2014 Joint Conference
NAAIC, Trifolium, & Grass Breeders
July 8-10, 2014 · Lethbridge, Alberta Canada


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Tuesday, July 8
6:00 p.m.  Poster Session - click to view poster abstracts
Wednesday, July 9
Session I: Regional Presentations (Moderator: Surya Acharya)
  8:00   Agricultural Production in Canada and Overview || Presentation
Gilles Saindon, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Agricultural & Agri-Food Canada
  8:30   Canadian Regional Research Activities || Presentation
Surya Acharya, Agricultural & Agri-Food Canada
  9:00   Canadian Seed Production || Presentation
Vernon Turchyn, CPS Canada
  9:30   NAFA Update || Presentation
Beth Nelson, National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance
10:00 a.m. Break and Posters
Session II: Research Reports (Moderator: Mike Velde)
  10:40   USDA-ARS Research Update || Presentation
Deb Samac, USDA-ARS
  11:00   The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Research Update || Presentation
Maria Monteros, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
  11:20   United States Research Update || Presentation
Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  11:40   New Zealand Research Update || Presentation
Brent Barrett, AgResearch Ltd
12:00 p.m. Awards Luncheon
Session III: Stress Tolerance and Pathology (Moderator: Denis Gaudet)
  1:30   Testing Alfalfa Varieties for Salinity Tolerance (Alfalfa) || Presentation
Dan Putman, University of California-Davis
  1:50   DNA Marker Assisted Breeding for Alfalfa Forage Productivity in Drought Stressed and Mesic Environments (Alfalfa) || Presentation
Ian Ray, New Mexico State University
  2:10   Genome-Wide Association Studies of Verticillium Wilt Resistance in Alfalfa using Genotyping by Sequencing (Alfalfa) || Presentation
Long-Xi Yu, USDA-ARS
  2:30   SRAP Polymorphisms Associated with Phytophthora Root Rot (PRR) Tolerance in Alfalfa (Alfalfa) || Presentation
Patrice Audy, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  2:50   Identification and Characterization of Freezing Tolerant Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) Germplasm (Alfalfa) || Presentation
Mohammed Rokebul Anower, South Dakota State University
  3:10   Poster Session
  4:15   Business Meeting
6:00 p.m. Buffet Dinner (Sponsored by Alberta Alfalfa Seed Committee)
Thursday, July 10
Session IV: Quality and Management (Moderator: Brian Schmidt)
  8:00   Do Higher Alfalfa Seeding Rates Increase Forage Yield And Quality In The Seeding Year? (Alfalfa) || Presentation
Marisol Berti, North Dakota State University
  8:20   The Role of Red Clover Genotype in Improving Nitrogen Fixation and Transfer Efficiency in Legume-Grass Forage Based Production Systems. (Clover) || Presentation
Yousef Papadopoulos, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  8:40   Why Has Kura Clover Failed to Persist in Northern Europe? (Clover) || Presentation
Jadwiga Andrzejewska, University of Technology and Life Sciences
  9:00   Modeling Feral Alfalfa (Medicago sativa subsp. sativa L.) Occurrence Using Topographical and Environmental Variables (Alfalfa) || Presentation
Sandya Kesoju, Washington State University
  9:20   Heterosis of Agronomic Traits in Novel Orchardgrass Germplasm (Grass) || Presentation
Joseph Robins, USDA-ARS
  9:40   The miR156 Gene Regulatory Network Controls Forage Yield and Other Traits in Alfalfa (Alfalfa) || Presentation
Abdelali Hannoufa, Agriculture & Agri-Foods Canada
10:00 a.m. Break and Poster Session
Session V: Conventional and Molecular Breeding and Genetics (Moderator: Bruce Coulman)
  10:40  An Empirical Evaluation of Genomic Selection in Perennial Ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) (Grass) || Presentation
Brent Barrett, AgResearch Ltd
  11:00  FL2,4-D, a Red Clover Selected for Herbicide Resistance to Improve Broadleaf Weed Control and to Elucidate the Molecular Mechanism of Resistance (Clover) || Presentation
Kenneth Quesenberry, University of Florida
  11:20  Genotyping-by-Sequencing to Identify SNP Markers That Vary in Frequency in Response to Recurrent Selection for Freezing Tolerance in Alfalfa (Alfalfa) || Presentation
Yves Castonguay, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  11:40  Modeling Forage Legume Polycross Pollen-Parent Gamete Contributions to Progeny Based on Empirical Measurements with Implications for Effective Polycross (Alfalfa) || Presentation
Heathcliffe Riday, USDA-ARS, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Plot Tour/Conference Picnic (event free with registration; registration required)