Dr. Praveen K. Saxena is a Professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, and has over 30 years of experience in plant biotechnology. His research focuses on the development of Integrated Plant Production Systems (IPPS) which combine the use of micropropagation, including large-scale multiplication in bioreactors, with cultivation in growth chambers and greenhouses to achieve optimum plant development and chemical profiles. The IPPS technology is currently being optimized for rapid production and commercialization of medicinal plants in addition to value-added crops such as hops, ginseng, goldenseal, apple and hazelnut. Dr Saxena’s conservation program for endangered plant species provides a platform for interdisciplinary research, education and services in fundamental and applied research in conservation biology (www.gripp.ca). He also publishes an online magazine Spiritual Botany (www.spiritualbotany.com) to learn, envision, and disseminate information on plant human relationship and environmental consciousness.