UAEX to Host Webinar on New Developments in Rice Plant Breeding

The University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a webinar on November 16th at 3:00pm central to offer an updated on new gene editing techniques, such as CRISPR/Cas9, and their potential impact for the future of rice plant breeding.  The program will feature Dr. Jeremy Edwards, a Research Plant Molecular Geneticist with the USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS) Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Station in Stuttgart.

More below on the webinar event:

Gene Editing Technology & New Opportunities for Rice and Plant Breeding

Webinar: November 16, 2017, 3:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST)

Webinar Title: Gene Editing Technology & New Opportunities for Plant Breeding

Webinar Date and Time: November 16, 2017, 3:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST)

Description: This webinar will provide an overview of new gene editing techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9 and their potential impact on the future of rice and plant breeding.  Gene editing offers greater precision and speed compared to conventional breeding and previous biotechnological approaches, and opens new opportunities for scientific discovery.   Current and prospective applications, and technical and consumer acceptance challenges will be discussed.

Webinar Registration Link: http://bit.ly/UAEX-CRISPR

Bio: Jeremy D. Edwards is a Research Plant Molecular Geneticist with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service at the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Stuttgart, AR.  His research involves the use of genomics, bioinformatics, and big data to facilitate gene discovery and to develop technology for accelerated rice breeding.  He has a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Cornell University and a B.S. in Horticultural Science from the University of Florida.

Host and Interviewer: Bobby Coats, Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. E-mail: recoats@uark.edu

Producer: Mary Poling, Coordinator for Interactive Communications, University of Arkansas System Division of Ag, Cooperative Extension Service, E-mail: mpoling@uaex.edu

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