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2011 - 5th Annual Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee Meeting
_____1st Annual National Association of Plant Breeders Meeting______

Hosted by Texas A&M in College Station, Texas May 23-25, 2011


Speakers Topic Institution 
Dr. Joe Bouton Breeding for climate change The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Dr. Tom Brutnell The maize transcriptome Cornell University
Dr. Edward Buckler  Genotyping by sequencing USDA-ARS / Cornell University
Susan Dworkin Historical figures in plant breeding Author: The Viking in the Wheat Field
Dr. Helen Hambly-Odame Education strategies University of Guelph 
Dr. Robert Hanson, J.D.,  Intellectual property issues SNR Denton
Dr. Ben Hayes  The GWS experience in dairy cattle Department of Primary Industries; Australia
Dr. Jim Myers  Organic breeding Oregon State University
Dr. William "Bill" Rooney Sorghum bioenergy breeding Texas A&M University
Dr. Patrick  Schnable The maize genome Iowa State University
Dr. Yanqi Wu "Breeding and Molecular Research in Bermudagrass and Switchgrass" 2010 NAPB early career winner - Oklahoma State University

Graduate Student Talks


Sarah Battenfield

"Improvement in Genetic Yield Potential of Semi-dwarf Wheat in the Great Plains" Graduate student - Oklahoma State University

Yiming Jian

"Highly Efficient Production of Haploid and Doubled Haploid Transgenic Rice
via Agrobacterium tumefaciens-Mediated Transformation"
Graduate student - Texas A&M University

Golam Rasul

"Evaluation of Pre-harvest Sprouting Traits in Spring Wheat Germplasm
using Genotype and Genotype x Environment Model"
Graduate student - South Dakota State University

Shelby Repinski

"The Common Bean Growth Habit Gene PVTFL1y is a Functional Homolog
of Arabidopsis TFL1"
Graduate student - University of California, Davis
Intellectual Property Panel  
Dr. Robert Hanson, J.D.,  Moderator SNR Denton
Dr. Stephen Smith Intellectual Property Panel Pioneer Hybrid International
Dr. Peter Schuerman Intellectual Property Panel Office of Technology Commercialization – Texas A&M University
Dr. Erich E. Veitenheimer Intellectual Property Panel Cooley LLP


The Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (PBCC - USDA SCC80) AND The National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) will hold its 2011 meeting at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, May 23 to the moning of the 25, and optional 1/2-day tour in the afternoon of the 25th.  May 23-25 will include ~1.5 days of invited talks, posters, and ~ two half days of topical discussions and breakout sessions.  Professionals and student participation of diverse breeding disciplines and organismal focus are encouraged to participate.  Goals of PBCC and NAPB are to advance the science, awareness and practice of plant breeding, and to promote USA retention of plant breeding capacities and plant breeding educational capabilities.  Additional information about PBCC and NAPB and its meeting are described at  NAPB is primarily composed of professional and student plant breeders and closely related professions in federal, state, commercial and non-government organizations.  New members are welcome. Registration will be opened February 15, 2011.

The annual meetings provide all plant breeders to network and discuss issues of importance for both the public and private sectors.  According
to Rita Mumm, Vice President-NAPB, these meetings have three goals: 

[1] discuss strategies to shape the future of plant breeding, 
[2] expose participants to state-of-the-art plant breeding research through invited speakers, and 
[3] exchange knowledge through dialogue and poster presentations.

What: the annual meeting of The Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (USDA SCC80) and The National Association of Plant Breeders
Who: all those interested in plant breeding are invited to attend; there are no annual dues; attendees will include public and private sector scientists, and graduate/undergraduate students
Where: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
When: Monday, May 23rd to Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
Host: David Stelly, Seth Murray, Kathy Ferguson, C. Wayne Smith, David Baltensperger (Deparment of Soil and Crop Sciences); Mark Hussey (College of Agriculture)
Objective: The plant breeding coordinating committee serves as a forum regarding issues and opportunities of national and global importance to the public and private sectors of the U.S. national plant breeding effort.
Organized by: the National Association of Plant Breeders
The officially authorized annual meeting of the USDA Multistate Research Project, SCC80, "Plant Breeding" (The Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee)
(Contact: Philipp Simon (, Admin Advisor(s): George Askew (

Registration: Online registration is now closed but onsite registration is availible.
Member*- $400 onsite
*A member is any registering professional, public or private sector, you need not have previously registered to be a member.
Student - $200 Students are highly encouraged to attend the conference and historically have made up ~40% of attendees.

