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Plant Breeding Symposium: Specialty Crops Breeding

February 10 | 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

blueberries in the field

The Plant Breeding Symposium is a free biennial event organized entirely by NC State University graduate students to celebrate the fascinating world of plant genetic improvement. We are excited to announce the theme of the 2022 meeting: “specialty crop breeding.” Specialty crop breeding is an area of plant breeding that doesn’t always get the most attention  – covering landscape plants, horticultural commodities, and niche plant products. Attendees of the symposium can expect to hear a wide variety of perspectives, ranging from organic, urban cropping systems to blueberry breeding and highly adapted, beautiful showy flowers for your front yard. The event is virtual only via ZOOM. Save the date for a great day of keynote speakers and engagement with your plant breeding colleagues!

The 6th Biennial Plant Breeding Symposium be held via ZOOM on Thursday, February 10th, 2022, from 8:15 AM to 5:30 PM.

Graduate students are encouraged to register for the poster competition.


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Thursday, February 10, 2022

Start End Event
8:15 8:25 Welcome
8:25 9:25 Dr. Stan Cox
9:25 10:25 Dr. Julie Dawson
10:25 10:50 Meet with Dawson/Cox
10:50 11:00 Break
11:00 11:35 Poster session
11:35 12:10 Lunch
12:10 13:10 Dr. Pat Brown
13:10 14:10 Dr. Jessica Gilbert
14:10 14:35 Meet with Brown/Gilbert
14:35 14:45 Break
14:45 15:20 Poster session
15:20 16:20 Dr. Tom Ranney
16:20 16:30 Meet with Ranney
16:30 17:15 Major Goodman career celebration (Dave Bubeck)
17:15 17:25 Closing remarks

Friday, February 11, 2022

Start End Event
8:30 10:00 Industry panel
10:00 10:10 Break
10:10 11:10 Speaker talks: 2 half-hour sessions
11:10 12:10 Speaker talks: 2 half-hour sessions