Fatma Kaplan, chief govt officer and co-founder of Pheronym, Inc.
Fatma Kaplan, chief govt officer and co-founder of Pheronym, Inc., an agricultural-biotechnology startup primarily based in Woodland, Calif., will deal with the UC Davis Division of Entomology and Nematology at an in-person and digital seminar at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 on “Conspecific and Heterospecific Pheromones Stimulate Dispersal of Entomopathogenic Nematodes throughout Quiescence.”
“Ascaroside pheromones stimulate dispersal, a key nematode conduct to discover a new meals supply,” Kaplan says in her summary. “For entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs), the brand new meals supply is bugs. The speak will give attention to understanding the interplay between pheromone indicators, dispersal and foraging methods, and sensible functions to enhance the EPN’s efficacy as biocontrol brokers.”
The seminar takes place in 122 Briggs Corridor. The Zoom hyperlink: https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/99515291076.
Seminar coordinator Shahid Siddique, a nematologist and assistant professor, Division of Entomology and Nematology, will introduce her. She’s going to share “the event of Pheronym and the importance of its improvements to the development of agricultural know-how,” he mentioned.
Pheronym develops unhazardous options for plant safety. “We use pheromones to regulate the conduct and improvement of microscopic roundworms referred to as nematodes,” the group explains on its web site. The pheromones are water soluble, which makes them appropriate for seed therapy.”
Kaplan associated that she co-founded Pheronym to deliver nematode pheromone know-how to the market and to supply efficient, non-toxic pest management for farmers and gardeners.
Kaplan, who grew up on a household farm in Turkey–a 40-acres hazelnut orchard–holds a doctorate in plant molecular and cell biology from the College of Florida and did postdoctoral coaching in pure product chemistry with a give attention to isolating biologically energetic compounds. She labored as a scientist at NASA, the Nationwide Magnetic Subject Laboratory. and the U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Agricultural Analysis Service.
She found the primary intercourse pheromone of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, publishing her work in Nature. She went on to find pheromones that regulate different behaviors in each parasitic and useful nematodes. Kaplan found the primary intercourse pheromone of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, publishing her work in Nature. She went on to find pheromones that regulate different behaviors in each parasitic and useful nematodes. She performed the first agricultural biocontrol experiment in house on the Worldwide Area Station in 2020.
Kaplan describes her work in her Linked-In article, A Technical Founder’s Journey: An Ag-Biotech Startup CEO with a Imaginative and prescient:
“Being a scientist, I typically must persuade those that I’m the proper CEO for Pheronym, an ag-biotech startup. Regularly I hear, ‘You’d make an incredible CSO.’ I do know I might be an incredible CSO, however I’m the one one who could be Pheronym’s CEO.”
“Let’s begin with ‘What does a startup CEO do?’ Everybody is aware of that the CEO is the individual in cost, however what does that imply for a small startup? Startup CEO’s can play very totally different roles relying on the kind, stage, and founding group. For instance, digital healthcare, digital agriculture, biotechnology, consumer-facing and B2B startups all have totally different wants. Moreover, a startup is anticipated to create one thing visionary that can rework the trade or create some new and novel know-how. So the startup wants a CEO with a imaginative and prescient.”
“It is all the time been my perception I had the imaginative and prescient required. In 2005, after I accepted the place to determine the mannequin nematode’s (Caenorhabditis elegans) intercourse pheromone, I knew how these discoveries might revolutionize agricultural pest management for nematodes. Quickly after we revealed the work in Nature (2008), the USDA-ARS recruited me to use this discovery to regulate agriculturally essential nematodes. In any case, pheromones had been used to regulate bugs efficiently for many years. Why not for nematodes? Once I was on the USDA, I received the 2011 American Phytopathological Society Schroth Faces of the Future, Nematology Award for my imaginative and prescient of utilizing pheromones to regulate parasitic nematodes. Then, in 2014, my article on the way forward for the nematode pheromone area received an essay contest sponsored by the Genetics Society of America and was revealed within the GSA Reporter. Once I began enthusiastic about submitting patents and commercializing my discoveries, I noticed that I used to be the one one with the data, ardour, and imaginative and prescient to make it occur.” (See extra.)
The Division of Entomology and Nematology seminars–some are digital and a few are in-person–are held at 4:10 p.m. on Wednesdays. Coordinator Shahid Siddique could also be reached at email@example.com for any technical points within the Zoom seminars.