Shuttle transportation is included to and from the hotels, parking on campus is challenging and expensive, a few parking permits will be available ($18 incl. 3 days)

We have lined up a great field and facilities tour (tentative schedule) and the extra cost ($25) will defray the cost of bus rental and lunch

Posters and abstracts: All abstracts were due by April 22nd
Students and professionals are highly encouraged to present POSTERS on their research and results.  Senior graduate students and recently graduated post-doctoral research associates are also encouraged to vie for FOUR 15-MINUTE ORAL PRESENTATION SLOTS.  The oral slots will be awarded based on Poster Abstract submissions.  At least two of these four slots are to be awarded to advanced graduate students.  See the Poster Abstract Submission guidelines (hyperlink above) for applicant qualifications and submission instructions.  Winners are asked to prepare an "Invited oral presentation". All other talks are by invitation only.
  Poster Information (found on page 2 of guidelines .pdf )
1. Maximum dimensions per poster: 3' 7" high (292 cm) x 3' 9" wide (297 cm)
2. Do not mount posters on a backing, as it may not attach well.
3. Pins for poster attachment will be provided.
4. Recommendations:
• Presenters -- attach a small picture of yourself to your poster, after mounting, so that
interested viewers can recognize you, to ask questions.
• One-page printouts are recommended, to be placed near poster, for interested viewers
to take, as desired.
• Practice delivering succinct summaries of your project.
5. No electrical outlets, tables, or chairs will be provided for poster displays.
6. Recommendations to enhance the readability of posters include using 2- to 3-inch title
lettering, numbered figures, and at least 14-point caption text. In general, the most
effective posters lean toward simplicity, not complexity.

Travel: Additional information and links to travel can be found under links below.

International Visitors: If you need a letter for travel please contact David Stelly.

(Airport to/ from hotel):
If you fly into College Station (CLL): Taxi's to your hotel are easy to come by, some hotels may have shuttles, and/or there may be some arrangements made for large groups that arrive or leave together. You may rent a car but there is limited and expensive on campus parking, a 3 day campus parking pass available for $18 (in designated surface lots). This option is available on registration payment page.

If you fly into Houston: Bush International (IAH) is generally closer and easier than Hobby - (HOU) if you have a choice
Airport shuttles exist between Houston (IAH) airport and College Station: ~$26(+tip) each way (this does not constitute an endorsement of this company) add $5 for (HOU). It is also possible to rent a car.

A carpool Doodle scheduler has been set up by Allen Van Deynze This is for information only. You are responsible to arrange rides/car rentals with perspective carpoolers and this is in US/Central time ( )

If you fly into Austin (AUS): No shuttles have been identified but there are various taxi/ limo services. Please be aware it is a 1.5-2hour drive. It is also possible to rent a car. If you are looking to ride share into/out of Austin please let us know.

Flying into Dallas/ Ft. Worth: is an option but is discouraged given the distance and stress of using this airport.

Lodging and Hotels: Six hotels have blocked groups of 20 rooms. Names, prices and group codes are available (click). Locations of the hotels can be found at the bottom of this map (click). If you are looking to share a room Shelby Repinski has graciously agreed to coordinate this via e-mail.

Shuttle between hotels and meeting: Shuttle buses will be traveling to the six hotels at designated times. Parking on campus is limited and expensive so please plan to take the shuttle buses rather than drive (A map for parking can be found here). 3 day campus parking pass available for $18 (in designated surface lots).This option is available on registration payment page. A map of important locations is here (click).

Conference sponsors (so far):

Pioneer Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
USDA NIFA triticeaecap.orgUSDA-NIFA Triticeae Coordinated Agricultural Project (TCAP)

Monsanto Logo

Dow agrosciences logo

Cotton incorperated

Texas AgriLife

Douglas Scientific

DNA Landmarks

Fluidigm logo

Ceres Logo

Sorghum Checkoff logo

American Takii logo

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