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Monday, 16 January | 12:50 PM - 3:00 PM | Town & Country B
Join Zander Myburg from the University of Pretoria Forest and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), Dr Shaun Clare, Research Geneticist for the USDA-ARS National Germplasm Laboratory and Dr Johnathon LaMantia Manager of Tree R&D for Terviva talking about the genomic technologies that enable innovation and creativity to address modern agricultural hurdles. Scientists looking into the future to create crop breeding solutions for agriculture impacted by a changing climate, water scarcity, less arable land to meet production needs, supply chain disruptions, production instabilities and a limited labour force, all of which affect farmer's ability to meet the need for an increased food supply to feed a growing population.
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Professor in Genetics,
University of Pretoria
Zander Myburg is a Professor in Genetics and Director of the Forest Molecular Genetics (FMG) Programme in the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria (UP). His research team has pioneered the use of population genomics and systems genetics approaches to unravel the genetic control of growth and wood formation in Eucalyptus trees. He was the lead investigator of the US Department of Energy (DOE) Eucalyptus Genome Project which generated the reference sequence for the genus (Myburg et al. 2014, Nature) and a new, ongoing DOE-funded project for large-scale sequencing of over 3700 eucalypt genomes (2022-2026).
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Manager, Tree R&D,
Manager, Tree R&D, Terviva
Jonathan La Mantia received a BS in environmental plant biology from the University of Rhode Island and a PhD in ecological and molecular plant physiology from the Pennsylvania State University. Jonathan is the manager of germplasm analytics at Terviva and is developing genomics tools to build a molecular breeding program for pongamia. Jonathan has extensive research experience developing genomic resources and elucidating the genetic mechanisms that help regulate yield, seed composition and pest resistance in soybeans, trees and grasses. He is recognized as the scientist who discovered the dwarfing mechanism in annual bluegrass. More recently, he identified new regions in the soybean genome that regulate seed protein and oil, soybean aphid resistant and seed coat hardness.
In addition to the workshop, attendees can interact with experts during our poster presentations featuring minor groove binder (MGB) probes and an assay platform used for high-throughput genotyping for complex plant species. Our second poster focuses on a new targeted genotyping by sequencing technology (tGBS) for high-throughput agricultural parentage, marker-assisted selection, and genomic selection programs.