Soybean Symposium Attracts Large Audience

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Columbia, Mo ---Over 100 researchers and industry professionals gathered on the Columbia campus of the University of Missouri for the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology's eighth annual symposium on soybean biotechnology. The event, held on April 11, provided a forum for discussion of innovative research and practical applications for coming down the pipeline in the soybean biotechnology.

Participants were treated to an overview of current research by several high profile speakers, including Professor Scott Jackson, director of the Center for Applied Genetic Technologies at the University of Georgia, and Professor Thomas Carter Jr. of North Carolina State University. Both speakers addressed current efforts to access and harness, either through advanced genetic technologies or applied breeding, agronomically important traits, like disease resistance and drought tolerance, from soybean's wild relatives for existing cultivars.

Participants also heard from several up-and-coming soybean researchers. Two postdoctoral fellows, Trupti Joshi with the University of Missouri's Digital Biology Laboratory and Geliang Wang with University of Missouri-St. Louis, gave talks that focused on the latest bioinformatic and biochemical research being done in soybean.

Attendees also engaged over forty graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in discussions of their research projects at a poster session on soybean research. The event wrapped up with a closing reception in the McQuinn Atrium of the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center.

The Soybean Biotechnology Symposium is an annual event designed to bring scientists working on soybean biotechnology together with industry professionals to share advances and needs of the field. Promoting interdisciplinary interactions among the soybean community in order to target key areas for future research is a stated priority of the symposium.

Sponsors and supporters for the annual symposium include the University of Missouri; Missouri Soybeans; USDA-Agricultural Research Service; United Soybean Board (USB); Donald Danforth Plant Science Center; Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center; and Adam Puchta Winery from Hermann, MO.

About NCSB

The National Center for Soybean Biotechnology (NCSB) includes more than forty researchers working together with expertise in many diverse fields that include: agronomy, microbiology and plant pathology, chemistry, biochemistry, animal science, food science, molecular biology, engineering, computer science, and agricultural economics.

Interdisciplinary research in the Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri employs cutting-edge technology in both basic and applied research to address societal concerns in food, health, and the environment.

Research within the NCSB focuses on major problems that affect soybean production and use. The NCSB provides educational experience to graduate and undergraduate students thru hands-on experimental opportunities in the researchers' laboratories. The NCSB strongly promotes public outreach thru displays at public and breeder forums and by giving demonstrations and lectures to producers, public agencies, and consumers whenever possible.

For more information about the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology visit www.soybiotechcenter.org