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2018 Synapsis Symposium

Animalia to Plantae

7th Annual Cornell University Graduate Student Plant Breeding Symposium

When: Friday, March 9th, 2018; 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: 148 Stocking Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY or via Zoom webinar

We are pleased to invite all of you to join us at "Animalia to Plantae", the 7th Annual Cornell University Graduate Student Plant Breeding Symposium. In the genomics era, the barriers between species focused genetics are eroding and innovations in genetics and genomics are broadly applicable across kingdoms. Plant and animal breeding have been advancing on separate tracks for decades but recently have begun to converge. How can plant breeders integrate advances and traditional practices in animal breeding and model species genetics to face the agricultural challenges of the 21st century?

Register here

Lunch will be provided to registered attendees in 148 Stocking Hall. 


            8:15: Breakfast

             8:45: Opening remarks

 9:00Dr. John Hickey, University of Edinburgh, The Roslin Institute- Integration of plant and animal breeding - harvest the many synergies

10:00: Jarrett Man, University of Massachusetts Amherst- The molecular evolution of developmental regulators: leveraging basic understanding for
improved crop yield

10:15: Coffee break

10:30Dr. Philipp Messer, Cornell University, Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology- Can CRISPR gene drives spread in the wild?

11:30Dr. Jack Dekkers, Iowa State University, Department of Animal Science- The use of genomics in animal breeding

12:30: Lunch

1:30: Daljit Singh, Kansas State University- Phenomics-enabled genetic dissection of lodging in wheat through unmanned aerial systems

1:45Dr. Radu Totir, Dupont Pioneer- Leveraging cross-functional applied science to enable high throughput genetic evaluation systems

2:45Dr. Trudy Mackay, North Carolina State University, Department of Genetics- Charting the Genotype-Phenotype Map: Lessons from Drosophila

3:45: Coffee break

4:00Dr. Steve Rounsley, Genus, Senior Director Applied Genomics- A career odyssey: Animalia to Plantae aka Arabidopsis to pigs