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2020 Synapsis Symposium

Bringing Back Biodiversity

9th Annual Cornell University Graduate Student Plant Breeding Symposium

When: Friday, April 17th, 2020; 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Emerson 135, 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. 

Registration link TBD.

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