Aug 22
8:00-8:10 am Welcome/ Instructions

Functional and Translational Genomics

8:10-8:15am Welcome

8:15-8:35am Wild soybeans meet systems biology---Understanding complex trait variations for crop improvement

Bao-Hua Song, University of North Carolina – Charlotte

8:35-8:55 am Roots to Seeds:  Gene Discovery and Precision Breeding by Genome Editing

Yuefeng Guan, Fujian A&F University

8:55-9:15 am Combining Fast Neutron and CRISPR/Cas9 mutagenesis to facilitate gene discovery in soybean

Bing Stacey, University of Missouri

9:15-9:30 am Developing activation tagging resources for soybean gene discovery

C. Nathan Hancock , University of South Carolina- Aiken

9:35-9:55 am A giant NLR gene confers broad-spectrum resistance to Phytophthora sojae in soybean

Weidong Wang , Purdue University

9:55-10:15 am Investigating the functions of a soybean rust effector protease that suppresses host immunity

Steven Whitham, Iowa State University

10:15-10:25 am Break

Abiotic Sress

10:25-10:30 am Welcome

10:30-10:50 am Possible epigenetic controls of salt responses in soybean (Note: Session is 11:25 pm - 1:10 am in Hong Kong)

Hon Ming Lam, Chinese University of Hong Kong

10:50-11:10 am Studying IDC in Soybean: Turning the Model Right Side Up

Michelle Graham, USDA-ARS, Iowa

11:10-11:30 am Impacts of Tropospheric Ozone on Soybean Roots

Ripley Tisdale, USDA-ARS, Raleigh

11:30-11:50 am Manipulating Growth Temperatures Under Field Conditions to Understand and Alter Crop Responses to Global Warming

Carl Bernacchi, University of Illinois

11:50-12:10 pm Defining the genetic architecture of soybean drought tolerance and enabling pre-breeding for enhanced germplasm

Jason Gillman, USDA-ARS, Missouri

12:10-1:00 pm Break for Lunch

Symbiotic Interactions

1:00-1:05 pm Welcome

1:05-1:25 pm Linking signal perception at the plasma membrane to intracellular events during soybean nodule formation-roles of heterotrimeric G-proteins

Sona Pandey, Danforth Center

1:25-1:45 pm The roles of rhizobial exopolysaccharides in legume symbiosis: Contrasts in indeterminate- and determinate-nodule-forming hosts

Kathryn (Kay) Jones, Florida State University

1:45-2:05 pm Bacteriophages add a new dimension to Bradyrhizobium diversity and ecology

Jeffrey Fuhrmann, University of Delaware

2:05-2:25 pm Use of high resolution functional genomic tools to investigate the soybean-Bradyrhizobium nitrogen fixing symbiosis

Gary Stacey, University of Missouri

2:25-2:45 pm Evaluation of a novel drought-tolerant N-fixing inoculant on soybean yield and its effect on the rhizosphere microbiome

Woo-Suk Chang, University of Texas, Arlington

2:45-2:50 pm Poster Zoom

3:00-5:00 pm Posters

Aug 23
8:00-8:10 am Welcome/ Instructions

Pests and Diseases

8:15-8:35 am Helping plants deal with soybean aphids: A critical but underestimated role of stems

Vamsi Nalam, Colorado State University

8:35-8:55 am Synergistic transcriptomic effects of pyramiding Rag1 and Rag2 aphid resistance genes

Martha Natukunda, Augustana University

8:55-9:15 am Impacts of Plant Elicitor Peptides and Bacillus subtilis on nematode infection on soybean

Fiona Goggin, University of Arkansas

9:15-9:35 am A Bacillus thuringiensis Cry protein controls soybean cyst nematode in transgenic soybean plants

Julia Daum, BASF

9:35-9:55 am A Phakopsora pachyrhizi effector suppresses PTI and interacts with a soybean Endo-1,3- β -glucosidase to promote virulence.

Francismar Corrêa Marcelino-Guimaraes , Embrapa Soja (Brazil)

9:55-10:05 am Break


10:05-10:10 am Welcome

10:10-10:30 am Graph-based pan genome analyses in soybean

Zhixi Tian, Chinese Academy of Sciences

10:30-10:50 am Improving soybean seed composition using induced mutations

Khalid Meksem, Southern Illinois University

10:50-11:10 am Altering carbon partitioning over development to improve soybean composition

Thiya Mukherjee, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

11:10-11:30 am Dry Beans for Flour Ingredient Applications

Karen Cichy, USDA-ARS, MI

11:30-11:50 am Structural genome variation and protein:oil ratio

Matthew Hudson, University of Illinois

11:50-1:00 pm Break for Lunch


1:00-1:05 pm Welcome

1:05-1:25 pm Experiences with using novel genetic diversity in soybean breeding

Brian Diers, University of Illinois

1:25-1:45pm Breeding by design

Kristin Bilyeu, USDA-ARS

1:45-2:05 pm Soybean longitudinal biomass accumulation and applications to selection for yield and resilience

Katy Martin Rainey, Purdue University

2:05-2:25 pm Genomics-enabled soybean improvement

Mark Miller, University of Georgia

2:25-2:35 pm Break

Biotech and Gene Editing

2:35-2:40 pm Welcome

2:40-3:00 pm A soybean single-cell resolution transcriptome atlas to reveal gene function in a cell-type-specific manner

Marc Libault, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

3:00-3:40 pm Using Malic Enzyme to Short Circuit Carbon Partitioning in Soybeans 

Stewart Morley, Danforth Center

3:20-3:40 pm Decoding protein rebalancing in soybean with genome editing

Ritesh Kumar, University of Minnesota

3:40-4:00 pm Determining Regulatory Elements for Canopy-Specific Gene Expression in Soy

Laurie B Leonelli, University of Illinois

4:00-4:20 pm Incorporating crop quality into crop growth models.

Justin McGrath  , USDA-ARS, Illinois

4:20-4:45 pm Closing Remarks

Poster Winners