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2014 Synapsis Symposium

Breeding Innovations & Policy: Considering Diverse Stakeholders

3rd Annual Cornell University Graduate Student Plant Breeding Symposium

April 25, 2014
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST
135 Emerson Hall,
Cornell University, Ithaca NY

As plant breeders, we are charged with the task of addressing challenges unique to our time.  Intellectual property laws and increasing crop diversity are two issues our community is currently facing.   Further confounding this undertaking, these challenges are not global but instead vary depending on the subset of the population in question.  In order to adequately address these matters, breeding innovations and corresponding policies must be implemented.  This symposium will begin to address the complexity of the task at hand by bringing experts in these different fields together.  

Featuring presentations from:

  • Sheri Breen, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota-Morris
  • Kristina Hubbard, Policy Coordinator for the Organic Seed Alliance
  • Irwin Goldman, Professor of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Andrew Torrance, Professor of Law at the University of Kansas
  • Martha Mutschler-Chu, Professor Cornell University
  • Dennis Byron, Vice President, Crop Product Development at Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc