FARGO, N.D. — Scientists of all disciplines are invited to be a part of expanding research collaboration and opportunities through the second annual 2022 NDSU Soybean Symposium held March 17 and 18 at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Memorial Union in Fargo.
The symposium is hosted by North Dakota’s soybean breeder Carrie Miranda. The purpose of the symposium is to bridge scientists and students in soybean related research. Registration is free and includes meals and snacks each day.
“The main goal of the symposium is to bring soybean-focused scientists, students and private organizations from all disciplines together at one event,” says Miranda.
According to Miranda, the symposium will showcase NDSU soybean research at a national level.
Students attending the symposium will have the opportunity to participate in a competition for a cash prize for best research presentation. Abstract submissions for the competition will be accepted on the registration form and are due on March 1.
“It’s an opportunity for students to present their soybean research and contribute to the future of the soybean industry, and for soybean researchers of many disciplines to facilitate new collaborations,” says Miranda.
Artwork created by Hunter Seminole, a recent NDSU Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate, is featured in a high quality poster that each symposium attendee will receive as a gift.
The symposium features keynote speaker Jianxin Ma on March 17. Ma, professor of agronomy at Purdue University, has received international recognition for his innovative research on plant comparative genomics and soybean genetics. His research at Purdue includes comparative and evolutionary genomics, genetic dissection of complex traits, and genetic diversity and germplasm enhancement. He has authored more than 100 publications in high-impact journals and has served on the editorial board of several scientific journals. He is also the primary inventor on three patents and patent applications.
Miranda is an assistant professor and project leader for the soybean breeding program at NDSU. Her project objectives are to produce high-yield varieties while discovering new genetic mechanisms for useful traits to ensure North Dakota farmers have access to superior soybean varieties.
Sponsors of the 2022 Soybean Symposium include NDSU and the North Dakota Soybean Council.
Registrations are due on March 6 and can be accessed at: https://form.jotform.com/213334926742154
More information on the symposium can be found at https://www.ndsu.edu/agriculture/academics/academic-units/ndsu-soybean-symposium.