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Kelley Goode (IPBGG doctoral student) Receives NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Award

Goode studies root-knot nematodes, microscopic roundworms that parasitize plants, which can cause massive yield loss and damage to almost every plant in the world. She looks at the interaction between root-knot nematodes and soybeans to understand how some plants can be resistant to these dangerous pathogens.

She studied genetics at North Carolina State University as an undergraduate where she conducted research in the Christmas tree genetics program. She hopes to continue in academia in teaching or in extension programs.

The GRFP award will grant her access to enhanced technologies that can provide better results to help soybean growers in the southern US. She has also expanded her work to assist in a survey of Georgia soybean growers to better understand their specific concerns relating to these nematodes.

The University of Georgia has nine new Graduate Research Fellows this fall.  The students received the prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, (GRFP), which recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines (STEM)who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.


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The seminar will be presented via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/95999020700?pwd=S1FvMEVHMUVhK2xHQmY1Y1VkeHNldz09 Additionally, in-person viewing rooms will be available at the following locations: Athens: CAGT Room 128 Tifton: NESPAL Room 125 Griffin: SLC Room 102
Sep 30
4:00PM - 5:00PM IPBGG GUEST SEMINAR: Sesame - Modernizing an Ancient Oilseed by Caleb Warrington
Isabel leads the Texas A&M Potato Breeding Program. The goal of the program is to develop high-yielding potato varieties, mainly for the fresh and chipping markets, adapted to Texas growing conditions. She combines conventional and molecular tools to enhance the efficiency of potato breeding efforts and to maximize genetic gains from selection. Isabel Vales received her Licentiate Degree (and Degree Thesis) in Biological Sciences (specialization in molecular biology) from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 1992, and her Doctorate in Biology (maize breeding and genetics) from the University of Vigo, Spain (1996) in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). She worked as Post-doctoral Research Associate (maize genetics) at the University of Minnesota from 1997 to 1998. From 1999 to 2005, Research Assistant Professor (cereal genetics) at Oregon State University. From 2005 to 2010, she led the Oregon Potato Variety Development Program (Associate Professor - potato breeding and Genetics) and the Oregon Potato Foundation Program. From 2010 to 2012, she was Principal Scientist (pigeonpea breeding and genetics) at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India. She worked as an Independent Scientific Advisor from 2013 to 2016 in Washington State and joined Texas A&M in 2017. Isabel participated in the release of more than 24 potato varieties, including specialty types with high levels of antioxidants, and published more than 70 referee papers. She has been active in undergraduate and graduate teaching (potato production, plant physiology, molecular breeding) and training. Seminar Location: CAGT room 128 Athens; and via zoom at Tifton and Griffin campuses. Note: Zoom meeting ID will be sent out prior to the seminar.
Oct 21
4:00PM - 5:00PM IPBGG SEMINAR: Development of Climate-change-ready Potato Varieties to Overcome Heat Stress by Dr. Isabel Vales Center For Applied Genetic Technologies, ATHENS, GA
Dr. Matthew Clark is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at the University of Minnesota. He has a three-way appoint and also serves as Director of Research for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Dr. Clark leads the grape breeding and enology program at the University of Minnesota. His research project focuses on linking important traits to the grape genome to better understand gene function and equally important to improve the plant breeding process. His lab has focused on novelty like variegated leaves, as well as insect (phylloxera) and disease (powdery mildew) resistance. He has an ongoing project studying flavor and aroma compounds using GCMS and sensory analysis. Dr. Clark is a collaborator in the VitsGen project that has investigated several marker systems in grape for use in genetic mapping as well as marker assisted selection. Dr. Clark earned his graduate degrees from Minnesota studying first turf grass for his Masters and the apple for his PhD. Seminar Location: CAGT room 128 Athens; and via zoom at Tifton and Griffin campuses. Note: Zoom meeting ID will be sent out prior to the seminar.
Nov 04
4:00PM - 5:00PM IPBGG SEMINAR: Modern Grape Breeding, using DNA Markers to Enrich the Selection Process by Matthew Clark Center For Applied Genetic Technologies, ATHENS, GA
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