Crop Improvement for Human Nutrition Symposium at Michigan State University

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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

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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

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