14th Australasian Plant Breeding & 11th SABRAO Conference In 2009 the Australasian Plant Breeding Conference (APBC) & Society for the Advancement in Breeding Research in Asia and Oceania (SABRAO) Congress combine to focus on the theme of: Contemporary Crop Improvement: A Tropical View. The program includes nationally and internationally renowned speakers who will address a wide spectrum of current crop improvement issues and challenges. With key opinion leaders and decision makers present, this conference is the ultimate forum for plant breeders, supporting professionals, and allied industry stakeholders from tropical and temperate regions to exchange ideas, hear about the latest international and national research findings, and learn about new developments.
Hard Winter Wheat -- Coordinated Project The goal of the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative (USWBSI) is to develop as quickly as possible effective control measures that minimize the threat of Fusarium head blight (scab), including the reduction of mycotoxins, to the producers, processors, and consumers of wheat and barley.
Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee The Plant Breeding CC (SCC 080) will be a forum for leadership regarding issues, problems and opportunities of long-term strategic importance to the contribution of plant breeding to national goals.
Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building This web site is the global web site for plant breeding capacity and provides a platform and partnership of public, private and civil society institutions from the South and the North working in concert to promote Plant Breeding capacity building for crop improvement and sustainable development.
World Food Program Food Force This web site is from the United Nations World Food Program. It has numerous facts on hunger and also includes a downloadable game that may appeal to the computer gamers in us all. It was written up in the New York Times as "What Lara Croft Would Look Like if She Carried Rice Bags." by Tina Rosneberg, Dec. 30, 2005.
The High Plains Observatory for Integrated Phenology: Predicting The Behavior and Life Cycles of Introduced and Native Plants, Insects, and Plant Diseases on the Landscape Phenology studies the seasonal timing of different developmental stages and the life cycles of plants and animals. Understanding the processes that impact these developmental stages and forecasting phenological stages are important to growers, food processors, crop insurance and seed companies, the commodities markets, and those who enjoy the aesthetics of plants. Similarly, climate change modeling and satellite-based forecasting systems need basic phenology networks and models to interpret their spectral data, especially the “greenness” or photosynthetic response to the environment. In Nebraska and the High Plains region, a phenology network and the resulting models are needed to: 1) simulate alternative crop adaptation and rotations, 2) better target genotypes with value added quality traits to the landscape, 3) improve irrigation water management, 4) design new decision support systems for integrated pest management and organic agroecosystems, forecast insect and plant disease outbreaks, and 5) provide the cyberinfrastructure that can lead to information fusion for complex ecosystems and societies.
Nebraska Wheat Quality Laboratory The mission of the Nebraska Wheat Quality Laboratory is to provide maximum economic return to the Nebraska Wheat Producer by developing wheat varieties with end-use quality characteristics which are desired by the domestic and international wheat processing industry. Nebraska Crop Improvement Association The Nebraska Crop Improvement Association is dedicated to enhancing the economic viability and well-being of the people of Nebraska and the world, through value-added products and processes.
Nebraska Foundation Seed Division The Nebraska Foundation Seed Division is a premium supplier of foundation seed to seedsmen in Nebraska and adjacent states. It is dedicated to enhancing the quality of seed sold to farmers and working with seed trade organizations.
Market Journal Market Journal provides you with useful information being developed by the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska.
Variety Testing Home Page/University of Nebraska/Department of Agronomy Variety Testing compares hybrids and varieties of corn, soybean, grain sorghum, wheat and spring grain at multiple sites across Nebraska. Agricultural Research Service/United States Department of Agriculture As the in-house research arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Agricultural Research Service has a mission to: Provide access to agricultural information and develop new knowledge and technology needed to solve technical agricultural problems of broad scope and high national priority to ensure adequate availability of high-quality, safe food and other agricultural products to meet the nutritional needs of the American consumer, to sustain a viable and competitive food and agricultural economy, to enhance quality of life and economic opportunity for rural citizens and society as a whole, and to maintain a quality environment and natural resource base.
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) CIMMYT's research and training strategies are firmly grounded in the three overriding goals of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) - the alleviation of poverty, protection of natural resources, and sustainable food security. These goals are addressed through research aimed at the development of more efficient, more robust maize and wheat germplasm, through natural resource and economics research designed to enhance the sustainability of maize- and wheat-based production systems, and through a range of related research and training activities.
to bring together KSU electronic information about wheat into one place
to provide convenient access to comprehensive information about wheat in Kansas and the USA
to serve producers, processors, educators, researchers, and consumers of wheat
to provide links to other useful wheat sites on the Web
Plant Breeding Update Plant breeding updates is a great web site dedicated to the science of plant breeding. It has an excellent glossary for those unfamiliar with plant breeding terms.
Monsanto Company After a 97-year history of success, Monsanto has a new business focus: life sciences -- a start-up industry that addresses the food and health needs of a rapidly expanding world, while recognizing the importance of environmental sustainability.
GrainGenes Webserver GrainGenes is a compilation of molecular and phenotypic information on wheat, barley, oats, rye, and sugarcane. The project is supported by the USDA/NAL Plant Genome Research Program and by the community of scientists who are providing the information and reasons to be interested in it.
Plant and Soil Sceinces eLibrary Here are a few of our distance education modules. Several lessons are part of on-line distance education courses which can be taken for academic or professional credit through the NU Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. These courses include Crop Genetic Engineering and Herbicide Action in Plants. For further information on taking these and other of our distance education courses, contact Dr. Deana Namuth (email@example.com), distance education coordinator for the NU Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. The lessons in this library are available free on this site; however, there is a fee for those taking the quizzes for academic or professional credit (Continuing Education Units). Quizzes are available by password after registering for use.
The World Bank Group The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development–known as the World Bank–makes loans to developing countries that have a minimum level of creditworthiness. The World Bank raises most of its money on the world's financial markets. The interest rate charged on its loans is now just over 6.5 percent, and the maturity period is 15 to 20 years. Over its 50+-year history, the World Bank has lent some $396 billion to developing countries and economic institutions.