Soybeans: Way More Than Just Nice Yellow Seeds

This webinar on soybean breeding by Istvan Rajcan of the University of Guelph took place on May 13, 2015.

This webinar is part of the 2015 National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) Webinar Series. Find all upcoming and recorded webinars at https://plant-breeding-genomics.extension.org/webinar-registration-and-archive/

Handout of slides for this webinar

About the Presenter

Istvan Rajcan is involved in breeding soybeans to develop new high-yielding, high quality and disease resistant varieties for the short- and medium-season soybean growing areas of Canada. Most varieties developed in this program are rated within the range of 2400 to 2900 crop heat units (CHU), or relative maturity groups 000 to I (USDA classification). They are grown primarily in Ontario but also in Quebec, southern Manitoba and some European countries.  In support of the breeding program, research is conducted in two main focal areas of interest: (1) soybean seed quality traits in relation to developing value-added products for niche markets (output traits) and, (2) the genetics of soybean disease resistance.

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Putting the Snap in Peas: NAPB Webinar

This presentation is part of the “How to Breed New Plant Varieties: Imagining and Engineering Crops” series and describes the breeding of stringless snap peas.

 

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Full Recording

Original Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Resources

Presentation slides (pdf)

Dr. Jim Myers’ page at Oregon State University

About the Webinar

Dr. Jim Myers from Oregon State University will present a webinar on the breeding of stringless snap peas.

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About the Presenter

Dr. Myers has breeding programs on snap beans, snap peas, broccoli, tomatoes and cucurbits. His academic interests include breeding for disease resistance, enhanced human nutrition, and adaptation to organic production systems.

Dr. Jim Myers

 

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Cuckoo for Cucurbit Vine Crop Breeding

This presentation is part of the “How to Breed New Plant Varieties: Imagining and Engineering Crops” series and describes the breeding of cucurbit vine crops.

 

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Original Broadcast Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

About the Webinar

Dr. Michael Mazourek from Cornell University will present a webinar on the breeding of cucurbit vine crops.

Slides from the presentation (pdf)

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About the Presenter

The overall theme of Dr. Mazourek’s program is innovation of vegetables for adaptation for production in the Northeastern US and to be of improved quality and nutrition for consumers.

Mr. Michael Mazourek

Resources

Dr. Mazourek’s faculty page

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Get the Dirt on Potato Breeding: NAPB Webinar

This presentation is part of the “How to Breed New Plant Varieties: Imagining and Engineering Crops” series and describes the breeding of potato.

 

Original Air Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Full Recording

Presentation slides (72 MB pdf)

About the Webinar

Dr. Walter De Jong from Cornell University will present a webinar on the breeding of potato.

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About the Presenter

Dr. Walter De Jong’s research centers around the genetic improvement of potato, both by conventional and molecular genetic means. Our breeding program aims to develop new chipping and tablestock varieties that are adapted to the Northeast and meet ever-changing needs of the regional potato industry.

Dr. Walter De Jong

Resources

Dr. Walter De Jong’s faculty page

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Webinar Series: Getting Started with Barcode-based Digital Data Collection for Vegetable Breeding Programs

About the Webinar Series

The webinars in this series are targeted to small to mid size vegetable seed companies and horticultural researchers. Considering the transition from clipboard to tablet? This series of 3 webinars by Michael Mazourek of Cornell University will provide user friendly strategies to getting started with digital data collection and setting up your breeding or trial program with a barcode based system.  The system is designed to utilize off-the-shelf solutions such as standard spreadsheets and instruments that can be purchased from familiar scientific suppliers.

Recordings of past webinars in this series are available below

August 24, 2017, 2PM Eastern Time, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time
Part 1: Introduction to Barcode-Based Digital Data Collection for Vegetable Breeding Programs

Part 1 will consist of an overview of a comprehensive seed to field to fruit to seed system we have evolved to manage an array of vegetable crop breeding projects with special consideration for managing crops that will have multiple fresh market harvests. An introduction to barcoded information, plot and plant identity systems we employ, considerations and the overall infrastructure will be presented.

September 7, 2017. 2PM Eastern Time, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time
Part 2: Collecting Data in the Field with Barcode-Based Digital Data Collection for Vegetable Breeding Programs

Part 2 will focus on field based aspects from transplant to field, materials and supplies required, and strategies to collect observations in the field, including photography.

September 28, 2017. 2PM Eastern Time, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time
Part 3: Harvest Data and Final Analysis
with Barcode-Based Digital Data Collection for Vegetable Breeding Programs

Part 3 will focus on harvest based component of the system with an emphasis on the connected instrumentation for dimensions, weights, photographs and quality instruments and how data is compiled for final analysis. At the conclusion, participants will be able to evaluate whether they will choose to invest in this technology and will have examples of how to get started in assembling their own data collection pipeline.

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About the Presenter

Michael Mazourek is the Calvin Knoyes Keeney associate professor in Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University. His breeding program focuses on the improvement of vegetable crops for organic production systems and accompanying genomic analyses to identify genes under selection and develop tools to facilitate vegetable breeding progress. Michael teaches Plant Genetics and conducts on-farm and participatory plant breeding workshops including ones as part of NOVIC, the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative. He has released several cultivars including the Habanada pepper, Martini cucumber, Trifecta melon and an array of butternut squash. His program includes several vegetables, but has a focus on pest and disease resistance in addition to flavor and convenience traits that promote the consumption of naturally nutritious foods.

Funding for this webinar series is being provided by a USDA NIFA AFRI project entitled Genomic and Phenomic Tools to Support Vegetable Cultivar Development: Winter Squash as an Initial Target.

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Keen on Quinoa Breeding: NAPB Webinar

Original Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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Full Recording

Resources

Download a copy of the presentation slides (.pdf)

About the Webinar

Dr. Kevin Murphy of Washington State University will present a webinar on the breeding of quinoa.

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About the Presenter

Dr. Murphy leads the barley and alternative crop breeding program at WSU.  Their goal is to increase the genetic- and bio-diversity of cropping systems across Washington State through the development of new cultivars and ecologically-rooted production practices.

Dr. Kevin Murphy

Resources

Dr. Murphy’s faculty page

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Making Appealing Apples: NAPB Webinar

Original Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Full Recording

Download a copy of the slides (pdf)

About the Webinar

Dr. Kate Evans from Washington State University will present a webinar on the breeding of apples describing apple breeding techniques new and old and also current practice in her program at WSU

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About the Presenter

Dr. Evans is experienced in all aspects of traditional apple and pear breeding techniques, including design and implementation of crossing programs, seedling selection including resistance to many diseases and selection for fruit quality.

Dr. Kate Evans

Resources

Faculty page for Dr. Evans

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