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International Plant Breeding Congress Announcement and Webinar Reminder with Time Zone

International Plant Breeding Congress

10-14 November, 2013
Anatyla, Turkey

The congress will be organized by Plant Breeders Sub-Union of Turkey (BİSAB) together with Turkish Plant Breeders Association (TUBID), Turkish Seed Union (TURKTOB), ECO Seed Association (ECOSA), along with other such national (GDAR) and international organizations (CIMMYT, ICARDA, EUCARPIA, CIOPORA, etc..). Supporting institutions are Moldova Academy of Science, Serbian Seed Trade and Plant Breeders Association, Bulgarian Seed Association, Hellenic Plant Breeders and Genetic Society, Murdoch University. We intended to bring three different communities together as research and private investment, in a friendly environment of Antalya, Turkey to share what they have and get benefit from each other.

Visit this link for registration information: http://www.intpbc.org.

Upcoming Webinar: Perspectives on the Future Roles of US Land Grant Universities in Plant Breeding

Presented by Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

2 – 4 PM (Pacific Time) Thursday, May 30, 2013
The panel discussion will be streamed live at be http://live.oregonstate.edu/

The goal of this panel is to encourage discussion and thought on the future role of Land Grant Universities in a shifting landscape of Plant Breeding activities and outputs. Plant Breeding is widely acknowledged as a critical endeavor in this era of climate change and population growth. Land Grant Universities and USDA-ARS partners have trained generations of plant breeders within a framework of respected plant breeding programs. Over the past several decades, large-scale variety development for many crops has shifted from Universities and the ARS to the private sector. At the same time public funding for plant breeding has declined. This has led to new challenges and opportunities. An anticipated outcome is a framework for developing an innovative and sustainable model for the graduate program in Plant Breeding and Genetics at Oregon State University.

 

Upcoming Webinar and Course Announcement

Upcoming Webinar: Perspectives on the Future Roles of US Land Grant Universities in Plant Breeding

Presented by Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

2 – 4 PM (Pacific Time) Thursday, May 30, 2013
The panel discussion will be streamed live at be http://live.oregonstate.edu/

The goal of this panel is to encourage discussion and thought on the future role of Land Grant Universities in a shifting landscape of Plant Breeding activities and outputs. Plant Breeding is widely acknowledged as a critical endeavor in this era of climate change and population growth. Land Grant Universities and USDA-ARS partners have trained generations of plant breeders within a framework of respected plant breeding programs. Over the past several decades, large-scale variety development for many crops has shifted from Universities and the ARS to the private sector. At the same time public funding for plant breeding has declined. This has led to new challenges and opportunities. An anticipated outcome is a framework for developing an innovative and sustainable model for the graduate program in Plant Breeding and Genetics at Oregon State University.

Upcoming Online Course: Plant Breeding for Drought Tolerance

Colorado State University will offer a one-credit online course in Plant Breeding for Drought Tolerance August 26 to December 13, 2013. Course instructor is Dr. Patrick Byrne, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. This distance course is targeted to graduate students in the plant sciences, as well as to professionals in the public and private sectors who want to increase their knowledge in this area. It will provide one transferable graduate-level credit. 

The cost of student tuition is US $549 plus a $20 technology fee. Word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required, as is Adobe Reader. Students are required to have access to a computer and Internet access that meet the general CSU recommendations. Interested students are encouraged to provide information through this application form. For questions, please contact the Program Assistant, Kierra Jewell, at Kierra.Jewell@ColoState.edu. Applications will be accepted through August 1, 2013 or until the class is full (20 students).

http://droughtadaptation.org/online_course.html

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New Conifer Genomics Modules: Landscape Genomics and Reference Genome Sequencing

Two New Conifer Genomics Modules: Landscape Genomics and Reference Genome Sequencing

The Conifer Genomics Learning Modules are a series of presentations and supporting materials that describe the field of conifer genomics. The series includes genetics foundation materials as well as more advanced materials on topics of tree genomics. Modules in this series are meant to be integrated into genetics curricula for high school, college, and post-graduate learners.

7th Annual Meeting of the National Association of Plant Breeders

Today is the last day to register for the Tampa, FL June 2-5th meeting at the $350 rate. David Francis and Shawn Yarnes look forward to connecting with everyone at the meeting. See you there!

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Biofortification of Cassava for Africa Presentation and Training Opportunities at UC Davis

Biofortification of Cassava for Africa

Richard Sayer’s December 12, 2012 presentation at the Michigan State University Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology Graduate Programs's Crop Improvement for Human Nutrition Symposium is available to watch now.

Multiple training opportunities available at the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center

For questions and additional information go to SBC or contact Susan DiTomaso.

