Source: UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA submitted to
PLANT BREEDING
Sponsoring Institution
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Project Status
TERMINATED
Funding Source
Reporting Frequency
Annual
Accession No.
0213461
Grant No.
(N/A)
Project No.
GEO00627
Proposal No.
(N/A)
Multistate No.
SCC-080
Program Code
(N/A)
Project Start Date
Mar 1, 2008
Project End Date
Sep 30, 2015
Grant Year
(N/A)
Project Director
Conner, P. J.
Recipient Organization
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
200 D.W. BROOKS DR
ATHENS,GA 30602-5016
Performing Department
HORTICULTURE
Non Technical Summary
The Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee 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. The committee will create the only regular opportunity to provide such leadership across all crops. The nature of plant breeding as an integrative discipline par excellence will be reflected in multidisciplinary committee membership. The multi-state committee structure will provide a way to focus and sustain leadership for strategic issues in plant breeding. Such a committee will also provide visibility for plant breeding in databases of state and federal research, where presently it is largely invisible (hundreds of projects involve plant breeding but most are, rightly, titled according to the objectives rather than the methods used). Most importantly, a coordinating committee structure allows the contribution of many individuals from all sectors, and provides for continuity.
Animal Health Component
(N/A)
Research Effort Categories
Basic
25%
Applied
(N/A)
Developmental
75%
Classification

Knowledge Area (KA)Subject of Investigation (SOI)Field of Science (FOS)Percent
2012410106025%
9032410106075%
Goals / Objectives
Objectives 1. Enhance communication between plant breeders in different sectors and crops 2. Assemble information about the U.S. plant breeding effort 3. Describe plant breeding in terms of national goals 4. Identify research and/or education priorities 5. Other activities related to leadership and strategic planning for plant breeding, as identified by the members Expected Outcomes and Impacts: * A stable forum for identifying and analyzing issues of strategic importance to plant breeding. * A broader understanding by all groups, including the public, of the role of plant breeding for meeting national goals * Resources for leadership, for example: (1) Materials for communicating to diverse audiences about the role of plant breeding for meeting national goals (2) Strategies for responding to challenges and opportunities for plant breeding
Project Methods
Procedures and Activities Current status. A draft proposal for the Plant Breeding CC has been approved by the SAAESD and given a temporary project number. The committee invites participation from all states. It is sponsored by the SAAESD because the range of crops in plant breeding programs in the southern region is the most inclusive. There is no national designation. Focus group meetings to develop the Plant Breeding CC have been held at project and professional meetings, including ASHS July 05, BIC Oct 05, CSSA Nov 05, ASTA/NCCPB Dec 05, and PAG Jan 06 (see acronyms list). Weekly conference calls and email discussions have been used to explore national interest, develop ownership, and create a slate of ideas for the first set of deliverables. Next steps. A planning committee will begin organizing a national workshop to be held (tentative date) Winter 2006/07. Requests for a national workshop emerged during the formation process in 2005, after the first draft proposal was submitted. The intensity of interest in this committee was a surprise and reveals a widespread sense of need for such a forum. The plant breeding community is ready to get to work, and is asking for opportunities to develop more specific direction without further delay. The national workshop will finalize a work plan for the first 2 to 5 years, with deliverables and milestones; establish subcommittees for each deliverable; and elect a first slate of officers. Subcommittees will then work toward their planned milestones and deliverables. As currently foreseen, in interim years, CC annual meetings will take place at relevant professional society meetings such as ASHS and CSSA. The CC will report annually and evolve its plans as it learns from experience. Deliverable: The following list is compiled from suggestions by plant breeders and multidisciplinary colleagues during the formation process of 2005 and early 2006. One or a few will be chosen for further development in the first two- to five-year work plan. Develop a vision for the future of the national plant breeding effort. Where should plant breeding be positioned as a discipline and a national enterprise, 10 -20 years from now? How will the U.S. obtain plant-breeding services in the future? How will plant breeding be funded and structured? What will be the public and private roles? Who will educate plant breeders? What do they need to know? accountability, and impact--for use by evaluators, communicators, administrators and other decision makers Develop tools/ materials for communicating about plant breeding to persons unfamiliar with this discipline. Assess any gaps in national plant breeding effort, such as needs or emergencies for which there are no candidate materials; and identify research and/or coordination priorities. Analyze plant breeding benefits for national goals (USDA REE, 2003-08), and specific state goals such as jobs. They include Excellence in science and technology education An agricultural system highly competitive in the global economy A safe and secure food and fiber system A healthy, well-nourished population Harmony between agriculture and environment

Progress 03/01/08 to 09/30/15

Outputs
OUTPUTS: MEETING HELD IN INDIANAPOLIS PARTICIPANTS: Not relevant to this project. TARGET AUDIENCES: Not relevant to this project. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Not relevant to this project.

Impacts
UNKNOWN PI REMOVED FROM PROJECT

Publications

  • No publications reported this period


Progress 01/01/12 to 12/31/12

Outputs
OUTPUTS: Meeting held in Indianapolis. PARTICIPANTS: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period. TARGET AUDIENCES: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period.

