Thursday, August 10

12 pm Poster set-ups can proceed
3:30 pm Workshop (Science Communications)
5:30 pm Welcome/Opening Remarks
5:45 pm Ganesh Kishore – Plenary Speaker
6:50 pm Awards (SoyGec Rep)
7 pm Soybase Workshop
7 pm Dinner on your own

Friday, August 11

7:30 am Registration Desk Opens
8 am
Biotic Interaction Session 1:

SESSION CHAIR: Melissa Mitchum, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Georgia

8:10 am Adam Steinbrenner, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington, – Soybean bites back: Interspecies transfer of a receptor gene to resist lepidopteran pests  Abstract
8:40 am Andrew Scaboo, Assistant Professor, Division of Plant Science and Technology, University of Missouri, – Beyond the norm: New strategies using native genes for combating virulent soybean cyst nematode populations  Abstract
9:10 am Jen Jaqueth, Research Scientist, Corteva Agriscience – Deploying disease resistance genes in a CRISPR edited Disease Super Locus  Abstract
9:40 am *Sutton Tennant, Graduate Student Researcher, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln – Nuclear retention of transcripts as regulatory mechanism of protein translation in soybean root and nodule cells   Abstract
*Poster selected for oral presentation.
10:10 am Coffee Break
10:30 am
Genetic/Breeding for Output Traits:

SESSION CHAIR: Felix Fritschi, Division of Plant Science and Technology, University of Missouri

10:35 am

Carrie Miranda, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, Soybean Breeding Program, North Dakota State University – Determining genetic mechanisms of maturity in North Dakota: expanding the molecular model for MG 00 and 0 Abstract

11:05 am Sivakumar Chamarthi, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Missouri – Association mapping confirms known loci and identifies new loci which control canopy temperature in Soybean  Abstract
11:35 am Benjamin Fallen, Research Agronomist, USDA-ARS Soybean and Nitrogen Fixation Research Unit, Raleigh, NC – Developing Genetically Diverse Soybean Germplasm with an Improved Seed Composition  Abstract
12:05 pm

*Hyojin Kim, Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Plant Science Innovation, University of Nebraska–Lincoln – Development of EPA- and Astaxanthin-Enriched Soybean Germplasm for Aquaculture Feedstocks  Abstract
*Poster selected for oral presentation.

12:35 pm Lunch Provided
1:35 pm

SESSION CHAIRS: Doug Allen, USDA-ARS and Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and Michaela McGinn, Smithbucklin

1:40 pm Ruthie Angelovici, Associate Professor, University of Missouri – Can multi-omic integration lead to a better understanding of proteomic reprogramming and rebalancing? Lessons learned from Arabidopsis  Abstract
2:10 pm Kristin Haug Collet, Research Scientist, Corteva Agriscience – A single amino acid mutation in a transcriptional repressor increases oil and protein content in soybean  Abstract
2:40 pm Timothy P. Durrett, Associate Professor, Kansas State University – Orchestrating seed metabolism to enhance synthesis of novel oils  Abstract
3:10 pm

*Trish Tully, Postdoctoral Associate, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center – Increasing Sulfur Content in Soybean Seed Protein  Abstract
*Poster selected for oral presentation.

3:40 pm Coffee break
3:50 pm

SESSION CHAIR: Jason Nichols, Principal Scientist, Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC

3:55 pm Aamir Khan – Postdoctoral Researcher, Division of Plant Science and Technology, University of Missouri – Advancing Soybean Genomics for Enhanced Haplotype-Based Trait Mapping  Abstract
4:25 pm Gary Stacey – Curator's Distinguished Professor, Divisions of Plant Science and Biochemistry, University of Missouri – Soybean has a lot to Offer  Abstract
4:55 pm

*Sergio Alan Cervantes-Perez, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln – Tabula Glycine: The Glycine max single-cell resolution transcriptome atlas  Abstract
*Poster selected for oral presentation.

5:25 pm Break
5:40 pm María Eugenia Zanetti – Plenary Speaker, The miR390/TAS3/ARF module governs expression of an LBD member to regulate root nodule symbiosis and root architecture in legumes
6:35 pm Dinner on your own/Poster/Social
7:05 pm Saltdogs vs Kansas City - game starts at 7:05 pm, Haymarket Park - 403 Line Drive Circle

Saturday, August 12

7:45 am Registration desk opens
8 am
Breeding/Genetics for Yield/Protection of Yield:

SESSION CHAIRS: Aaron Lorenz, University of Minnesota, and  Carrie Miranda, Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University

8:05 am Leah McHale,  Professor of Breeding & Genetics, The Ohio State University – Breeding Soybean for Quantitative Disease Resistance to Phytophthora sojae  Abstract
8:35 am Natalia de Leon, Professor, Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin, Madison – