NU Tech 2010 to Showcase a New Way of Developing Disease-Resistant Plants


Nu-Tech 2010 will include researchers from Nagoya University discussing how a new gene-based promoter can create pathogen-resistant plants.


[USPRwire, Thu Jan 21 2010] Nu Tech 2010, a one-day conference focusing on investing in collaborative technologies (www.nutechshowcase.org), will include researchers from Nagoya University discussing how a new gene-based promoter can create pathogen-resistant plants.

The promoter technology allows protective-response genes to be introduced into plants. The result is a transgenic plant that produces a disease-resistant response when introduced to pathogens. This technology offers an opportunity to develop plants for food and commercial use that are disease resistant and can be grown with fewer chemicals.

NU Tech 2010 will feature more than 20 breakthrough technologies in the life science, biotechnology and engineering fields on February 10. Starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Imperial, RTP, NU Tech 2010 will feature technology developments from Nagoya University (www.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/), home to four Nobel Prize-winning professors in physics and chemistry, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University. More than 30 representatives from Nagoya University and the Japan Science and Technology Agency will be in attendance to network with area scientists and researchers.

Featured speakers include:
• North Carolina Secretary of Commerce, J. Keith Crisco
• Vice President of Eisai, Inc., Dr. Ray W. Wood
• Director of Aisin AW and President of EQUOS Research, Masao Ando
• President of Nagoya University, Dr. Michinari Hamaguchi
• President and CEO of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, E. Norris Tolson

Registration for the event is free of charge and includes continental breakfast, lunch and reception. To register for the event and learn more about Nu Tech 2010, visit www.nutechshowcase.org.

About Nagoya University:
Nagoya University (NU) was originally established as a temporary hospital and medical school in 1871 in Nagoya City, Japan. Since then it has been playing various key roles in the education and research scenes in Japan. Home to four Nobel Prize-winning professors in physics and chemistry, NU is on the forefront of Japan’s technology transfer space. NU faculty invented the high performance blue light emitting device widely used in displays worldwide. NU currently has 16,000 full-time students that study and work with 2,000 full-time faculty and 2,000 staff members. The university includes 13 graduate schools, three research institutions and 18 research centers.

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