47th Annual Conference of the IETS
Virtual Conference

Program Co-chairs: Ann Van Soom, and Patrick Blondin

Theme: Embryo Technologies in a Changing Climate

Keynote speaker

Michael Skinner, Washington State University (USA) Ancestral ghosts in your genome with a perspective in relation to IETS (agriculture, livestock)

Session 1 - Sustainable and Safe Food Production

Michael Lee, University of Bristol (England)
Key traits for ruminant livestock across diverse production systems in the context of climate change: perspectives from a global platform of research farms

Lyne Létourneau, Université Laval (Canada)
Breeding and biotechnology in farm animals – ethical issues

Session 2 - Local Food Production

Ahmed Tibary, Washington State University (USA)
Investigation of male and female infertility in llamas and alpacas

Joanna Maria Gonçalves de Souza Fabjan, Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil)
In vitro production of small ruminant embryos: latest improvements and further research

Session 3 - Changing Climate: heat stress and tropical diseases

Julie Gard Schnuelle, Auburn University (USA)
Emerging diseases in international trade in embryos

Zvi S. Roth, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
Heat-stress reduces maturation and developmental capacity in bovine oocytes

Session 4 - Stopping time in reproduction

Susanne Ulbrich, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
Lessons from nature: diapause as an alternative to cryopreservation

Pasqualino Loi, University of Teramo (Italy)
Dry storage of mammalian spermatozoa and cells: state-of-the-art and possible future directions

Session 5 - Future biotechnologies

Katsuhiko Hayashi, Kyushu University (Japan)
Artificially produced gametes in mice and men and other species

Cather Simpson, University of Auckland (New Zealand)
Lasers, milk and sperm: How photonics can be used to develop innovations in animal agriculture