Wednesday, September 28, 2022, the Agroecotechnology Study Program, Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Agriculture, Diponegoro University held an International Conference with the theme “Strengthening Agricultural Sustainability and Technology Post COVID 19”. This all-day online event organized by the Agroecotechnology Study Program has been opened from July 1, 2022 for abstract collection. With a span of 3 months, finally many participants and presenters signed up.
As with International conferences in general, Keynote speakers are brought in from various countries, while the Keynote speaker in this event is Professor Dr. Ir. Florentina Kusmiyati, M.Sc, expert in Crop Physiology and Breeding; Professor Hideto Ueno, Ph.D, expert in Agronomy and Soil Science; Professor Peter J Batt is an expert in Supply Chain Management; Assoc. Professor Lan-Szu Chou, Ph.D an expert in Food Microbiology, Microbial Physiology, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Diagnostics; and Assoc. Professor Toshihiro Konno, Ph.D is an expert in the fields of Animal reproduction, Cell Differentiation, Stem Cells.
In his remarks, the Dean of the Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Agriculture UNDIP, Prof. Dr. Ir. Bambang Waluyo Hadi Eko Prasetyo, M.S., M.Agr., IPU. stated that, “in the midst of and after this pandemic, food security is very important because one way to keep the immune system in top shape is with the availability of food stocks and this ICAS event accommodates hundreds of works from ladies and gentlemen, and seeing this enthusiasm, I am optimistic that Indonesia will have a bright future, although from yesterday, today, and tomorrow we must continue to work hard”. In the first material session, Prof. Florentina explained about her latest research, namely the assembly of saline-resistant soybeans through genetic mutation technology with gamma irradiation. “Soybean production is still low in Indonesia and has lost its reputation in the mindset of farmers, so we try to innovate gene mutations in soybean seeds in the hope of forming soybean genotypes that are resistant to saline soils so that marginal lands on the coast can at least be used to grow soybeans. In the same session, Prof. Ueno explained about Japan’s efforts to increase rice production, namely by providing mulch. This was also what Fajrin Pramana Putra asked in the seminar about the types of organic mulch that could potentially be developed in paddy fields.
The next parallel session was explained by Prof. Peter about the changes in the agricultural market in Australia in the midst of the pandemic, especially in organic farming. This is based on public awareness of healthy food and fast growing online food shopping.
At the end of the keynote speaker session, Assoc. Prof. Toshihiro Konno explained about reproductive development, he carried out various experiments repeatedly using mice to understand the best patterns of reproduction. “Food sustainability is very closely related to how well livestock can reproduce. I have done modeling on various mice, and it turns out to be very similar to the reproductive pattern in other livestock”. Closing the keynote speaker session, Assoc. Prof. Lan-Szu Chou explained about the technology in the detection of microbes in food production.