The Phyllosphere, Genetic Biodiversity, Evolution and New Technologies for Sustainable Nutrition. A Conversation with Britt Koskella, Deepak Chopra, Poonacha Machaiah and Rajnish Kahnna.
Rajnish Khanna, Ph.D., founder and Chief Executive Officer of i-Cultiver, Inc. and Global Food Scholar, Inc. Rajnish has served as a lead scientist in biotechnology industry and has worked at the University of California, Berkeley and Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University. Rajnish is a strategic biotechnology consultant, plant and soil health scientist applying multidisciplinary approaches for research and development. www.rajnishkhanna.com
Britt Koskella is an Associate Professor in the department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work explores the importance of the bacteria and viruses making up the microbiome in shaping plant health, ecology, and evolution. She received her BA from the University of Virginia in 2001 and her PhD from Indiana University in 2018, and subsequently held postdoctoral and independent research fellowships in both the US and UK at Oxford University and the University of Exeter. Her work combines laboratory experimental evolution with studies of natural diversity to determine how the microbiome shapes plant health, and how microbiome diversity is generated and maintained. Her work on microbial communities of the phyllosphere (above ground tissues) of both long-lived trees and short-lived crop species aims to better predict microbiome complexity and stability in health and disease, and to leverage this understanding for more sustainable agricultural practice. Through recent collaboration with i-Cultiver, a new platform for (technical) product development through strategic academic and industry partnerships, she has developed a product to support healthy plant phyllosphere development and increased yield.
i-Cultiver website: https://i-cultiver.com
Poonacha Machaiah is the CEO of @TheChopraFoundation , a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to improving health and well-being, cultivating spiritual knowledge, expanding consciousness, and promoting world peace. He is the co-founder of the Never Alone Movement for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health along with both world-renowned mind-body medicine pioneer and New York Times best-selling author Deepak Chopra, M.D, actress and humanitarian Gabriella Wright.