Join us for the 9th Annual Cornell University Plant Breeding Symposium: Bringing Back Biodiversity! 

When: Friday, April 17th, 2020; 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Emerson 135, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY or via Zoom webinar

The theme for the 2020 symposium is “Bringing Back Biodiversity.” Modern plant breeding activities largely emphasize improvement of monocultures that are derived from relatively narrow gene pools, but this approach is changing partially because of advances in affordable sequencing technology and widespread interest in maintaining sustainable agroecosystems that leverage natural genetic diversity to express desirable traits. We are interested in hearing more about efforts to collect and maintain germplasm of wild and closely-related relatives of useful plants, and how these exotic varieties are practically incorporated into breeding programs during cultivar development. Discussion of other novel approaches that utilize diversity to improve plant traits is welcomed. 


This symposium is a member of the Plant Sciences Symposia Series, supported by Corteva Agriscience.

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Student travel scholarships:

Travel scholarships for graduate student speakers are welcome. Selected applicants should be prepared to give a 15 minute talk focused on their research with 5 minutes for questions on the day of the symposium. Research topics do not have to strictly adhere to our theme, applicants will be selected based on the overall merits of their application. Student speakers from within and outside of Cornell are welcome! More information and application.

Important dates:

  • Application Opens: mid-October 2019
  • Application  Closes: February 7, 2020
  • Applicants Notified: February 14th, 2020