2018 NAPB Annual Meeting Daily Schedule of Events

Program for the meeting

Tuesday August 7th

8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Busses leave 8 AM sharp from the parking lot P31 (behind the Gryphon Statue at the corner of Stone Road and Gordon Street)
Pre-meeting tour.  Join us at one of North America’s foremost horticultural research centres - Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC) and the University of Guelph’s tender fruit breeding program.  Our highly-skilled research team will demonstrate some of our leading edge projects and breeding programs including sweet potatoes, apples, tomatoes and roses.  You will hear about Vineland’s consumer insights & tomato flavour research, which assists to help guide the development of new tomato varieties. At Vineland’s Victoria Avenue Research Farm you will walk through rows of hardy roses and learn about Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection. Another featured stop will be our stunning apple breeding program as well as Vineland’s sweet potato breeding program featuring a soon-to-be-released new Canadian-bred sweet potato. A guaranteed highlight of the tour will be the walk-through of Vineland’s Collaborative Greenhouse Technology Centre. This pre-commercial scale greenhouse is the largest focused on horticulture research in Canada with a footprint of approximately one acre. This space brings companies, industry and researchers together to foster collaboration and drive economic growth by bridging the gap between innovation and commercialization.

This is a tour you will not want to miss and we look forward to welcoming you.  Coffee and lunch will be provided.

5:30 – 9:00 pm Meeting Registration Open - Science Complex Atrium
6:00 – 7:30 pm PBCC Business Meeting - Science Complex 1511
6:00 – 9:00 pm NAPB Welcome Reception - Science Complex Atrium
Join us for an evening reception to kick off the meeting.  The reception is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and listen to some music from one of our local bands. Food and drinks will be served.

Wednesday August 8th

7:30 – 9:00 am Meeting Registration Open - Rozanski Concourse
  Session #1. Welcome and Keynote - Rozanski Hall 101
Session Chair: Elizabeth Lee, University of Guelph
8:00 – 8:30 am Opening Address by:
Rene Van Acker, Dean, Ontario Agricultural College
Hugh Earl, Chair, Department of Plant Agriculture
Elizabeth Lee, Professor, University of Guelph
8:30 – 9:30 am Keynote Speaker: Nigel Raine, University of Guelph
    Pollinators and Pollination Under Pressure: Problems and Progress with this Predicament
9:30 – 10:00 am Break
  Session #2. Graduate Student Talks - Rozanski Hall 101
Session Chair - Andy Chen, University of Guelph
10:00 – 10:30 am Joshua Anderson, University of Minnesota   
     Phenotyping Apple Fruit (Malus x. domestica Borkh.) Using Portable Spectrometers
10:30 – 11:00 am Charlene Grahn, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Moving Toward Marker-Assisted Selection for Carrot Shoot Traits in Diverse Crop Management Systems  
11:00 – 11:30 am Nicholas Santantonio, Cornell University
    Homeologous Epistasis in Allohexaploid Wheat: The Search for an Immortal Hybrid
11:30 am – noon Marco Lopez-Cruz, Michigan State University
    Selection Index Based on Hyperspectral Image Data to Increase Genetic Gain
Noon to 5:30 pm Tour of the Elora Research Station.   Grab a box lunch, hop on a bus, and join us for some sunshine and fresh air while we tour the University of Guelph’s main agricultural field research station – the Elora Research Station. Tour stops will include soybean, cereals, dry bean, corn, and Russian dandelion breeding programs, the recently completed “big data” dairy barn, and the DNA Barcoding Biobus. Please wear closed toed shoes.
Box Lunch Pick-up - Rozanski Concourse
Proceed directly to busses in Parking Lots P14/P15
5:30 to 8:00 pm BBQ at the Elora Research Station.  Join us for a good old-fashioned Canadian BBQ at the station and enjoy the fabulous musical stylings of NAPB’s very own John Clark.  Warning, there may be butter tarts….   Busses will return to Guelph around 8:30 pm, Parking Lot P31.

Thursday August 9th

7:30 – 9: am Meeting Regisration Open- Rozanski Concourse
  Session #3. Plant Breeders Rights and Breeding Dioecious Crops - Rozanski Hall 101
Session Chair - Lewis Lukens, University of Guelph
8:00 – 8:30 am Anthony Parker, Canadian Plant Breeders Rights Office
    Plant Breeders' Rights: What You Should Know
8:30 – 9:00 am Greg Baute, Anandia Labs
    Bringing Genomics and Modern Breeding Tools to a Budding Industry
9:00 – 9:30 am Dave Wolyn, University of Guelph
    Asparagus Breeding: All-Male Hybrids in a Dioecious Perennial Crop 
9:30 – 10:00 am Break
  Session #4. Mini-Talks and talks by NAPB Award Winners - Rozanski Hall 101
Session Chair - Istvan Rajcan, University of Guelph
10:00 – 10:30 am Graduate Student mini-talks I
Moderator - David Stelly, Texas A&M
10:30 – 11:00 am John Clark, University of Arkansas
    Opportunities, Challenges, and Wrinkles in a Plant Breeding Career
11:00 – 11:30 am Rob Duncan, University of Manitoba
    Building Upon the Success of Brassica Breeding at the University of Manitoba   
11:30 am – noon Robert Allan, Washington State University
    My Wheat Breeding Journey Among Good Company
noon – 12:30 pm Graduate Student mini-talks II
Moderator - David Stelly, Texas A&M
12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch - Creelman Hall
2:00 – 5:00 pm Poster viewing session - Science Complex  Atrium
There will be three 50-minute poster viewing sessions, giving both poster presenters and viewers ample opportunities to both present their work and to interact with poster presenters.
Set-up (7:30 -2pm Thursday) and take down (4:30-5pm)
Posters may be stored overnight in Rozanski 101 if desired.
4:30 – 6:00 pm NAPB Business Meeting - Rozanski 101
6:00 – 9:00 pm NAPB Banquet - Creelman Hall
6:00-7:00 - Reception
7:00-9:00 - Dinner

Please join us to celebrate our 2018 NAPB award winners.  Cocktails followed by a fabulous dinner prepared by the University of Guelph’s award winning chefs.
9:00 pm - After Party - Brass Taps, University Centre

Friday August 10th

  Session #5. Tree, Fruits and Conservation - Rozanski Hall 101
Session Chair - Peter Pauls, University of Guelph
8:00 – 8:30 am Barb Thomas, University of Alberta
    Breeding Strategies in Long-Lived Species
8:30 – 9:00 am Susan Brown, Cornell University
    Apples:  Harnessing Diversity for Genetic Improvement
9:00 – 9:30 am Max Jones, University of Guelph
    Cryopreservation of plant tissues for long-term germplasm storage
9:30 – 10:00 am Break
  Session #6. Crop Breeding in Canada - Rozanski Hall 101
Session Chair - Alireza Navabi, University of Guelph
10:00 – 10:30 am Helen Booker, University of Saskatchewan
    Flax Breeding in Canada: Challenges and Opportunity
10:30 – 11:00 am Kirsten Bett, University of Saskatchewan
    Application of Genomics to Lentil Breeding
11:00 – 11:30 am Anita Brule-Babel, University of ManitobaBreeding
    Winter Wheat for Western Canada: Opportunities and Challenges 
11:30 am – noon Poster Competition Results
Update for 2019 Meeting - University of Georgia
noon Meeting adjourned, thank you for joining us this year!
Lunch - Rozanski Concourse


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