Prof. Jack Heinemann: ODPG Conference Spotlight

We are delighted to have Prof. Heinemann joining us at our 2020 Conference in March. The subject of his presentation will be how agrichemicals cause antibiotic resistance in disease-causing bacteria.

Jack Heinemann is a professor at the University of Canterbury specialising in the field of molecular genetics. He has won awards for his teaching and research, published many research papers, has held academic posts in Norway and the US, and served at the UN.

Amongst Prof. Heinemann’s main interests are the biochemical and genetic characterisation of horizontal gene transfer, in particular how it relates to the evolution of antibiotic resistance in microbes.

Read more about Prof. Heinemann’s work on genetic engineering here.

And click here for a recent article on agrochemicals and antibiotic resistance here.


Professor of genetics and molecular biology in the School of Biological Sciences, Director of the Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Previously staff fellow at the US National Institutes of Health. BSc with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1985); PhD University of Oregon (1989). Served the UN Roster of Biosafety Experts (to 2009), on the Cartagena Protocol for Biosafety’s Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Risk Assessment and Risk Management (2009 to 2016). Prepared two commissioned reports (BSP35 AND BSP68) for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO, CGRFA). Lead author on Chapter 6 of the Global Report, and of the biotechnology section of the Synthesis Report, for the International Assessment on Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). Biotechnology advisor on occasion to governments in New Zealand and Australia, and agencies of the US, India and Norwegian governments.

Approximately 100 scholarly publications. Proud mentor of many graduate students. Recipient of the ICAAC Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Microbiology (1993) and the New Zealand Association of Scientists Research Medal (2002).

The Regenerative Soil Solution Conference 2020

On March 7 & 8th, 2020, we will be holding our Annual Conference and AGM at Lincoln University on the subject of Regenerative Farming. The weekend will consist of a full programme of expert speakers and regenerative farmers, a guided fieldtrip, and a catered m­enu of delicious, local organic food and wines.

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