1.The purpose of the meeting was to introduce various groups working on the alfalfa genome in some manner, discuss problems limiting our ability to conduct genome research in alfalfa (or more broadly, Medicago), identify potential areas for cooperation, and form the starting point for an umbrella organizationthe Alfalfa Genome Projectthat would give visibility to our crop and research.
2.Research topics: Research is ongoing in alfalfa on forage yield heterosis and its underlying gene action, abiotic stresses (including aluminum tolerance, winterhardiness, and water use efficiency), disease and other biotic stresses, and various measures of population genetic similarity/diversity and identification. Industry participants noted that the first two, particularly yield and winterhardiness, were of most interest to them. Additionally, a number of the attendees work with transformation systems, symbioses, and pathogenesis problems on the related annual species, Medicago truncatula. Sustaining the interaction of the two groupsi.e. alfalfa and M. truncatulais a desirable goal for the genome communities of both species.
3.Shared resources: A number of shared resources are available for various needs. C. Brummer and T. Osborn currently have tetraploid mapping populations; I. Ray is developing some. RFLP markers are available from T. Osborn, J. Bouton, and G. Kiss. Various libraries have been developed and are available: J. Volenec has some developed from different germplasms for his cold hardiness work. G. Bauchan has an old cDNA library. The Noble Foundation has 2 genomic libraries, and D. Samac has root and leaf libraries. A number of BAC libraries are available in M. truncatula. A number of attendees also have field testing programsC. Brummer, I. Ray, J. Bouton, J. Volenec, and others.
4.Needs of the alfalfa genomics community: The general consensus is that alfalfa needs more and better markers, preferably SSR type markers. A plan to shift USDA resources into SSR development was proposed, with letters being send from the NAAIC and industry in that regard. The importance of alfalfa needs to be more strongly stressed to Congress and other parties. Among the traits that can be addressed are perenniality and persistence, polysomic polyploidy and associated questions of allele dosage, heterosis and its basis particularly related to polyploidy, and finally the value of the crop to the nation's crop and livestock industries.
5.Visibility of the alfalfa genome community: A section will be added to the NAAIC homepage related to the alfalfa genome project. All members are urged to contact their congressional representatives to increase support for alfalfa.
6.Meetings of this group will be planned for future meetings to help coordinate alfalfa genome
|Alfalfa Genome Attendees List--August 1998|
|Mike Abler||University of Wisconsin-LaCrossefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Gary Bauchan||USDA-ARS, Beltsville, MDemail@example.com|
|Edwin Bingham||University of Wisconsin||608-262-9579|
|Joe Bouton||University of Georgiafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jessica Brummer||ABI Alfalfaemail@example.com|
|Charlie Brummer||Iowa State Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Robert Campbell||Dairyland Seed Researchemail@example.com|
|Carla Scotti||ISCF, Lodi, Italyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bruce Coulman||AAFC-Sask. Research Centreemail@example.com|
|Dan Gardner||Dairyland Researchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Robin Groose||University of Wyomingemail@example.com|
|Christian Huyghe||INRA-Lusignan, Francefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|David Johnson||Cal/West Seedsemail@example.com|
|Bernadette Julier||INRA, Lusignan, Francefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Melina Lopez-Meyer||Noble Foundationemail@example.com|
|Mark McCaslin||Forage Geneticsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dave Miller||Pioneer Hi-Bred Internationalemail@example.com|
|Tom Osborn||University of Wisconsinfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nancy Paiva||Noble Foundationemail@example.com|
|Mike Peterson||W-L Researchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jean-Marie Prosperi||INRA, Montpellier, Franceemail@example.com|
|Ian Ray||New Mexico State University||505-646-3819||IARAY@nmsu.edu|
|Danielle Roselhini||University of Perugia, Italyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Deborah Samac||USDA-ARS, University of MNemail@example.com|
|Dan Skinner||USDA-ARS, Kansas Statefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Steve Smith||University of Arizonaemail@example.com|
|Paul St. Amand||Kansas State Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kazuhiro Uchiyama||Hokkaido National Agric. Exp. Stn.||email@example.com|
|George Vandemark||USDA-ARS, Prosser, WA||509-786-3454|
|Mike Velde||Dairyland Researchfirstname.lastname@example.org|