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3rd Annual Plant Breeding Workshop

National Association of Plant Breeders

An Initiative of the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (SCC-080)

3rd Annual Meeting, August 2009

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What: the annual meeting of the National Association of Plant Breeders, an initiative of the Plant Breeding coordinating committee
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 students
Where: Madison, Wisconsin - Monona Terrace Convention Center
When: August 3-5, 2009
Host: Bill Tracy and Shelley Jansky, University of Wisconsin
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 Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (SCC-080)

Newsletter notice:

  • August 3-5, 2009, Madison, Wisconsin: 3rd National Plant Breeding Workshop (sponsored by SCC-080, the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee). 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.
  • The workshop has three goals: 1) to carry out discussions on strategies to shape the future of plant breeding, 2) to expose participants to state of the art plant breeding research through invited speakers, and 3) to encourage the exchange of knowledge through poster presentations by participants. Confirmed speakers for the meeting include Mike Cassler (optimizing experiment design), Jim Bradeen (tertiary gene pool of potato), Charlie Brummer (sustainability issues in agriculture), Paul Gepts (bean domestication), Jim Holland (association mapping), and Jeff Doyle (soybean genomics).
  • All plant breeders are encouraged to attend - student and professional, public sector and industry, U.S. and abroad. An optional tour of public and private breeding facilities is also planned (meeting registration: $235 until July 24; on-site $300). For more information contact Shelley Jansky or register online at:
    Or see the meeting web page at

Online registration:

  • Registration is now closed; see you in Madison!
  • (Register online at:



  • Registration and meeting logistics: Shelley Jansky
  • Speaker subcommittee: Bill Tracy (chair), Shelley Jansky
  • General agenda subcommittee: Stephen Baenziger (chair), Phil Simon, Todd Wehner, Linda Wessel-Beaver, Bill Tracy, Shelley Jansky, Ann Marie Thro
  • Business meeting subcommittee: Stephen Baenziger (chair), Phil Simon, Todd Wehner
  • Nominations subcommittee: to be determined (chair), Ann Marie Thro, Jody Scheffler

Optional tours:

  • On Wednesday morning, August 5, participants are invited to participate in a field tour of public and private plant breeding programs near Madison.
  • The tour will begin at 8:00 am and end at noon, and will cost $25.
  • Participants must preregister for the tour; there will be no registration at the meeting.

Schedule for the 2009 meeting (pdf):

  • Monday, August 3
    • 11:00 am: Set up posters (Grand Terrace-East)
      • 11:00 am: Executive committee meeting
    • 1:00 pm: PBCC business meeting 1 (Ballroom A)
    • 2:30 pm: Break (Grand Terrace-East)
    • 3:00 pm: PBCC business meeting 2; Subcommittee meetings (Hall of Ideas-E,F,G)
    • 4:30 pm: PBCC general discussion (Ballroom A)
    • 6:30 pm: Dinner - Wisconsin barbeque (Rooftop)
    • 8:00 pm: Speaker 1 - Epistasis? Jim Holland, NCSU/USDA-ARS (Ballroom A)
    • 9:00 pm: Cash bar (Rooftop)
  • Tuesday, August 4
    • 8:30 am: Speaker 2 - Optimizing Experimental Designs: Finding Hidden Treasure, Mike Casler, USDA-ARS UW-Madison (Ballroom A)
    • 9:15 am: Speaker 3 - Developing forage cultivars for the Southeast: Thoughts on breeding, commercialization, and adoption, Charlie Brummer, Univ. Georgia (Ballroom A)
    • 10:00 am: Break (Grand Terrace-East)
    • 10:30 am: Speaker 4 - Multiple Selections during Domestication in Phaseolus vulgaris, Paul Gepts: UC Davis (Ballroom A)
    • 11:15 am: Speaker 5 - Plant breeding to basic biology and back, Liz Lee: University of Guelph (Ballroom A)
    • 12:00 n: Lunch (Grand Terrace-East)
    • 1:30 pm: Speaker 6 - A dip in the (tertiary) genepool: comparative structural genomics for improved access to genes from wild relatives of potato, Jim Bradeen: Univ. Minn. (Ballroom A)
    • 2:15 pm: Speaker 7 - An accidental breeder: A plant systematist's forays into the secondary germplasm resources of legume crops, Jeff Doyle: Cornell University (Ballroom A)
    • 3:00 pm: Break (Grand Terrace-East)
    • 3:30 pm: Speaker 8 - Creating opportunity through wide-cross hybridization and introgression, David Stelly; Texas A&M (Ballroom A)
    • 4:15 pm: PBCC business meeting 3 (Ballroom A)
    • 5:00 pm: PBCC general discussion (Ballroom A)
    • 7:00 pm: Dinner (Grand Terrace-East)
  • Wednesday, August 5
    • 7:30 am: Tours (optional; sign up on registration webpage) - Tour of local plant breeding facilities, vegetables, maize, forages, bioenergy
    • 1:00 pm: travel home

Instructions for 2009 Workshop:

  • Arrival
    • Airport: Dane County Regional (
    • Airport transportation: Complimentary airport shuttle service is provided by Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, Best Western Inn on the Park, Madison Concourse Hotel, Doubletree Hotel, and Edgewater Hotel.
    • Monona Terrace Convention Center parking: $1.10/hr
  • General
    • There is no dress code requirement for the sessions. However, keep in mind that it can be difficult to maintain good temperature control in large meeting rooms. We suggest you dress in layers or bring a sweater for your comfort.
    • We will provide you with copies of all workshop-related documents; they are also available on the website. White papers are drafts and have undergone various levels of review, so your input is important. Newer versions may be available on the website.

