, Dominique has developed a strong, recognized expertise in Plant Transformation, Biopharming and Proteomics, notably working on the basic and practical aspects of foreign gene and protein expression in plant systems. He has developed IP-protected strategies to improve the yield and quality of recombinant proteins expressed in plants, including tools to protect these proteins from unwanted degradation and help them mature properly in foreign cellular environments. Recent advances in Dominique’s lab include the development of novel metabolic and cellular engineering strategies to control plant architecture and hormonal physiology, based on transient gene expression, bacterial plasmid design and CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing. Dominique has published more than 100 primary research papers, review articles, book chapters and editorials over the last 30 years, also filing several patents related to protein expression in plants. He has shown interest in the societal and regulatory aspects of plant biotechnology in Canada and abroad, conducting impact studies on genetically modified crops for different government bodies and joining plant biotech panels and committees at the national and international levels. Dominique is currently Head of Laval University’s Plant Research and Innovation Centre, President of the Canadian Association for Plant Biotechnology and Senior Editor of Plant Biotechnology Journal, U.K.-based flagship journal in plant molecular biotechnology.

Original Source: "CNS Education Webinars" Wednesday, February 14, 2024

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Last Updated: February 15, 2024

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