Scientists of all disciplines are invited to be a part of expanding research collaboration and opportunities through the annual NDSU Soybean Symposium.
The goals of the symposium are to bring together scientists, students and private organizations from all disciplines and facilitate collaborations among researchers.
The event is an opportunity for students to present their soybean research and for scientists to contribute to the future of the soybean industry.
Carrie Miranda, PhD, is the Assistant Professor in Soybean Breeding and project leader for the soybean breeding program for the state of North Dakota. Her goals for the annual NDSU Soybean Symposium are to bridge scientists and students in soybean related research.
Dr. Miranda’s soybean breeding program key objectives are to produce high-yield varieties while discovering new genetic mechanisms for useful traits to ensure North Dakota farmers have access to superior soybean varieties.
Dr. Jianxin Ma, professor of agronomy at Purdue University, has received international recognition for his innovative research on plant comparative genomics and soybean genetics. His research at Purdue includes comparative and evolutionary genomics, genetic dissection of complex traits, and genetic diversity and germplasm enhancement. He has authored over a hundred publications in high-impact journals, including Science, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Genetics and Nature Plants and has served on the editorial board of several other scientific journals. In addition, Dr. Ma is the primary inventor on three patents and patent applications.
Keynote Presentation:Soybean Translational Genomics: from Basic Findings to Applications (recording not available)
Dr. Kristin Bilyeu is a research molecular biologist at the USDA/ARS Plant Genetics Research Unit and adjunct professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri. Her research focus has been to increase the value of soybean by utilizing variant alleles of genes to improve seed composition, and ultimately plant performance. Her expertise is in the translation of basic research to applied challenges utilizing biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and genomics to increase the efficiency of plant breeding and development of improved soybean varieties. Dr. Bilyeu has an active field and laboratory research program that utilizes natural and induced genetic variation to determine the optimum allele combinations to improve soybean traits that provide value to crop production and nutritional enhancements to our food supply in the U.S. and developing countries.
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