Hussain to speak at Kansas State Plant Breeding and Genetics 2017 Symposium

Hussain to speak at Kansas State Plant Breeding and Genetics 2017 Symposium Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Waseem Hussain
Waseem Hussain

Waseem Hussain, University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy doctoral student, is an invited speaker at the Kansas State Plant Breeding and Genetics 2017 Symposium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 5. He has also been awarded the K-State PBG 2017 Symposium Travel Grant. Hussain works with Stephen Baenzinger, agronomy professor and Wheat Growers Presidential Chair.

Genotyping-by-sequencing derived high-density linkage map and its application to QTL mapping of flag leaf traits in bread wheat” is the title of Hussain’s presentation.

Hussain is specializing in plant breeding and genetics. He received his bachelor's in agriculture and a master's in plant breeding and genetics from Sher-e- Kashmir Agricultural University, India.

Currently, he is an Indian Council of Agricultural Research International Fellow, working on wheat breeding with an aim to genetically dissect the complex traits and identify key genomic regions for genetic improvement and adaptation in a diverse range of environments.

The objectives of Hussain’s research are to develop high-density linkage maps in wheat using genotyping-by-sequencing, validate the accuracy and quality of newly constructed linkage maps, and perform genome-wide linkage mapping for various agronomic traits measured in multiple rain-fed environments to identify QTLs, epistatic interactions and QTL x environment interactions.

The theme of the 2017 symposium is "Breeding, Genetics & Genomics - Essential Intersection for Crop Improvement." Organizers hope the symposium addresses where genetics, genomics, and breeding intersect or could intersect, to facilitate crop improvement.

This biennial symposium is organized and hosted by the Kansas State University Plant Breeding and Genetics club students to bring students, scientists, and industry leaders together to exchange knowledge and broaden networks.

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