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4th Annual Plant Breeding Meeting

National Association of Plant Breeders

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

4th Annual Meeting, August 2010

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What: the annual meeting of the National Association of Plant Breeders; included will be the annual meeting of the Plant Breeding coordinating committee (SCC-080)
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: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, 7000 NW 62nd Avenue, Johnston, Iowa
When: Sunday, August 15 to Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Host: Stephen Smith, Pioneer Hi-Bred
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

Newsletter notice:

  • Announcement - 4th Annual Plant Breeding Meeting
  • The annual meeting of the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB), an initiative of the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (PBCC) will be held August 15-17, 2010, at Pioneer Hi-Bred’s headquarters in Johnston, Iowa. The PBCC serves as a forum for issues and opportunities of national and global importance to the public and private sectors of the U.S. national plant breeding effort. The meeting will begin at noon on Sunday, August 15, and conclude Tuesday afternoon, August 17.
  • The meeting has three goals: 1) to discuss 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 exchange knowledge through poster presentations by participants.
  • On the afternoon of August 17, there will be a career session available for graduate/undergraduate students at the Pioneer facilities. More information about other post-conference activities will be provided in future meeting announcements. Central Iowa, where Johnston is located, is home to a number of other public and private plant breeding programs. Participants may wish to make independent arrangements to visit these while they are in the area.
  • All plant breeders – student and professional, public sector and industry, U.S. and abroad – are encouraged to attend. Please save the date on your calendar now; we will send notications when the online registration site is available.
  • Or see the meeting web page at

Online registration:

  • Your registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and transportation each day. All meeting-related information will be provided at registration.
  • Register online with Eventbrite (


  • Block of hotel rooms are held at the following hotels at Pioneer rates of $67.00 per night. Guests will need to confirm their own reservations by two weeks prior (August 1) otherwise rooms will be released and Pioneer rates will not be available. The hotels are as follows:
    • Hilton Garden Inn, 8600 Northpark Drive, Johnston, IA - 877-782-9444 or 515-270-8890
    • TownePlace Suites (Marriott), 8800 Northpark Drive, Johnston, IA - 866-307-1816 or 515-727-4066
    • Stoney Creek Inn, 5291 Stoney Creek Court, Johnston, IA - 800-659-2220 or 515-334-9000


  • Pioneer Hi-Bred International contact information e-mail address:
  • Speaker subcommittee: Kendall Lamkey (chair)
  • Business meeting subcommittee: Phil Simon (chair)
  • Nominations: Stephen Baenziger

Optional tours:

  • TBA
  • Participants must preregister for the tour; there will be no registration at the meeting.


Schedule for the 2010 meeting:

  • Sunday, August 15, 2010
    • 9:00 a.m.: Pioneer will provide transportation from the airport to the hotels on an hourly basis. Charter buses will be located outside of the baggage claim area with signage.
    • 11:00 a.m.: Pioneer Carver Center Open for Meeting and Poster Setup
    • 11:00 a.m. – Noon: Lunch at Pioneer Carver Center
    • 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.: PBCC Business Meeting at Pioneer Carver Center
    • 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Early Career Program
      • Dr. Stacy Bonos, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Biology & Pathology, Rutgers University
      • Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, Distinguished Professor of Agronomy, Purdue University and World Food Prize Laureate
      • Networking and roundtable discussions
    • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Welcome, Paul Schickler, President, Pioneer Hi-Bred, DuPont, Production Ag
      • John Soper, VP Crop Genetics Research & Development
      • John Bedbrook, VP Ag Biotech Research & Development
      • Introductions/Social
    • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Dinner at Pioneer Carver Center
    • 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Presentation of Young Plant Breeder Award
      • Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, Sorghum Breeder and World Food Prize Laureate at Pioneer Carver Center, Henry A. Wallace Auditorium
    • 9:30 p.m.: Transport back to hotels
  • Monday, August 16, 2010
    • 7:00 a.m.: Charter Buses will pick up at each hotel and transport attendees to Pioneer Carver Center to Hilton Garden Inn, Stoney Creek Inn, TownePlace Suites
    • 7:15 – 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast at Pioneer Carver Center
    • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Poster session
      • 4:15 p.m.: remove posters
    • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Science Meetings (Presentation times TBA)
      • Presenters / Topics
      • 8:30 a.m.: Dr. Stan Cox / The Challenge of Breeding Perennial Grain Crops
      • 9:15 a.m.: Dr. Jeff Habben / The use of transgenes to improve plant performance: an industry perspective
      • 10:30 a.m.: Dr. Shelley Jansky / The potato gene bank pays large dividends
      • 11:15 a.m.: Dr. Gary Muehlbauer / Integrating genomics and breeding in the public sector: the barley CAP example
      • 12:00 noon: Lunch at Pioneer Carver Center
      • 1:30 p.m.: Dr. Dean Podlich and Chris Winkler / Advancing plant breeding through scientific computing
      • 2:15 p.m.: Dr. Ross Whetten / Loblolly pine breeding - the old and the new
      • 3:00 p.m.: Break
      • 3:30 p.m.: Dr. Stacy Bonos / Breeding perennial grasses for turf and biofuel
      • 4:15 p.m.: PBCC Business Meeting; Election Results; Parting Remarks
    • 5:00 p.m.: Buses depart for Downtown Des Moines
    • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Social at Iowa State Historical Building
    • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Dinner at Iowa State Historical Building
      • Dr. Gene Takle, Iowa State Univ.
    • 8:30 p.m.: Depart for hotels
  • Tuesday, August 17, 2010
    • 7:45 a.m.: Transport to Pioneer Carver Center
    • 8:15 – 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast at Pioneer Carver Center
    • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon: Tour of Pioneer Research Facilities - Johnston, IA - Field and Greenhouse Facilities (Advanced Registration Required)
    • 12:00 noon: Box lunches
    • Meeting ends
  • Optional Activities, August 17, 2010
    • 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.: Tour of USDA Plant Introduction Station - Ames, Iowa
      • Hosted by Candice Gardner, transportation provided (Advanced Registration Required)
    • 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Pioneer Research Graduate Student Roundtable Discussions (Advanced Registration Required)

Instructions for 2010 Workshop:

  • Arrival
    • Arrive at the Des Moines International Airport (DSM).
    • Transportation will be provided between the airport and the three preferred hotels listed below. Beginning Sunday, 9:00 AM, a charter bus will loop between the hotels and the airport on an hourly basis. Saturday arrivals need to request the hotel shuttle service.
  • 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.
    • You will be provided with copies of all PBCC workshop-related documents; they are also available on the PBCC 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.
    • Motor coaches will be used to transport attendees between hotels and Pioneer, tours, and to off-site dinner.


  • If you would like to participate in the Monday poster session, you must submit an Abstract for approval by Monday, August 2nd. Send your abstract prepared as outlined in the Poster and Abstract Guidelines to:
  • Upon Abstract approval, for poster preparation, please again review the Poster & Abstract Guidelines. Please bring your posters with you; we will not have the capability to print any posters at the meeting.

Subcommittee White Papers:

  • Grand Challenges
    • N/A
  • Science, Technology and Informatics
    • N/A
  • Communications and Outreach
    • N/A
  • Awards and Nominations
  • Education and Training of Plant Breeders


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 topic-oriented subcommittees as needed.



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