The 4th International Conference on Agricultural and Biological Sciences (ABS 2018)
Invited Speakers
Prof. Dr. Maria Luisa da Silva, Laboratory of Ornithology and Bioacoustics, Federal University of Pará State, Brazil

Maria Luisa was born in São Paulo, Brazil and has Bachelor in Biology and PhD in Neuroscience and Behaviour at the University of São Paulo. She did a post-doctoral at the same University and at the University of Cambridge, UK, to study animal behaviour. Nowadays she is associate professor at the Federal University of Pará State. She created a Laboratory of Ornithology and Bioacoustics, launching researches mainly on Amazon forest birds. She teaches vertebrates classes for undergraduate students in Biology, and Bioacoustics and ethological methodology for the post graduate programs. She has experience in zoology area, especially ornithology with emphasis on animal behavior, acting on the following topics: study of animal behavior in the natural environment, sound communication of birds, bioacoustics, mathematical analysis of the sound communication and environmental awareness. The results of their research were published in national and international journals, such as Nature and Plos One. She was the first woman and the first Latin American elected member of the International Bioacoustics Council, entity responsible for Bioacoustics designs in the world since 1969.

Speech Title: Social structure, calls and emotions: contributions of bioacoustics studies for natural biodiversity and animal welfare

Abstract: The studies of calls repertoire are relevant to identify behaviours related to physiological status, like disposition for breeding, begging food from their parents, agonistic and alarm calls. Identify the vocalizations with behaviour context can be useful to monitoring animals in natural environment and in farms to measure animal welfare. We have examples for Brazilian birds, with the description of Orange winged parrot Amazona amazonica and the mustached wren Pheugopedius genibarbis, both Amazonian species with different number of calls that is related with their social structure complexity. Studies with emotions in goats could lead to more effective monitoring and understanding of animal welfare. Identification of bird sounds is a relevant tool for evaluate diversity of bird community and passive acoustic monitoring is a new modality used in different animal studies, like census, behaviour and neurosciences. Thus, Bioacoustics is emerging science to monitoring animals in wild or captivity in a precisely and non-invasive way.

Dr. Genhua Yue, Director and Senior Principal Investigator, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, 1 Research Link, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Gen Hua Yue is a Director (of Strategic Research Programs) and Senior Principal Investigator at the Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore. He is an adjunct professor at several universities in China (SYSU and SHOU) and Singapore (NUS and NTU). He got his PhD at the University Hohenheim, Germany in 1999. The research focus of his group is to use genomic approaches to improve the productivity and sustainability of economically important fish (e.g. Asian seabass and marine tilapia) and plants (e.g. oil palm). He has published over 140 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals. He has been on the editorial boards of several international journals (e.g. Scientific Reports, BMC Genomics, Aquaculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Gene, Frontiers in Livestock Genomics, Plos One) and has evaluated over 200 scientific papers for 62 international journals. He has reviewed research proposals from the EU, USA, China, France, Ireland, Kuwait, New Zealand and Singapore since 2007.

Speech Title: Status of molecular breeding in aquaculture

Abstract: Aquaculture is the quickest growing sector in agriculture. Over 600 species have been used in aquaculture. However, only 10% of the world's aquaculture production utilized genetically improved stocks. Due to the rapid advances of sequencing technologies and reducing of the cost of sequencing, many genomic resources have been generated to accelerate genetic improvements of aquaculture species. These resources include whole genome sequences, transcriptomes, SNPs and microsatellites, SNP-arrays, linkage and physical maps. They have been used to map QTL and conduct GWAS for important traits in some species to enable marker-assisted selection (MAS) and genomic selection GS). In my presentation, I will summarize the recent advances of genome sequencing, transcriptome analysis, linkage and QTL mapping, GWAS, as well as MAS and GS in aquaculture species. I will also discuss some challenges in the genetic improvement of aquaculture species and future directions.

Prof. Dr. Anas Sarwar Qureshi, Chairman, Department of Anatomy, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan

Prof Dr A nas S Qureshi has above 30 years teaching, research and administration experience at University level. He has completed his PhD in 1995 from University of Veterinary Science Hanover, Germany where he worked on the cellular immune function and hormones in the reproductive tract of mares. Later on, he was awarded a two-year Post-Doc (1998-2000) by the Humboldt Foundation Germany to work on immunomodulation through organ preparations at the Institute of Anatomy, Physiology and Hygiene, University of Bonn , Germany. In 2016 he has served as Endeavour Fellow at Department of Neurosurgery, The Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Recently in 2017, he has participated in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) at Lanzhou Institute of Husbandry and Pharmaceutical Science of CAAS, China. More...


Abstract: A total of 60 buffalo calves of either sex aged 3 months, were used in this study. Total contingent was divided into three groups viz., treated, placebo and untreated comprising of 10 calves (5 male and 5 female) for each type of weaning protocol. The blood was collected 2 and I day before and 1 and 14 day after weaning in all groups. Levamisol® was given orally two days before weaning after collection of first blood sample. Statistical analysis revealed that gradual weaning method did not affect any of the parameters. Contrary to the gradual method, abrupt weaning method affected seven parameters namely, PCV, Hb conc., RBC, leukocytes, lymphocytes. neutrophils and eosinophils. More...

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The 4th International Conference on Agricultural and Biological Sciences (ABS 2018)
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