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2019 Synapsis Symposium

Common Plants for Uncommon Goals

8th Annual Cornell University Graduate Student Plant Breeding Symposium

When: Friday, April 12th, 2019; 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Emerson 135, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY or via Zoom webinar

The theme for the 2019 symposium is “Common Plants for Uncommon Goals.” There are a vast number of alternative applications for common crops, but how do we utilize the diversity of knowledge in plant breeding to explore uncommon use cases? Most breeding efforts have focused on classical traits such as yield and disease resistance, with little room for intrepid investigation. Nevertheless, this focus on classical traits has produced a large number of genomic resources that can now be used in novel explorations.

Please register here (free).

This symposium is a member of the Plant Sciences Symposia Series, supported by Corteva Agriscience.

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8:30: Breakfast

9:00: Opening remarks

9:15: Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul, University of Florida, “Feeding Martians: Space exploration in plant biology”

10:15: Coffee break

10:30: Dr. Larry Smart, Cornell University, “From grey area to gold rush: Establishing a long-term breeding program for hemp”

11:30: Dr. Allison Berke, The Good Food Institute, “Plant-based meat and plant proteins: Engineering challenges and product design”

12:30: Lunch

1:30: Brandon Schlautman, The Land Institute, “Breeding common plants for uncommon goals: Perennializing our grain crops and diversifying our cropping systems”

2:30: Dr. Lane Selman, Oregon State University, “Culinary Breeding Network: Building community among breeders, farmers, chefs, retailers & eaters to create better varieties for all”

3:30: Coffee break

3:45: Dr. Bobby Williams, Corteva Agriscience, “Improving soybean seed composition with genome editing”