February 15, 2017
Rudder Tower 601
The Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium is aiming at strengthening knowledge in skills at utilizing genetic diversity in plant breeding programs. This event will include presentations, a laptop session, and a panel discussion with plant breeders currently working towards effectively utilizing genetic diversity in their independent breeding programs.
MEET AND GREET
The pre-social will give the opportunity to students to network with visiting panelist, travel scholarship recipients, and student speakers so as to learn more about their work and research.
GRADUATE STUDENT PRESENTATIONS
Our final event will feature oral presentations from the travel scholarship recipients and selected student oral presenters of the TAMU Student Research Competition. This will be a great opportunity to learn research being conducted at other universities nationwide and at TAMU.
Doors Open/Lunch Begins
Welcome by Texas A&M Symposium Committee
Dr. Paul Gepts
"Where does a plant breeder go to find diversity?”
Historical (centers of genetic diversity and migration over time)
Challenges and Opportunities
Dr. Colin Khoury
Using present database sites: - Students explore resources for their crops. What is available to them?
Interactive survey of attendees’ background/experience on where they obtain diversity
How to navigate through Genesys, GRIN-Global, Crop Wild Relatives resources, and other resources
Attendees investigate online information and germplasm resources for crop genepools of their interest/focus
Dr. Susan McCouch
“Application of creative techniques to use exotic diversity for plant breeding”
Dr. Colin Khoury (Moderator)
Dr. Michael Thomson (Molecular Rice Breeder)
Dr. David Stelly (Cotton)
Dr. Susan McCouch (Rice)
Dr. William Rooney (Sorghum)
Dr. David Byrne (Rose breeder)
Meet and Greet
"The Contribution of Breeding to Yield Advances in Sorghum"
Texas A&M University
"Genomic selection and genotype by environment interaction in a wheat breeding program including environmental information"
University of Wisconsin-Madison
"The Characterization of Pecan Germplasm Using Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS)"
Texas A&M University
"Anticipatory Breeding for Phytophthora Blight Resistance in Chile Pepper"
New Mexico State University
Closing Remarks/ Opening Sessions Adjourned