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Agriculture:
the foundation
of civilization

Plant breeding:
the foundation
of agriculture

Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee

Subcommittee - Healthy, Well-nourished Population

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This is the report from the subcommittee on a Healthy, Well-nourished Population. It met as part of the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee in Des Moines, Iowa on June 16-18, 2008.

This report was prepared by: Michael Havey

  • Officers for 2008-09
    • Linda Pollak, Past Chair (Linda.pollak@ars.usda.gov)
    • Michael Havey, Chair (mjhavey@wisc.edu)
    • Surinder Gulia, Vice-Chair (gulias@FVSU.EDU)
    • Shelley Jansky, Secretary (shjansky@wisc.edu)
  • Progress on White Paper and Plan to Finish
    • The White Paper has been written and is ready for final edits, which are to be incorporated by July 1, 2008. Possible additions or edits:
      • Reference to the four main health problems faced by North Americans (heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity)
      • Statements regarding the benefits of specific carbohydrates (such as beta-glucans) in grains
      • Addition of scientific references
      • Add one liners for opening statements or ask statements on website by September 1
    • Our group will work with Caron Gala of the American Society of Agronomy to produce a one-page glossy, eye-catching fact sheet for eventual distribution to our partners and to provide information for the PBCC one-page fact sheet. Our goal is to complete this sheet by August 31, 2008. For our fact sheet, we need:
      • An opening statement that catches the attention of the reader, maybe referencing pre-biotic advantages.
      • Examples of value-added characteristics with regard to health enhancement (examples of baby carrots or non-browning apples to increase consumption or specific grains, fruits or vegetables with more health-enhancing compounds or lower deleterious compounds). "Vehicle of choice" for delivery of beneficial attributes.
      • Scientific references to document facts and provide additional information if desired by the reader.
      • Pictures that easily convey our message.
    • Present one-pagers at grower meetings and field days held by committee
      members to inform them of our efforts and enlist their support.
  • Discussion on how to work with entire the PBCC group to increase USDA-NRI projects that include a field-oriented plant breeder as PI.
    • add notes
  • Discussion of metrics for excellence in plant breeding for healthy population
    • Metrics for quantity (numbers of):
      • Refereed articles
      • Breeding lines and releases
      • Graduate students trained (MS and PhD)
      • Seed packets sent out
      • Number of MTAs or licenses
      • Letters of support
      • Stage of program and contributions to the pipeline
      • PVP and patents
      • Outreach (field days, Tech Transfer)
      • Return on investment (breeding efficiency)
      • Educational effort
      • Trait discovery and expression
      • Establishing interdisciplinary teams
      • Number of grants applied for; number won
    • Metrics for quality:
      • Market share
      • Research and/or teaching awards
      • Royalties per year
      • Number of grants funded
      • Successful trait introgression into elite germplasm
      • Citation index and impact factor
      • Contributions to educational experience
    • Metrics for creativity:
      • Letters documenting risks and successes
      • Testimony of peers
      • Charting area to identify potential areas
      • Patents
      • Added value
      • Niche products
  • Discussion of potential partners for our sub-committee
    • Global Initiative for Plant Breeding
    • Plant Breeding Companies Worldwide
    • Federal agencies: FDA, Health Canada
    • Scientific societies: medical associations, dietary and nutrition associations, etc.
    • Universities and Agricultural Institutes in foreign countries
    • CGIAR
  • Participants in Health Nutrition Subcommittee
    • Beiquan Mou (beiquan.mou@ars.usda.gov)
    • Curtis Scherder (curtis.w.scherder@monsanto.com)
    • Greg Tolla (Greg.tolla@seminis.com)
    • Ida Wenefrida (iwenefrida@agcenter.lsu.edu)
    • Jason Cavatorta (JRC87@cornell.edu)
    • Jay Romsa (Jay.romsa@genmills.com)
    • Jim Hancock (Hancock@msu.edu)
    • Leah McCann (lcmccann@wisc.edu)
    • Linda Pollak (Linda.pollak@ars.usda.gov)
    • Mark Newell (newell@iastate.edu)
    • Michael Havey (mjhavey@wisc.edu)
    • Phil Simon (psimon@wisc.edu)
    • Shelley Jansky (shjansky@wisc.edu)
    • Surinder Gulia (gulias@FVSU.EDU)
    • Todd Wehner (Todd_Wehner@ncsu.edu)
    • Wenwei Xu (email ?)

 

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