Seed Business 101 – Field

Seed Business 101 was created with input from industry executives to accelerate the careers of promising new employees and young managers. The course has been offered since fall of 2010 and already attended by over 120 seed professionals. This educational opportunity gives participants a broad understanding of the major aspects of a seed company’s operations and cross-departmental knowledge of best practices for profitability. The UC Davis, CA Field session on January 28 – February 1, 2013 has limited registration space available.

Seed Biology, Production & Quality

This course has been expanded to include both hands-on exercises and detailed discussions of seed production and seed technology. Topics include: Flowering and pollination, seed development and maturation, production and certification, health and phytosanitation, harvesting and conditioning, vigor and viability, storage and longevity, biotechnology and seed enhancement. This class will be at UC Davis on February 12-14, 2013. Five Registered Seed Technologist credits will be available upon completion of the class. Participants also have the opportunity to attend Seed Central Research and Technology, Brainstorming and Forum events on the afternoon of February 14th. For more information see Seed Central

UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy

The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) is a premium professional program offered in the USA, Europe and Asia. To date, more than one hundred private industry breeders have attended the PBA, making it the most significant program of its kind. Registration is now open for Class III of the European Plant Breeding Academy. This program begins in October 2013. There is an early-bird registration discount available until March 31, 2013. For more information on the European Plant Breeding Academy contact Joy Patterson or visit the PBA.

 

Seed Authentication Markers Workshop

This course, in collaboration with the International Seed Academy, will be held at UC Davis on January 22-23, 2013. The program is targeted to experts and professionals in seed technology. This advanced course will cover the latest technologies for seed coatings, seed identification, systemic markers and related topics. Registration is available on the SBC website. Three Registered Seed Technologist credits will be available upon completion of this course.

Program Management for Plant Breeders

This course will teach the principles of employee and resource management in a modern agricultural research program. It is designed for professionals directing plant breeding and laboratory programs. The session is scheduled for February 19-21, 2013 at UC Davis.

Jewels in the Genome Update and Upcoming PAG Workshop

Jewels in the Genome Update

RosBreed presents seven new Jewels in the Genome articles highlighting genomic regions important to the Rosacea. Jewels in the Genome is our short review series. Each Jewel highlights genomic regions that can be used for marker-assisted selection. The Jewels in the Genome series is written to describe marker-assisted breeding advances to an audience that includes producers, students, and professional plant breeders.

Jewels in the Genome
Apple Texture Presented by RosBREED
Crisp, Juicy Apples with Pleasing Acidity Presented by RosBREED
Fruit Texture in Peach Presented by RosBREED
Green Picotee Petunia
Peach Flavor Presented by RosBREED
Pepper Heat
Seedcoat Pigmentation in Soybean: An RNA Silencing Mediated Trait
Self-Fertility in Cherry Presented by RosBREED
Strawberry Acidity Presented by RosBREED
Sweet Cherry Fruit Size Presented by RosBREED
Tale of the Tomato Green Flesh Mutant
The Genetics of Compound Inflorescence in Tomato
Tomato Chilling Injury
Tomato Fruit Size

Join the Plant Breeding and Genomics Continuing Education Workshop
International Plant & Animal Genome XXI Conference, San Diego, CA, USA

Date: Monday, January 14, 2013
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Garden Salon 2 (above Charlies restaurant)

The Plant Breeding and Genomics (PBG) Community of Practice on eXtension.org will highlight the need, both locally and globally, for technical continuing education in the field of genomic assisted crop improvement. The growth of publically available sequence data for numerous crop species, and increasing power of open access computational tools, has opened up new strategies for crop improvement for all plant breeders. Inquiry-based learning, through self-paced, how-to, educational modules is proving to be a successful way to connect breeding professionals to emerging technologies. This session will provide an introduction to the PBG community, its resources, and strategies to integrate and expand the community.

 

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Invitation to Workshop at PAG & UC Davis Short Course Announcement

Plant Breeding and Genomics Continuing Education Workshop at PAG

International Plant & Animal Genome XXI Conference, San Diego, CA, USA
Date: Monday, January 14, 2013
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Garden Salon 2 (above Charlies restaurant)

The Plant Breeding and Genomics (PBG) Community of Practice on eXtension.org will highlight the need, both locally and globally, for technical continuing education in the field of genomic assisted crop improvement. The growth of publically available sequence data for numerous crop species, and increasing power of open access computational tools, has opened up new strategies for crop improvement for all plant breeders. Inquiry-based learning, through self-paced, how-to, educational modules is proving to be a successful way to connect breeding professionals to emerging technologies. This session will provide an introduction to the PBG community, its resources, and strategies to integrate and expand the community.

