• Digital-Health-Conference-2020

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Prof. Heribert Hirt
Prof. Heribert Hirt Heribert Hirt received his B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Cape Town in 1979


Heribert Hirt received his B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Cape Town in 1979. He obtained his M.Sc. in Biochemistry in 1981 and his D.Sc. in 1987 at the University of Vienna. Hirt played a major role in integrating Austrian plant research into the international community. As Vice-Director (2002-2004), Hirt helped to found the Gregor-Mendel Institute of Plant Molecular Biology as a research centre of excellence of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. From 2005-2007, he was President of the Austrian Society of Genetics. From 2006-2007, Hirt was head of the Department of Plant Molecular Biology. In 2008, Hirt became director of the URGV Plant Genomics Institute in Paris and in 2014, director of the Center for Desert Agriculture at KAUST, Thuwal, KSA.

All sessions by Prof. Heribert Hirt

  • Day 2Tuesday, January 21st
Session 3 : Digital Health & Food and Environment (Chair Prof. Xiangliang Zhang)
9:30 am

KEYNOTE LECTURE: From healthy plants to healthy humans: what we can learn from studying beneficial microbes

Our research focuses on how plants can survive under abiotic or biotic stress conditions. For this purpose, we isolated more than 2500 beneficial microbes and currently investigate their potential to help grow crops in arid regions of the world (www.darwin21.org). Our results show that microbes can improve crop yield and help crops to withstand diseases. But beneficial microbes also provide the human body with essential elements to establish a healthy gut microbiome.

By using sophisticated techniques and bioinformatic programs, we try to identify specific functions of different microbial strains with respect to plant and/or human health. Although this research is just at the beginning, the overwhelming results promise a revolution in the food sector and human health care.

Building 19, Hall 1 09:30 - 10:05 Details