The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year was an opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.

The College of Agriculture and Bioresources, the College of Arts and Science Department of Biology, the Global Institute for Water Security, and the Global Institute for Food Security are proud to have presented a monthly seminar series featuring local and international experts on plant health and environmental sustainability.

Thank you for your participation in the IYPH2020 seminar series. Please visit the website of the FAO United Nations for information on 2021, the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables!


Past Seminars

January 23, 2020

Digital agriculture as a driver of plant health, food security, and sustainability of agricultural systems

3:00-4:00 PM
Physics Building, rm 103
University of Saskatchewan

Reception to follow

by Bruno Basso

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University

February 24, 2020

Integrating forage and rangeland management into cattle production and its impact on environmental sustainability: expert perspectives

in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association and the Ministry of Agriculture Beef and Forage Research Forum

3:30-4:30 PM
Marquis Hall, Exeter Room
University of Saskatchewan

Reception to follow.

Speaker Panel:

Edward Bork, Professor - Mattheis Chair, Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Science, University of Alberta

Terry Kowalchuk, Provincial Forage Crops Specialist, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Regina SK

Duane Thompson, Producer, Tee Two Land and Cattle Co, Kelliher SK

March 9, 2020

Plant health and nematode pests on the prairies: should we care?

in collaboration with the annual College of Agriculture and Bioresources Soils and Crops Workshop

3:00-4:00 PM
Physics Building, rm 165
University of Saskatchewan

by Mario Tenuta

Professor of Applied Soil Ecology, Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba


September 29, 2020

Health and social benefits of GMOs

in collaboration with Saskatoon Cafe Scientifique and Global Biotech Week

7:30-9:00 PM
via Zoom

by Stuart Smyth

Industry Funded Research Chair in Agri-Food Innovation & Sustainability Enhancement,

and Associate Professor, College of Agriculture and Bioresources
University of Saskatchewan



October 29, 2020

Climate warming and plant carbon uptake

in collaboration with the Department of Biology weekly 990 seminar

11:45-12:45 PM
via Webex

by Danielle Way

Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
University of Western Ontario


November 10, 2020

Beyond pesticides:
challenging the paradox of agriculture and environment

3:00-4:00 PM
via Webex

by Christy Morrissey

School of Environment and Sustainability and Department of Biology, College of Arts and Science
University of Saskatchewan


November 17, 2020

Climate change and its impact on Canada's forests: how are we adapting?


7:30-8:30 PM
via WebEx

by Mark Johnston

Distinguished Scientist, Environment and Biotech Division, Saskatchewan Research Council

Adjunct Professor, Department of Soil Science, College of Agriculture and Bioresources and School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan

December 1, 2020

Underground forests, savanna, and the relationship between trees and people in southern Africa

via WebEx

by Jonathan Davies

Departments of Botany, Forest & Conservation Sciences, University of British Columbia

African Centre for DNA Barcoding, University of Johannesburg


December 9, 2020

The Future of Plant Health Science: Establishing a Plant Health Science Mobilization Plan for Canada

via WebEx

by Pierre Bilodeau

Executive Director, Plant Health Science, CFIA



December 17, 2020

Building a Balanced Ecosystem
with Food



a Canadian nutritional ingredients company

in collaboration with the College of Agriculture and Bioresources department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences' Special Seminar Series

2:00-3:00 PM
via Webex


For comments or inquiries pertaining to this seminar series,
please contact Danielle Baron.