Joint Meeting of the

41st North American Alfalfa Improvement Conference
20th Trifolium Conference

Embassy Suites Dallas
Near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, South

June 1-4, 2008 

Sunday June 1, 2008

2:00-5:00 PM            Registration, Ballroom Salon D and E

4:30-7:00 PM            NAAIC Executive Committee Meeting, Dallas Boardroom

5:00-9:00 PM            Reception, Ballroom Salon D and E

Monday Morning: June 2, 2008

6:30-8:00 AM              Breakfast   Embassy Suites - Atrium

Trifolium Conference Session, Ballroom Salon D and E

Moderator: Yousef Papadopolous

8:00-8:45 AM            Research investment in "other" forage legumes

P.R. Beuselinck, A.A. Boe, E.C. Brummer, N.C. Ehlke, J.A. Mosjidis, Y.A. Papadopolous, H. Riday, G.R. Smith, and M.J. Williams

9:05-9:25 AM            Improvement of reseeding in crimson clover

                                    G. R. Smith, G. W. Evers and I. J. Pemberton

9:25-9:45 AM            Genetic variation within and among collections of falcata alfalfas

                                    Ivan W. Mott, Michael D. Peel and Arvid Boe

9:45-10:05 AM          Multiple hydroxycinnamoyl transferases from red clover differ in sequence, expression pattern, and enzymatic activity

                                    Michael Sullivan

10:05-10:25 AM        BREAK

10:25-10:45AM         Perennial legume response to drought.

                                    Craig Sheaffer and Philippe Seguin

10:45-11:05 AM        Reproductive ecology of native legumes in the Northern Great Plains.

                                    Arvid Boe and Paul J. Johnson

11:05-11:25 AM        A cornucopia of diversity: U.S. germplasm accessions worthy of future research

                                    Stephanie L. Greene

11:30 AM-1:00 PM   LUNCH (included in registration)

Monday Afternoon: June 2, 2008

Symposium: Legumes and the Nitrogen Advantage, Ballroom Salon D and E

Moderator: Craig Sheaffer

1:00-1:40 PM            Are clovers ready for the nitrogen fertilizer crisis?

                                    Gerald W. Evers

1:40-2:20 PM            Earth, air, fire and water: Extending the queen’s realm

                                    Michael P. Russelle

2:20-2:40 PM            Discussion and Q&A

2:45-5:00 PM            Poster Session & BREAK, Ballroom Salon C

5:00-5:45 PM            Conference Planning Meeting, Ballroom Salon D and E (Joint)

6:00 PM                     Dinner (on your own)

7:00 PM                     Alfalfa Crop Germplasm Committee Meeting (Salon D)

7:00 PM                     Industry Liaison Committee Meeting (Salon E)

8:00 PM                     Standardization Committee Meeting (Salon D)

8:00 PM                     Regulatory Issues Committee (Salon E)


1.          Increasing alfalfa seed size by recurrent selection and by transfer from Medicago arborea

             Edwin T. Bingham

2.         Genetic relationships of alfalfa cultivars based on simple sequence repeat (SSR) molecular markers

             Gary R. Bauchan, ZhangLian Xia, and Peter VanBerkum

3.         Reducing Potato Leafhopper (PLH) impacts on alfalfa through PLH-resistant cultivars intercropped with perennial forage grass

Dr. J. Hansen, Dr. D. Viands, J. K. Waldron, Dr. M. Hall, Dr. J. Losey, Dr. D. Johnson, J. Hanchar

4.         Revealing genetic relationships and the scope of diversity among unimproved diploid alfalfa germplasm using SSR markers

             Muhammet Sakiroglu, Jeff Doyle, and E. Charles Brummer

5.         Falcata alfalfa for intermountain Western U.S. grazing lands

             Michael D. Peel, Ivan W. Mott

6.         On farm evaluation of an alfalfa cultivar with lower bloat potential

             D. Basigalup, A. Odorizzi, V. Arolfo, M. Correa Luna and J. Dupuy

7.         Effect of glyphosate on foliar diseases in roundup ready alfalfa

             Dawn Foster-Hartnett and Deborah A. Samac

8.         Alfalfa Bioenergy:Energy products and breeding strategies

JoAnn F. S. Lamb, Hans-Joachim G. Jung, and Craig C. Sheaffer

9.         Nematodes & drought impact on clover production in Florida

             Ken Quesenberry, Yoana Newman, David Wofford, and Ananta Acharya

10.       QTL for water stress resistance and water use efficiency in alfalfa

Julier B., Bernard K., Abdelguerfi-Laouar M., Semiani Y., Sfarni O., S. Udupa, F. Gasmi, Huguet T. 

11.       Genetic Mapping of Factors Influencing Alfalfa Biomass Accumulation Under Drought-Stress .

Lei E, Chris Meenach, Yuanhong Han, Chris Pierce, Joe Bouton, Maria J. Monteros, Mary Sledge, and Ian Ray.

12.       QTL for flowering date in three mapping populations of Medicago truncatula

             J.B. Pierre, T. Huguet, P. Barre, Huyghe C. Julier B.

13.       Effect of photoperiod of flowering date and aerial morphogenesis of eight Medicago truncatula lines

             Julier B., J.B. Pierre, Huyghe C.

