The BGRI will be well represented at the upcoming meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), held in Washington DC, 11-15 February.
BGRI members Jessica Rutkoski, Maricelis Acevedo and Dave Hodson will be presenting in a symposium titled "Pathogens Without Borders," on Sunday, February 14. And Ravi Singh, Distinguished Scientist and Head of Bread Wheat Improvement at CIMMY), will be recognized as a Fellow of the AAAS for his contributions to the field of agricultural research and development, particularly in wheat genetics, pathology and breeding.
Rutkoski’s presentation will examine how to harness DNA marker data, data on disease resistance, grain yield and aerially collected phenotypes from cooperators at various sites to develop prediction models that can identify the highest yielding and most resistant wheat lines in a range of environments. When applied in breeding, these prediction models can accelerate the rate of genetic improvement.
The presentation will examine new methods of data collection, quantitative rust resistance, conventional breeding and genomic selection. Rutkoski will also show results from genomic selection validation studies.
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