Keynote Presentation


Professor Sheenan Harpaz

Senior Researcher
Institute of Animal Sciences
Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Volcani Center ,Israel

Higher Education

1981-1986           Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Life Sciences Institute, Department of Zoology, Marine biology.

1978-1980           M.Sc., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Oceanography, Marine Biology. With distinction.

Employment History

2016 – to date     Adjunct Associate Prof. teaching sustainable aquaculture, Life Sciences, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

2011 – 2016        Deputy Director for R&D, ARO, Bet-Dagan, Israel

2009 – 2011        Head, Institute of Animal Sciences, ARO, Bet-Dagan, Israel

2008 – to date     Adjunct Associate Prof. in marine biotechnology, Department of Biological Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva.

2005 – to date     Senior Researcher (Rank A+ equivalent to full Professor), Department of Aquaculture, ARO

1995 – 2001        Head, Department of Aquaculture, ARO, Bet-Dagan, Israel.

1992 –  2001        Affiliated Research Scientist, Monell Chemical Senses Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

1989 – 1999         Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Aquaculture, Department of Animal Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1988 –                  Research Scientist at the ARO, The Volcani Center, Institute of Animal Science, Department of Aquaculture Bet-Dagan, Israel

1986 – 1988         Postdoctoral fellow, Monell Chemical Senses Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S.A.

Invited Presentations

“Carbon Sequestration and Climate Smart Agriculture”

Professor Dr. Kurniatun Hairiah,

Professor of Soil Biology and Root Ecology
Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture
Brawijaya University, Malang, Indonesia

“The Power Relations and Negotiation in Agricultural Land
Use Right Transfer in Yunnan Province”

Professor Zhao Yaqiao

Dean, College of Economics and Management, Yunnan Agricultural University
Executive Dean, Academy of Rural Development for South and Southeast Asia, YAU
Director of the Yunnan Regional Economics Association
Director of the Yunnan Provincial Plateau Agricultural Research Society

Prof. Zhao Yaqiao has long been engaged in participatory rural development, sustainable management of forest resources, and agricultural research cooperation and exchanges between China and South Asian and Southeast Asian countries.  He has published “Poverty Alleviation Research on Absolute Poverty Population”, the” Theories and Methods for Sustainable Management of Village-level Forest Resources”,  “The Third Road of Land Tenure Arrangement”,  “The Opportunities and Challenges of Foreign Agricultural Investment in Anti-Poverty in Laos”,  “Perceptions on China-Laos Agricultural Investment” and other works.  In the past three years, he has led over 17 research projects, 16 agricultural industry development plans, 3 international cooperation projects, and completed 5 policy advisory reports. He won the third prize of the “Yunnan Science and Technology Progress Award” and the third prize of “Yunnan Philosophy and Social Science Award”.

“Developing Disease Resistant Fish Strains – Lessons Learned from Common Carp and Koi Herpes Virus Disease”


Lior David, Ph.D.
R.H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Outbreaks of fish diseases inflict substantial damages on farmers and the environment and at the same time hinder sustainable production and further growth of the aquaculture sector. Since prevention and treatment of diseases in aquaculture species are less efficient than in land farm animals, there is a strong drive to develop strains genetically resistant to diseases as a sustainable solution to the problem. Yet, despite considerable efforts, the progress in developing resistant strains is limited. In my talk, I will present our key findings from developing common carp strains that are resistant to Koi herpes virus disease (KHVD). Along with presenting the breeding steps, I will discuss also what we already know on the genetic basis and mechanism of this resistance. In the light of our findings, I will further reflect on more general aspects of disease resistance genetics and breeding.

I will touch upon how much and what type of variation is there for resistance, where to find it and how to utilize it. Furthermore, I will refer to what does resistance mean, how do we measure it and how can we study its genetic basis. In my view, although disease resistance is important and desirable in all farmed species, compared to land farm animals, aquaculture species offer unique opportunities to succeed in both breeding for resistance and unraveling its underlying mechanisms.