Prof Jill Farrant

Professor in Plant Physiology at the University of Cape Town

Title of presentation: ‘Resurrection plants as models for production of extremely drought tolerant crops’ (preliminary title)

Prof Jill Farrant, Professor in Plant Physiology at the University of Cape Town will be delivering a keynote address on ‘Resurrection plants as models for production of extremely drought tolerant crops’ (preliminary title). She is currently Full Professor and SARChI Research Chair in Systems biology studies on plant desiccation tolerance for food security at the University of Cape Town.

Professor Farrant is an acknowledged world leader in the field of plant desiccation tolerance (holding an A rating by the South African National Research Foundation), working on both seeds and resurrection plants.

She has received considerable recognition for her research, having achieved 10 national and international awards, including the L’Oreal-UNESCO award in life sciences (2012) that ‘recognizes women whose exceptional careers in science have opened up new and sometimes revolutionary ways of improving human well-being’ and the EPFL WISH Foundation Erma Hamburger award (2015) for ‘ground-breaking work in phytology

Field of research: Plant science particularly vegetative desiccation tolerance. Disciplines used include physiology, biochemistry, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics. With interests in plant biotechnology.

Jill has 145 peer reviewed publications, 16 book chapters, over 200 conference proceedings, and has graduated 36 MSc students and 30 PhD students during the 27 years she has been an academic. She is a Fellow of 4 prestigious societies and acts in Editorial capacity for 3 International Journals. Her work has been the subject of several local and International documentaries, which can be found on her website ‘(see below)

http://www.mcb.uct.ac.za/mcb/people/staff/academic/farrant