14.       Weak but significant diversity among alfalfa populations but only limited comparability for resulting structure between morphological and SSR markers

             Doris Herrmann, Sandrine Flajoulot, Joëlle Ronfort, Bernadette Julier

15.       Genome-wide Identification of microsatellites in white clover (Trifolium repens L.) using FIASCO and SSRMiner

             Yan Zhang, Ji He, Patrick Zhao, Joe H. Bouton, Maria J. Monteros

16.       QTL mapping of aluminum tolerance in tetraploid alfalfa

Dong-Man Khu, Joseph H. Bouton, Rafael Reyno, E. Charlie Brummer, Maria J. Monteros

17.       Restricting gametophytic self-incompatibility alleles in red clover (Trifolium pratense) to increase hybridity

             Heathcliffe Riday

18       Lignin and fiber digestibility in caffeic acid 3-O-methyltransferase and caffeoyl CoA 3-O-methyltransferase downregulated alfalfa

Heathcliffe Riday, Dave Whalen, Joe Bouton, Dave Mertens, Hans Jung, Fang Chen, Mark McCaslin, and Richard Dixon

19       Sativa by falcata alfalfa hybrid variety trials

Heathcliffe Riday, Steve Wagner, Don Viands, JoAnn Lamb, Dwain Meyer, Mark Smith, E. Charles Brummer, and Arvid Boe

20.       Evaluation of forage quality traits in alfalfa

             Yuanhong Han, Joseph H. Bouton, Ian M. Ray and Maria J. Monteros

21.       Screening alfalfa (Medicago sativa) cultivars for salt tolerance

John Derek Scasta, Calvin Trostle, Hong Zhang, Dick Auld, Cary Green

22.       Comparative gene expression profiles between heterotic and non-heterotic hybrids of tetraploid Medicago sativa

             Xuehui Li, Yanling Wei, Dan Nettleton, and E. Charles Brummer

23.       Ascophyllum nodosum (L.) Le Jolis extract improves root nodulation in alfalfa

Wajahatullah Khan, Ravishankar Palanisamy, Simon D. Hankins, Alan T. Critchley, Donald L. Smith, Yousef A. Papadopoulos, Balakrishan Prithiviraj.

24.       Expression of eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides) eukaryotic translation initiation factor-5A3 in alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa L.)

Jay M. Sandman, Jaime J. Jakes, David W. Johnson, Jonathan M. Reich, Tzann-Wei Wang, Zhongda Liu, and John E. Thompson

Tuesday Morning June 3rd, 2008

Noble Foundation Tour

6:30-8:00 AM              Breakfast   Embassy suites - Atrium

8:00-8:15 AM              Board bus, (front entrance of Hotel)

8:15-10:15 AM            Travel to the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

10:30 AM -12:15 PM Tour of Facilities and Field Research

12:30-1:45 PM            Awards Luncheon   FID Atrium

2:00-2:30 PM              NAAIC Business meeting

Tuesday Afternoon June 3, 2008

Noble Foundation Medicago and Alfalfa Research Session, Kruse Auditorium

Moderator:  Joe Bouton

2:30-2:55 PM              Medicago genomics and functional genomics

                                      Mike Udvardi

2:55-3:20 PM              Translational genomics for engineered forage quality traits in alfalfa

Rick Dixon

3:20-3:45 PM              Break

3:45-4:10 PM              Alfalfa and clover breeding and genomics.

                                      Maria Monteros

4:10-4:35 PM              Alfalfa cotton root rot research

Carolyn Young

4:35-5:00 PM              Transposon tagged Medicago truncatula lines

Million Tadege, Jiangqi Wen, Ji He, Haidi Tu, Younsig Kwak, Alexis Eschstruth, Anne, Cayrel,  Patrick X. Zhao, Pascal Ratet, and Kirankumar S. Mysore

5:00-5:15 PM              Discussion

5:30-7:00 PM              Social and BBQ Dinner (catered) atrium

7:00pm                        Travel back to Dallas

8:00pm                        Arrive at Embassy Suites

Wednesday Morning: June 4, 2008

6:30-8:00 AM             Breakfast   Atrium @ Embassy suites

NAAIC Session, Ballroom Salon D and E

Moderator: David Johnson

8:00-8:45 AM            Health and future prospects of the alfalfa and forage seed Industries

                                    Jon Reich, Dave Miller

8:45-9:05 AM            Breeding lucerne for Australian environment through private public partnership

                                    Dr. Shoba Venkatanagappa

9:05-9:25 AM            In vivo digestibility of lignin downregulated alfalfa.

                                    David Mertens, Heathcliffe Riday, Pete Reisen, and Mark McCaslin

9:25-9:45 AM            A new concept in fall harvesting of alfalfa in the north.

                                    Dwain W. Meyer and Robert D. Nudell

9:45-10:05 AM          Analysis of dehydrin sequences from alfalfa populations recurrently selected for freezing tolerance.

Y. Castonguay, W. Rémus-Borel, J. Cloutier, S. Laberge, A. Bertrand, and R. Michaud

10:05-10:25 AM        BREAK

10:25-10:45 AM        Affect of crop residue on colonization and survival of Phoma sclerotioides, the causal agent of brown root rot of alfalfa.

Deborah A. Samac, Carly Matsumoto, Jennifer E. Larsen, Lorilie   Atkinson, Charla R. Hollingsworth, and Christopher D. Motteberg

10:45-11:05 AM        Selecting soils for alfalfa on the coastal plain of the southern USA.

                                    Vincent Haby and Allen Leonard

11:05-11:25 AM        Alfalfa benefits from Medicago truncatula: The RCT1 gene from M. truncatula confers broad-spectrum resistance to anthracnose in alfalfa.

                                    Shengming Yang , Muqiang Gao , Chenwu Xu , Jianchang Gao , Shweta Deshpande, Shaoping Lin , Bruce Roe, and Hongyan Zhu

11:45 AM                   LUNCH (included in registration)