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PLANT BREEDING NEWSEDITION 236June 2012
An Electronic Newsletter of Applied Plant BreedingClair H. Hershey, Editorchh23@cornell.edu Sponsored by GIPB, FAO/AGP 
and Cornell University’s 
To subscribe
, see instructions here  -
Archived issues
1. NEWS, ANNOUNCEMENTS AND RESEARCH NOTES
Reviews of broad issues in research and development
 Leading researchers call for $100 billion investment in Agricultureresearch
World Food Prize honors land-grant universities with Borlaug Medallionduring 150th anniversary of Morrill Act
 1.03
 Next-generation education in crop genetics
Reviews of breeding programs
 Improvement of varieties for small farmers in China calls for a newapproach to breeding as well as social and legal changes
 1.05
 Rwanda releases iron-rich beans to improve public health for millions
 1.06
Investments aim to crack wheat’s ‘tough nuts’
 1.07
 Fifteen new plant breeders complete the UC Davis Plant BreedingAcademy
 1.08
 Vita launches Potato Centre of Excellence in Africa
 1.09
 International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and West AfricaCenter for Crop Improvement (WACCI) in a strategic alliance to increase plantbreeders in Africa
 Breeding strategies for adaptation of pearl millet and sorghum toclimate variability and change in West Africa
 IITA Project saves Africa from striga infestation
 Improved potato varieties ensure food security in Peruvian communities
Policy and IP issues
 Plant research funding crucial for the future
 
 
 
 Communicating the global threat of herbicide resistance
Herbicide-resistant weeds: current challenges, new tools
GM issues
 Trouble on the horizon for GM crops?
Genetic resources
 Rising CO2 levels affects gene flow in wild and domesticated rice
 1.18
 New research finds unique crop diversity, struggle to save it - Somefarmers in Mexico found to hold the key to conserving special bean
 Support under plant genetics treaty fund announced during Rio+20
 Large-scale development of cost-effective SNP marker assays fordiversity assessment and genetic mapping in chickpea and comparativemapping in legumes
Trait selection and applied breeding
 
 Cornell engineers working on new peppers
 1.22
 Integrated genomics, physiology and breeding approaches for improvingdrought tolerance in crops
 1.23
 Adoption of advanced techniques could propel crop improvement
FAO paper calls for re-orientation of crop improvement in the 21stcentury
 1.25
 Discovery may lead to new tomato varieties with vintage flavor andquality
 1.26
 Chinese researchers identify rice gene that could enhance quality andproductivity
 1.27
 Introgression of Brassica Rapa Subsp Sylvestris blackleg resistance into BNapus
 Cold-tolerant faba beans a new option for Northwestern wheat growersfor fixing N
Molecular and basic genetics research
 WSU develops center to manage gene data
 1.30
 Scientists complete most comprehensive genetic analysis yet of corn
 Latest genomic studies shed new light on maize diversity and evolution
 Taming genetic recombination
 1.33
 Discovery of a nitrogen "satiety" gene in plants
 Next-generation sequencing technology opens doors to discoveries
 1.35
 New insight gained into how plants may fight diseases
 Genome of model legume Medicago truncatula sequenced
 A new source of maize hybrid vigor
 Link between vitamin C and twins can increase seed production in crops
 
 
 DNA Discovery key to drought resistant crops
Study shows parasitic flower share more genes from its host
Defense mechanism of Lectin in plat uncovered
Scientists trace footprint of photoperiod pathway genes in Oryza
2. PUBLICATIONS
 New FiBL-Dossier: Techniques in Plant Breeding
 
 First Textbook on Breeding for Organic Agriculture Available
Participatory Plant Breeding Toolkit Now Available
 Genética Agrícola (in Spanish)
 Plant Breeding for Abiotic Stress Tolerance
 Beyond Vavilov: new resource for collecting diversity
3. WEB AND NETWORKING RESOURCES
 New website to support wheat research
A blog site for “Plant Breeders without Borders”
 
4. GRANTS AND AWARDS
(There are no grants and awards announcements in this issue)
5. POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS
Monsanto plant breeding positions
 
6.MEETINGS, COURSES AND WORKSHOPS7.EDITOR'S NOTES1 NEWS, ANNOUNCEMENTS AND RESEARCH NOTES
1.01
Leading researchers call for $100 billion investment in Agriculture research
St. Louis, Missouri, USAJune 11, 2012Science holds the key to meeting global demands for food and fuel. The scientificcommunity must make a 10-year, $100 billion investment in food and energy securityby funding plant research, says Dr. Tom Brutnell of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institutefor Renewable Fuels at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO andDr. Wolf Frommer of the Carnegie Institute for Science in Stanford, CA in an opinionpiece,Food for Thought, that appeared in the June issue of The Scientist.

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