National Plant Breeders Annual Meeting Coming to Cotton Incorporated
June 22, 2016

The 2016 National Association of Plant Breeders Annual Meeting is being held in Raleigh, North Carolina August 15-18. The meeting provides unique opportunities for private and public sector plant breeders from 40+ crops to share innovative breeding strategies, discuss emerging technologies, and ultimately develop improved varieties.

The 2016 meeting starts with a field tour of several breeding programs at three North Carolina State University Experiment Stations. Crops featured are cotton, cucumbers, melons, peanuts, soybeans, stevia, sweet potatoes, and tobacco. The field tours are followed by two days of presentations on topics ranging from high throughput phenotyping to CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing. Because research is conducted in 40+ crops, innovative discoveries can be parlayed into improving multiple crops of interest.

In addition to 13 renowned speakers, graduate students will be featured as they present mini-presentations and posters showcasing their research in field and horticultural crops, forages, turf, ornamentals, and forest trees. The three-day meeting will conclude with site visits to two Cary based companies, SAS and Cotton Incorporated. Don Jones, Director of Agricultural Research at Cotton Incorporated, serves as the Chair of the Planning Committee helping to organize and host the event on behalf of the cotton industry.

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