Impacts
Unknown

Publications

  • No publications reported this period


Progress 01/01/11 to 12/31/11

Outputs
OUTPUTS: 1) Developed a one-page document on long-term maintenance of plant breeding infrastructure. (See publications section for this document) 2) Expanded web site for Plantbreeding.com and Plantbreeding.org to post PBCC and NAPB-related activities 3) Continued development of white papers and one-page documents on Excellence in Science and Technology, A Globally Collaborative Agricultural System Competitiveness, Sustainability and Quality of Life in Rural America, Safe and Secure Food and Fiber System, Healthy, Well-nourished Population, Harmony Between Agriculture and the Environment, Education and Training of Plant Breeders. A document was published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment on the impact of plant breeding on rural life. (See publications section for this document) 4) Solicited nominations and voted on awards as early career plant breeder (Dr. Brooks Blanche, Louisiana State University) and a lifetime achievement in plant breeding (Dr. Jules Janick, Purdue University) 5) Continued to define a framework for structure and organization of the National Association of Plant Breeders 6) Held our annual meeting in College Station Texas May 23-25, 2011 PARTICIPANTS: NAPB Rita Mumm, President David Stelly, Vice President Liz Lee, Secretary Shelley Jansky, Treasurer Seth Murray and Jim Hancock, Web Editors Tom Stalker, Archivist Todd Wehner, Past President PBCC Mike Havey, Chair Allen Van Deynze, Vice-Chair Marcelo Carena, Secretary Phil Simon, Past-Chair TARGET AUDIENCES: National and INternational plant breeders. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Not relevant to this project.

Impacts
1) Developed a one-page document on long-term maintenance of plant breeding infrastructure. (See publications section for this document) 2) Expanded web site for Plantbreeding.com and Plantbreeding.org to post PBCC and NAPB-related activities 3) Continued development of white papers and one-page documents on Excellence in Science and Technology, A Globally Collaborative Agricultural System Competitiveness, Sustainability and Quality of Life in Rural America, Safe and Secure Food and Fiber System, Healthy, Well-nourished Population, Harmony Between Agriculture and the Environment, Education and Training of Plant Breeders. A document was published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment on the impact of plant breeding on rural life. (See publications section for this document) 4) Solicited nominations and voted on awards as early career plant breeder (Dr. Brooks Blanche, Louisiana State University) and a lifetime achievement in plant breeding (Dr. Jules Janick, Purdue University) 5) Continued to define a framework for structure and organization of the National Association of Plant Breeders 6) Held our annual meeting in College Station Texas May 23-25, 2011

Publications

  • No publications reported this period


Progress 01/01/10 to 12/31/10

Outputs
OUTPUTS: See Impacts. PARTICIPANTS: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period. TARGET AUDIENCES: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period.

Impacts
1) Surveyed plant breeders in the U.S. to determine their needs that could be addressed in a federally-supported granting program. A survey was sent to approximatley 750 plant breeders in August, 2009, to identify the research areas most important for continued progress in U.S. plant breeding. 143 responses were received and 133 of these included results that could be tabulated. The top 3 categories of plant breeders' needs were: (1) Germplasm characterization, colllection, and exchange; (2) Marker development and mapping, including sequencing and establishment of centralized marker generation facilities; (3) Plant phenotyping database development, including establishing standardized methods. Other important needs were: (1) Cataloging of plant germplasm and genomics resources; (2) Development of quantiative methods and tools; (3) Prebreeding of exotic germplasm. 2) Developed an ASK statement to request support of an initiative for plant breeding training. 3) Developed website for Plantbreeding.com and Plantbreeding.org to post PBCC and NAPB-related activities. 4) Developed, to various stages of completion, white papers and one-page documents on Excellence in Science and Technology, A Globally Collaborative Agricultural System Competitiveness, Sustainability and Quality of Life in Rural America, Safe and Secure Food and Fiber System, Healthy, Well-nourished Population, Harmony Between Agriculture and the Environment, Education and Training of Plant Breeders. 5) Developed and presented awards to an early career plant breeder, and a lifetime achievement plant breeding award. 6) Todd Wehner represented NAPB and PBCC at a USDA NIFA Stakeholders Meeting in Washington, DC. 7) Established a framework for structure and organization of the National Association of Plant Breeders, and voted to establish NAPB at the annual PBCC meeting. 8) Held our annual meeting in Johnston, Iowa, August 15-17, 2010

Publications

  • Conner, P.J. 2010. A century of muscadine grape (Vitis rotundifolia Michx.) breeding at the University of Georgia. J. Amer. Pom. Soc. 64:78-82.


Progress 01/01/09 to 12/31/09

Outputs
OUTPUTS: The 2009 Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (SCC-080) meeting was held August 3-4 in Madison, WI. The main topics were the continuing development of documents and activities to profile plant breeding achievements with the aims of expanding opportunities for graduate student training in plant breeding, educating the public, improving support for public plant breeding, and building partnerships with related groups. Reorganization of the PBCC web site was discussed and will be updated in the next year. White papers and one-page summaries have been prepared, or are being completed, for key impact areas for plant breeding. Subcommitees were reorganized PARTICIPANTS: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period. TARGET AUDIENCES: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period.

Impacts
We finalized a number of reports that illustrate the impact of plant breeding on stakeholders lives and developed our strategy for the next year. The reports can be found on our webpage: http://cuke.hort.ncsu.edu/gpb/pr/pbccmain.html

Publications

  • No publications reported this period


Progress 01/01/08 to 12/31/08

Outputs
OUTPUTS: Not Significant PARTICIPANTS: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period. TARGET AUDIENCES: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period.

Impacts
Not Significant

Publications

  • No publications reported this period