Speakers and topics:

  • Mike Casler, USDA-ARS University of Wisconsin-Madison: Optimizing experimental designs: Finding hidden treasure
  • Jim Bradeen, University of Minnesota: A dip in the (tertiary) genepool: Comparative structural genomics for improved access to genes from wild relatives of potato
  • Charles Brummer, University of Georgia: Breeding for environmental sustainability
  • Paul Gepts, University of California-Davis: Multiple selections during domestication in Phaseolus vulgaris
  • Jim Holland, North Carolina State University and USDA-ARS: Epistasis
  • Jeff Doyle, Cornell University: An accidental breeder: A plant systematist's forays into the secondary germplasm resources of legume crops
  • David Stelly, Texas A&M: Creating opportunity through wide-cross hybridization and introgression
  • Liz Lee, University of Guelph: Plant breeding to basic biology and back


Subcommittee White Papers:

  • Excellence in Science and Technology - white paper (pdf)
  • A Globally Collaborative Agricultural System - white paper (pdf)
  • Competitiveness, Sustainability and Quality of Life in Rural America - white paper (pdf)
  • Safe and Secure Food and Fiber System - white paper (pdf)
  • Healthy, Well-nourished Population - white paper (pdf)
  • Harmony Between Agriculture and the Environment - white paper (pdf)
  • Education and Training of Plant Breeders - white paper (pdf)

Executive Committee Meeting at the Annual Meeting, 2009 (minutes):

  • Members present: Stephen Baenziger, RIta Mumm, Rich Pratt, Mike Havey, Seth Murray, Jodi Scheffler, Mitch Tuinstra, Linda Wessel-Beaver, Randy Johnson, Donn Cummings, Phil Simon, Audrey Trotman, Todd Wehner, Karen Moldenhauer, Abdullah Jaradat, Marcelo Carena
  • PBCC meeting overview:
    • Thanks to Bill Tracy and Shelley Janskey for organizing this year's meeting
    • Business meeting 1 (Stephen Baenziger presiding): by-law changes, wrap up 2009 issues in current subcommittees; decide whether to continue the subcommittee or move to new subcommittee structure
    • Business meeting 2 (Phil Simon presiding): future plan for PBCC; new subcommittee structure that may include:
      • Education
      • Grand challenges (bioenergy, climate change, human nutrition, food security)
      • Awards
      • Communication/common interest
      • Technology/information
      • New subcommittee meetings; election of new officers (secretary, vice chair, chair); membership list; information to congress on plant breeding; build liaisons with other groups
      • Federal view of agricultural science: NIH vs NSF structure for plant and animals systems, health and well being, energy and global change, education and education in NIFA
      • Funding for plant breeding should be placed in a solid position with the communication subcommittee
    • Business meeting 3 (Todd Wehner presiding): award presentation, how should PBCC/NAPB evolve (advocacy vs. science, public vs. private, separate vs. with other societies), next meeting in 2010 with Pioneer (Steven Smith) in Johnston Iowa, thank you to UW; thank you to grad students who attended

Meeting Summary (press release):

Wednesday, August 8th. Madison, WI. One hundred and fifty plant breeders, government representatives and graduate students from across the United States closed the 3rd annual meeting of the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee today at the Madison convention center. The PBCC represents more than 800 US plant breeders who focus on developing plant varieties to supply food, feed, fiber and now fuel for the US and the world. In the past 20 years, the number of trained plant breeders has declined due to a decrease in the number of students entering the field combined with reduced funding for public plant breeding programs; this is at a time when the demand for talented individuals has never been so high. The PBCC discussed current research in plant breeding. Of particular importance, the group addressed ways to sustain the education of future plant breeders and maintain public breeding programs. For further information please contact Phil Simon at or visit


The PBCC is a national coordinating committee of U.S. plant breeders (SCC-080) established in 2007 at a workshop co-organized by USDA-CSREES and the Departments of Crop Science and Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University. The committee works to raise awareness of what plant breeders have done for the nation and how they can contribute to the future of the United States. The group seeks to strengthen U.S. plant breeding capacity by encouraging improvements in infrastructure and education. The PBCC was established as a Land-Grant University Multistate Research Coordinating Committee.

According to guidelines of USDA-CSREES (United States Department of Agriculture – Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service) and ESCOP (Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy), a Coordinating Committee (CC) provides opportunities for scientists, specialists and others to work cooperatively and coordinate activities to solve problems that concern more than one state. The Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (PBCC) is administered by the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (SAAESD) and has been assigned the number "SCC-080". However, participants in SCC-080 can be from any state. Experiment Station directors of each state are encouraged to name an official representative to the SCC-080. Anyone from either the public or private sector interested in the future of plant breeding is encouraged to participate in the PBCC (SCC-080). The PBCC is organized into an executive committee and seven subcommittees.



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