2016 Joint Conference
NAAIC, Trifolium, & Grass Breeders
July 12-14, 2016 · Madison, Wisconsin


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Tuesday, July 12
  6:00   "Wisconsin Tailgate" Dinner & Poster Session - click to view posters and abstracts
Wednesday, July 13
Session I: Regional Presentations (Moderator: Deborah Samac)
  8:00   Welcome
Dean Kathryn VandenBosch, University of Wisconsin
  8:10   USDA-ARS Dairy Forage Research Center Update || Presentation
Mark Boggess, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center
  8:30   Forage Legumes in Wisconsin: Some History and Current Status || Presentation
Kenneth Albrecht, University of Wisconsin
  8:50   Use and Breeding of Forage Grasses in North Central USA || Presentation
Michael Casler, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center
  9:10   NAFA Update
Beth Nelson, National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance
  9:30   Alfalfa Seed & Alfalfa Forage Systems Research Program (AFRP) || Presentation
Jeffrey Steiner, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  9:45   Break and Posters
Session II: Research Reports (Moderator: Deborah Samac)
  10:15   A Multi-omic Atlas of the Model Legume Medicago truncatula || Presentation
Jean-Michel Ane, University of Wisconsin
  10:35   Assessing the Impact of Changing Diets on the Gut Microbial Community of Developing Dairy Calves || Presentation
Garret Suen, University of Wisconsin
  10:55   Microbial Impacts on Manure Management Strategies || Presentation
Rebecca Larson, University of Wisconsin
  11:15   AFRP Lightning Presentations (Moderator: Jeffrey Steiner)
           Forage Quality Improvement in Reduced-Lignin Alfalfa Monoculture and Alfalfa-Grass
      Binary Mixtures
|| Presentation
      Debbie Cherney, Cornell University
           Using a New In Vitro Method and Fiber Model (TTNDFD) to Improve Estimates of
      Digestibility of Alfalfa for Dairy Cattle
|| Presentation
      David Combs, University of Wisconsin
           Re-Establishing IPM Recommendations for Aphids in Alfalfa Hay in the Low Desert || Presentation
      Ayman Mostafa, University of Arizona
           The Effect of Hay Rake Type on Ash Content of Alfalfa Hay || Presentation
      Abby Neu, University of Minnesota
           Yield Improvement and Fall Dormancy Characterization in Alfalfa || Presentation
      Scott Newell, University of California
           Subsurface Drip Irrigation, Deficit Irrigation Strategies, and Improved Varieties to
      Improve Alfalfa Water Use Efficiency Under Drought Conditions
|| Presentation
      Daniel Putnam, University of California
           Root Traits to Enhance Nutrient and Water Use in Alfalfa || Presentation
      Deborah Samac, USDA-ARS
           Potato Leafhopper Threshold Revised for Alfalfa Host Resistance and
      Alfalfa Grass Mixtures
|| Presentation
      Mark Sulc, The Ohio State University
           Developing Molecular Markers for Enhancing Resistance to Drought and
      High Salinity in Alfalfa
|| Presentation
      Long-Xi Yu, USDA-ARS
  12:00   Awards Luncheon
Session III: Molecular Breeding and Genetics (Moderator: Raghuveer Sripathi)
  1:30   Predicted Efficiency of Indirect Selection to Increase Tall Fescue Forage Mass in a Grass-Alfalfa Mixture (Grass) || Presentation
Blair Waldron, USDA-ARS
  1:50   Heterotic Effects and Genetic Distance for the Prediction of Agronomic Performance in Crossing Divergent Alfalfa Populations (Alfalfa) || Presentation
Dragan Milic, Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops
  2:10   Phenotypic Traits Expressed in White Clover Cold Tolerant Genotypes Selected from Populations Naturalized in the Patagonia Region of South America (Clover) || Presentation
Luis Inostroza, Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias
  2:30   Rate of Forage Yield Breeding Gains in a Red Clover Breeding Program (Clover) || Presentation
Heathcliffe Riday,U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center
  2:50   Evaluating the Theory of General Adaptation in Red Clover (Clover) || Summary
Yousef Papadopoulos, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  3:10   Genome-Wide Dynamic Spatial Gene Expression and Alternative Polyadenylation in Red Clover (Clover)
Randy Dinkins, USDA-ARS
  3:30   Genome Sequence of Medicago sativa: Cultivated Alfalfa at the Diploid Level (CADL) (Alfalfa || Presentation
Maria Monteros, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
  3:35   Poster Session
  4:35   Business Meeting
Thursday, July 14
Session IV: Management and Physiology (Moderator: William Osterholz)
  8:00   Integrated Remote Sensing Tools for Timely Predictions of Alfalfa Nutritive Value (Alfalfa) || Presentation
Reagan Noland, University of Minnesota
  8:20   Seeding Year Yield and Forage Nutritive Value of Reduced Lignin and Conventional Alfalfa Varieties (Alfalfa) || Presentation
Amanda Grev, University of Minnesota
  8:40   Alfalfa Varieties Differ Markedly in Seedling Survival When Interseeded into Corn and Treated with Prohexadione-Calcium (Alfalfa) || Presentation
John Grabber, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center
  9:00   Effect of Genotype-by-Environmant Interaction on Cool-Season Grass Water-Soluble Carbohydrate Concentrations (Grass) || Presentation
Joseph Robins, USDA-ARS
  9:20   Lightning Presentations
           Temperate Forage Legume Germplasm of the USDA National Plant Germplasm System || Presentation
      Brian Irish, USDA-ARS
           Bacterial and Fungal Microbiome Analysis of Alfalfa Rhizosphere Soils || Presentation
      Christian Klatt, USDA-ARS
           Resilience, Stability, and Productivity of Alfalfa Cultivars in Wisconsin || Presentation
      Valentin Picasso, University of Wisconsin
           Linking Pollinator Behavior to Selfing Rate for Three Distinct Pollinators of Alfalfa || Presentation
      Emmanuel Santa-Martinez, University of Wisconsin
  9:40   Break and Posters
Session V: Stress Tolerance and Pollinators (Moderator: Emmanuel Santa-Martinez)
  10:00  Contrasting the Foraging Behavior of Three Bee Species in Alfalfa to Predict Their Impact on Selfing Rate and Gene Flow Risk (Alfalfa) || Presentation
Johanne Brunet, USDA-ARS
  10:20  Alfalfa Research in Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (Alfalfa) || Presentation
Lev Nemchinov, USDA-ARS
  10:40  Adaptive Responses of Medicago truncatula and Medicago sativa to Low Phosphorus Availability (Alfalfa)
A. Brice Cazenave, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
  11:00  Breeding Resistance to New Races of Anthracnose (Alfalfa) || Presentation
Charles Rodgers, Forage Genetics International
  12:30   Box Lunch, Bus Tour & Picnic