Waseem Hussain, Samantha McConaughy and Nonoy Bandillo, graduate students in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, have been awarded graduate student fellowships to attend the 5th International Conference on Quantitative Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, June 12-17. Sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, these fellowships are for graduate students working in plant based research programs. Recipients are selected by a conference committee.
All three students have also been selected to present research posters.
Bandillo’s poster is titled "Elucidating the Genetic Architecture of Local Adaptation Through Genome-Wide Association and Selection Mapping." McConaughy’s poster is titled "Evaluation of High Oil/High Protein x Low Carbohydrate Soybean Populations for Seed Composition QTL Identification." Bandillo and McConaughy are advised by Professor George Graef.
Hussain’s poster is titled "SNP discovery in wheat RIL population using genotyping by sequencing and genome-wide QTL mapping for plant height." Hussain is an Indian Council of Agricultural Research International Fellow. His advisor is Professor Stephen Baenziger.
The primary aim of ICQG2016 is to bring together researchers working in the public and private sectors around the world who seek to learn about the latest developments in the areas of modeling and utilization of quantitative tools, technological advancements and resources for genetic dissection of complex traits and increasing efficiency of breeding operations via application of such tools and technologies for improvement of agricultural plants, animals and other organisms.