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5 December 2023

Agro-Phyto Webinar - Low Nicotine Tobacco - Current Insight & Perspectives for the Agricultural Production of Raw Materials



Webinar Recording



Low nicotine tobacco (<0.5 mg/g) and proposed standards from regulatory entities remain a key challenge within the industry. The potential transition from traditional production to low nicotine production systems would impact all stages of crop growth and management. For example, the current suite of commercially available varieties are unlikely to meet the proposed nicotine limit; therefore, new varieties will be required by interested producers. Moreover, crop management practices have traditionally been developed to secure acceptable yield and alkaloid balance for a diverse range of tobacco-based products. Therefore, alternative agricultural practices will have to be developed for low nicotine tobaccos. This webinar seeks to highlight our current understanding of low nicotine production capabilities as well as the successes and failures of applied research in the areas of genetics and agronomy.


Programme and Presenters


  • 2:00 pm - 2:05 pm CET - Webinar Introduction
    Matthew VANN, PhD, Associate Professor / Tobacco Extension Specialist, North Carolina State University, USA (Webinar Chair)
  • 2:05 pm - 2:25 pm CET - Opportunities to Use Modified Plant Genetics to Reduce Tobacco Nicotine Levels
    Ramsey LEWIS, PhD, University Faculty Scholar, Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding, Dept. of Crop & Soil Sciences, North Carolina State University, USA
  • 2:25 pm - 2:45 pm CET - Breeding for Low Nicotine Tobacco Varieties and Impact of Lower Alkaloids Lines on Plant Defence
    Anna MALPICA, PhD, Breeder and R&D Manager, Bergerac Seed & Breeding, France
  • 2:45 pm - 3:05 pm CET - Agronomic Practices for Low Nicotine Tobacco Production
    David REED, PhD, Extension Agronomist, Tobacco, Southern Piedmont AREC, Virginia Tech University, USA

Q&A and Panel Discussion

  • 3:05 pm - 3:30 pm CET - All presenters and Chair.
    Moderated by Stewart LIVESAY, PhD, Director of Agronomy Services, Universal Leaf Tobacco Co., USA


In the Press

Aiming Low (Tobacco Reporter - January 2024)