International Plant Breeding Symposium 2006 (IPBS 2006)

Venue: Mexico City, Sheraton Centro Historico

Location: Mexico City, DF, Mexico

Event Date/Time: Aug 20, 2006 End Date/Time: Aug 26, 2006
Early Registration Date: Mar 31, 2006
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Greek symposia were a key Hellenic social institution. They were a forum to debate, plot, boast, or simply to party. They were frequently held to celebrate the introduction of young men into aristocratic society. In line with this tradition, the International Plant Breeding Symposium (IPBS) intends to bring together scientists from diverse horizons -- public and private sector, developing and developed countries, students and professors -- to share knowledge and technology to advance science and understanding. The symposium provides a forum to debate and define breeding methodologies that could address the challenges that agriculture is facing today.
The IPBS will be a global science forum on current, field-based breeding topics that will cover the major row crops and world regions with a particular emphasis on cultivar development methodologies. The symposium will deliver an in-depth review of current and emerging plant breeding methodologies. Symposium participants will be invited to present their research and the proceedings will be published by Crop Science.

The co-hosts of the symposium are committed to the international nature of this forum. To ensure the presence of scientists from developing countries, travel grants will be awarded. The attendance of participants from the north and the south will provide networking opportunities among world-class scientists and offer international exposure for students and partners.

IPBS will honor Dr. Dudley — outstanding plant breeder, teacher, scientist and friend — with a special symposium dinner. Dr. Dudley’s, career of 49 years spans three diverse but economically important crop species: maize, alfalfa, and sugar beet.

CIMMYT, Iowa State University, Monsanto and Pioneer have committed themselves to organizing this symposium based on the success of the Arnel Hallauer International Symposium on Plant Breeding that was held in Mexico City in 2003. The Hallauer Symposium brought together participants from 50 countries. Its success can be best summarized with the words of Dr. Donald Duvick, retired Senior Vice President of Research at Pioneer: "This was one of the most informative and inspiring plant breeding conferences that I have attended over the past 50 years. The breadth and depth of presentations and especially the international flavor clearly demonstrated the opportunities, the utility, and especially the power of good plant breeding worldwide."

I. General Session
- Keynote address: Arnel R. Hallauer (Iowa State University): "History, Contribution, And Future Of Quantitative Genetics In Plant Breeding"
- Speaker TBA: "Marker-Assisted Selection In Major Crops: Current Status And Future Prospects"
- Bill Beavis (National Center for Genomic Resources, USA): "Bioinformatics Needs In Plant Breeding"
- Speaker TBA: "Future Challenges For Plant Breeders"

II. Plant Breeding Education
- Fred Bliss (Seminis Seeds): "Science And Non-Science Educational Needs Of Plant Breeders For The Seed Industry"
- Elcio Guimaraes (FAO, Rome): "FAO Assessment Of Breeding Strengths And Needs In The Developing World"

III. Plant Pre-Breeding and Allelic Discovery
- Alain Charcosset (INRA, France): "Bridging Genomics And Genetic Diversity: Association Between Gene Polymorphism And Trait Variation In Cereals"
- Sandra Milach (Pioneer Hi-Bred): "New Genes For Maize Anthracnose Resistance"

IV. Breeding for Nutritional, Quality, and Micronutrient Traits
- John Dudley (Univ. of Illinois): "QTL In Illinois Long-Term Selection Strains"
Walt Fehr (Iowa State University): "Breeding For Modified Fatty Acid Composition In Soybean"
- Wolfgang Pfeiffer (CGIAR Harvest Plus, Cali, Colombia): "Micronutrient Genetic Enhancement For Major Food Staples That Feed The Developing World"

V. Molecular Breeding
- James Anderson (Univ. of Minnesota): "Towards Cloning A Major QTL For Fusarium Head Blight Resistance In Wheat"
- Wilfred Vermerris (Purdue Univ.): "Breeding (Not Just Screening) Corn For Ethanol"

VI. Cultivar Development Methodologies
- Matthew Reynolds (CIMMYT, Mexico): "Enhancing Plant Breeding Methods For Stress-Prone Environments With The Aid Of Crop Physiology"
- Speaker TBA: "Double Haploids In Maize Inbred Development"
- Gebisa Ejeta (Purdue Univ.): "20 Years Of Breeding For Striga Resistance In Sorghum"
- Tom Osborn (Seminis): "Exploiting Exotic Germplasm In Vegetable Breeding"

VII. Contributions from Prof. Dudley's former students - 4 plenary papers
- Rex Bernardo (Univ. of Minnesota) and Martin Bohn (Univ. of Illinois): "Methods Used For Developing Maize Inbreds And Hybrids"
- Sam Eathington (Monsanto): "Practical Uses Of Molecular Markers In A Commercial Breeding Program"
- Rita Mumm (GeneMax Services): "Forward Selection Versus Marker-Assisted Backcrossing"
- John Miles (CIAT): "Apomixis For Cultivar Development In Grasses"