Cotton Technology Lead
Host: Grad students (Zhifen Zhang)
Title: Driving Genetic Gain in an Applied Breeding Program
ABSTRACT: Millennia of cultivation helped create early varieties of modern crops. Around the world, farmers tapped into crop diversity and selected for characteristics they wanted. Crops from different regions developed different strengths. Over time, traditional methods for improving crops became ineffective. The art of plant breeding soon became the science of plant breeding. Many developing sciences came together in the first half of the 20th Century to shape plant breeding. This talk will discuss Monsanto’s Plant breeding effort in Corn, Soybean and Cotton and how genetic gain impacts each and every stage of testing within Monsanto’s internal pipeline. The talk will walk you through a journey of the technological tools (genetics, genomics, sequencing, trait stacking, statistical, computational, visualization) available at breeder’s disposal to be able to enhance the genetic potential of a crop. Part of the presentation will also focus on the current and long term talent needed to enhance the pipeline of future leaders within the agriculture space.
Location: 244 Kottman Hall and 121 Fisher Auditorium from 11:30 – 12:25 PM
*Video-linked from Wooster*
Seminars will be held every Wednesday.