Bringing Back Biodiversity
9th Annual Cornell University Graduate Student Plant Breeding Symposium
When: Friday, April 17th, 2020; 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: 148 Stocking Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY or via Zoom webinar
The theme for the 2020 symposium is “Bringing Back Biodiversity.” Modern plant breeding activities largely emphasize improvement of monocultures that are derived from relatively narrow gene pools, but this approach is changing partially because of advances in affordable sequencing technology and widespread interest in maintaining sustainable agroecosystems that leverage natural genetic diversity to express desirable traits. We are interested in hearing more about efforts to collect and maintain germplasm of wild and closely-related relatives of useful plants, and how these exotic varieties are practically incorporated into breeding programs during cultivar development. Discussion of other novel approaches that utilize diversity to improve plant traits is welcomed.
Online registration coming soon.
This symposium is a member of the Plant Sciences Symposia Series, supported by Corteva Agriscience.
Learn more about the Corteva Plant Sciences Symposia Series - - Working with students at universities around the world to stimulate discussions about agriculture.
Student travel scholarships
Travel scholarships for graduate student speakers are welcome. Selected applicants should be prepared to give a 15 minute talk focused on their research with 5 minutes for questions on the day of the symposium. Research topics do not have to strictly adhere to our theme, applicants will be selected based on the overall merits of their application. Student speakers from within and outside of Cornell are welcome! More information and application.
- Application Opens: mid-October 2019
- Application Closes: February 7, 2020
- Applicants Notified: February 14, 2020