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DuPont Pioneer sponsors successful plant breeding symposia

June 10, 2014


To help build agricultural scientific literacy and promote interest in pursuing careers in plant breeding, DuPont Pioneer has sponsored a graduate symposia series for several years around the world.  The events continue to grow in size and scope. In the first half of 2014, the symposia series boasts nearly 1,200 in-person participants and more than 350 online participants.

The events have taken place at Iowa State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of California-Davis, Cornell, North Carolina State University and Iowa State University. Similar attendance is expected for the events planned for the second half of the year in Europe, Africa, India, China and the United States.   Pioneer speakers have included Tabare Abadie, senior research manager; Dennis Byron, vice-president, research crop development; Bill Dolezal, DuPont fellow; Neil Hausmann, senior research manager; Sara Hellend, research scientist; Sandra Milach, research director, breeding technologies; and Hillary Sullivan, research director.

Sessions topics to-date include Past Challenges, Current and Future Opportunities for Seed Industry Plant Pathologists, Moore's Law: Does phenotyping get a turn?, High Throughput Phenotyping Advances, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Breeding, Breeding Innovations & Policy: Considering Diverse Stakeholders, and 21st Century Diversity in Plant Breeding.