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Domestication: The Crossroads of Cultural and Natural Diversity

4th Annual Cornell University Graduate Student Plant Breeding Symposium

Friday, March 20th, 2015
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST
135 Emerson Hall,
Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Webinar (password: 4ThPlant)


This year's symposium will focus on the ways in which modern crop diversity, the raw material for selection by breeders, is shaped by the intersection of the specific histories of culturally-mediated selection (e.g. culturally valued traits and agronomic practices) and the biology and population dynamics of the crop plants and their wild progenitors.


   8:30 AM: Breakfast
   9:00 AM: Welcome address
   9:15 AM: Adam Boyko, Assistant Professor in Biomedical Sciences        at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
             Contrasting patterns of genetic diversity between village dogs
             and purebred dogs
10:15 AM: Coffee break
   10:30 AM: Bob Meeley, Senior Research Scientist in Trait Discovery    and Technologies at DuPont Pioneer
             Discovery approaches within an industry context: how can
             crop native traits help inform the forward problem?
11:30 AM: Karl Zimmerer, Professor and Head of the Department          of Geography at Pennsylvania State University
             Agrobiodiversity as coupled systems: interactions of cultural
             and natural diversity amid global environmental and
             socioeconomic changes
12:30 PM: Lunch break
    1:30 PM: Nyree Zerega, Director of the Graduate Program in Plant       Biology and Conservation at Northwestern University, Director of           the Nancy Poole Rich Herbarium at the Chicago Botanic Garden
             Tale of two underutilized tree crops: Where did they come 
             from and where are they going?
 2:30 PM: Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, Associate Professor of Plant Sciences     at the University of California Davis
             Evolutionary genetics of maize adaptation: domestication and 
 3:30 PM: Coffee break
    3:45 PM: Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, Director of the Hopi Cultural               Preservation Office
Hopi corn: The soul of Hopi culture