 

UC Davis Short-Course Announcement: 
Program Management for Plant Breeders

Date:February 19-21, 2013
Location: Univeristy of California Davis
Early-bird Registration: Until January 21, 2013
More Information: http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/education/Courses/Program_Management_for_Plant_breeders_2013.html

This course is designed to enhance management skills of plant breeders and technical leads. Professionals directing these programs in agricultural research, in agribusiness development and those from the public sector will benefit from attending this course

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Plant Breeding and Genomics Partnerships

Partnering with Plant Breeding & Genomics

Plant Breeding and Genomics (PBG) is a multi-institutional group of researchers and IT professionals supporting science-based outreach efforts at http://www.extension.org/plant_breeding_genomics. PBG and their partners work together to create, edit, peer review and publish outreach material to eXtension, the on-line publishing arm of Cooperative Extension. PBG offers outreach and education efforts aimed at plant breeders, seed industry professionals, and students. Publishing to eXtension represents a defined objective for inclusion in AFRI competitive grants.

PBG is home to a variety of high quality outreach materials, including: breeding and genomics tutorials and webinars, crop-specific breeding information, and grower-specific information. PBG offers an established network for outreach and education. Since the launch of our webinar series in September 2011, PBG content has been visited 250 thousand times; with 1035 people from 56 countries and hundreds of organizations registered to receive the PBG newsletter.

PBG is committed to free sharing of ideas, techniques, and computational tools for the advancement of science, agriculture, and global food security. We are looking for partners who share our commitment to excellence in science outreach. If you are interested in including PBG in upcoming proposals you will want to get a PBG letter of support. Please contact Shawn Yarnes (shawnyarnes@gmail.com) or David Francis (francis.77@osu.edu) for further information.

 

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Crop Improvement for Human Nutrition Symposium at Michigan State University

 Register now to join the Plant Breeding and Genomics Community of Practice for a live two-part web broadcast of :

Michigan State University’s Crop Improvement for Human Nutrition Symposium

Date: Friday, December 14, 2012

The main purpose of agricultural production is to efficiently grow food so we can lead healthy, productive and prosperous lives. Historically, plant breeding's main goal has been increasing yield. However, in the last decades questions have been raised about how much interest should be placed on the importance of food factors associated with human health that are commonly found in deficient levels among populations. In this symposium, we discuss the recent advances of plant breeding for human nutrition and their implications for consumers.

Webinar 1: Morning Session

9:15 am – 10:15 ET
Richard Sayre Los Alamos National Laboratory
Cassava for Africa

10:45-11:45 am ET
Dilrukshi Thavarajah
North Dakota State University:
Pulse Biofortification: Linking Food Systems for Better Human Heath

Register for morning session now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/312159465

Webinar 2: Afternoon Session

1:30-2:30 pm ET
Torbert Rocheford
Purdue University
Genetic, Genomic, and Human Visual Analyses and Selection Approaches for Orange, High Provitamin A Maize Grain for Africa

2:30-3:30 pm ET
Irwin Goldman
University of Wisconsin
Take Two Onions and Call Me in the Morning: Possibilities and Pitfalls in Breeding for Health-Related Traits

Register for afternoon session now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/167134233

 

 

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PGB’s New Content Coordinator and Links to New Webinar Recordings

Plant Breeding and Genomics Community of Practice is pleased to announce our new content coordinator, Shawn Yarnes.

Shawn joins the project via Ohio State University from her home base, UC Davis, where she recently completed post-doctoral work with Allen VanDeynze. She has a background in QTL discovery and disease resistance breeding in a variety of crop and tree species.  Feel free to contact her with any questions you may have about PBG content at shawnyarnes@gmail.com.

Watch the Latest Plant Breeding and Genomics Webinar Recordings

SolCAP Workshop at PAA 2012 Webinar

This webinar is a selected portion of a live broadcast of the SolCAP workshop at the 96th Annual Potato Association of America Meeting in Denver, Colordo.

Breeding In a Genomics Era: State of the Art and New Opportunities – Live from ASHS 2012

This webinar is a selected portion of a live broadcast of a colloquim featuring SolCAP project members at the 2012 American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) conference in Miami, Florida.

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New Webinar: Live from PAA 2012 the SolCAP Workshop

Join the Plant Breeding and Genomics Community of Practice for a live broadcast from the Potato Association of America Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Title: SolCAP Workshop Live from PAA 2012

Day: August 12, 2012

Time: 3pm to 7pm Eastern Time (-500 GMT), 2pm to 6pm Central Time, 1pm to 5pm Mountain Time, 12pm to 4pm Pacific Time

Register: http://www.extension.org/pages/64775/solcap-workshop-at-paa-2012-webinar

Presentations

A Century of Potato Breeding: Improvement, Diversification, and Diversity. Candace Hirsch.

Seeking and Verifying Candidate Genes on the Infinium 8303 Potato SNP Array. Richard Veilleux.

SNP Mapping and QTL Analysis in a Tetraploid Mapping Population. David Douches.

A Case Study: What to Do When Your SNP Data Set Arrives. Sarah Braun.

A New User's Experience with TetraploidMap and SolCAP SNPs for QTL Analysis in Potato. Jaebun Park.

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