Plenary speaker

Scott Jackson

Genetic Pipeline Design Lead Bayer Crop Science

Scott Jackson is the Genetic Pipeline Design Lead at Bayer Crop Science. Also, he is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia.  At the University of Georgia, he led the Center for Applied Genetic Technologies. Scott’s research has focused on decoding plant genomes to better understand their evolutionary histories and how to better engineer crop plants for the future. He led several genome sequencing efforts (e.g. soybean, peanut, common bean) and has been involved in translating genome sequences into advances in understanding the structure and function of plant genomes with a focus on genome duplications common in plant histories.

Currently, he leads a team of scientists at Bayer Corp. responsible for innovating and designing optimal crop improvement strategies.

Anne E. Dorrance

Professor, Associate Dean and Director, Department of Plant Pathology College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Ohio State University, USA

The long term efforts in the soybean pathology lab are aimed at understanding the components of partial resistance at both the phenotypic and physiological level with the potential of linking this response to genetic markers as well as the genetic and cultural drivers that are affecting change in the pathogen populations. Her work is focused on development of disease resistance in soybeans to Phytophthora sojae, Pythium spp. and Fusarium graminearum, population assessment of P. sojae, mapping of both single Rps genes and quantitative trait loci associated with resistance to P. sojae, evaluation of fungicide seed treatments, detection and identification of Phakopsora pachyrhizi, fungicide efficacy and timing studies and development of integrated disease management strategies for management of all soybean diseases

Junyi Gai

Professor & Honorary Director National Center for Soybean Improvement Nanjing Agricultural University, China

Junyi Gai, former director of China National Center for Soybean Improvement and professor of genetics and plant breeding at Nanjing Agricultural University, has been devoting his efforts in studies on soybean germplasm resources, genetics and breeding for 60 years. He collected and studied ~20 thousand accessions of soybean germplasms, especially from southern China. His studies explored the genetic diversities of the Chinese germplasm through genetic and genomic analysis, mined multiple traits’ QTLs/genes and generated excellent materials. Junyi Gai extended the maturity group system to China and proposed a Chinese soybean eco-region system. As a breeder, he managed the National Soybean Breeding Plan comprising 24 institutions for 15 years and released 25 cultivars from his own program. As a geneticist, he established the generalized major gene plus minor gene mixed inheritance hypothesis and analytical procedures for quantitative traits.

Larry C. Purcell

Distinguished Professor and Altheimer Chair for Soybean Research Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences University of Arkansas, USA

Larry C. Purcell is a Crop Physiologist, and his research focuses on genetic differences in the efficiency with which crops use essential resources, particularly water and nitrogen, and how these resources can be managed effectively for crop production. Dr. Purcell is recognized as an authority in soybean on the response of nitrogen fixation to drought and for collaborative research developing agronomic drought tolerance. Dr. Purcell has published 126 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 20 book chapters, and over 150 abstracts. He also has been awarded three patents. Dr. Purcell served on the Crop Science Editorial Board for 6 years as an associate editor and for 3 years as a technical editor. He served 3 years on the Crop Science Society of America Board of Directors representing the Crop Physiology and Metabolism Division, and he is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Plant Production.