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Breeding and Nutrition Sessions

The breeding and nutrition sessions will begin on September 28 at 10 a.m. (EST) with a presentation by Gerald Combs, Senior Scientist, Jean Mayer United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Human Nutrition Center on Aging at Tufts University and Professor of Nutrition Emeritus from Cornell University. Combs give “some thought about impulses”. As a scientist, Combs is concerned with the research interests of micronutrients, nutrition and cancer prevention, and how agriculture, food production and human health are interrelated.

Mathieu Ngouajio, National Scientific Association for Crop Production Systems with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will speak on October 26th at 11am. Ngouajio represents NIFA primarily in relation to programs for plant production and plant protection as well as organic farming. From 2013 to 2019 he worked as a national program manager at the Institute for Food Production and Sustainability. He was also Professor of Horticulture at Michigan State University with an appointment as Research and Cooperative Expansion Service.

Rajeev Varshney, Director of the Accelerated Plant Improvement Research Program at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India, will speak on November 16 at 10 a.m. Varshney is recognized internationally as a leader in genome sequencing and genomics – assisted breeding, translational genomics and capacity building in international agriculture. He developed genome sequences for 10 crops including pigeon pea, chickpea, peanut and pearl millet, as well as several molecular breeding products in chickpea and peanut. Genomics resources developed by his colleagues and collaborators are used in several breeding programs with the aim of modernizing crop improvement.


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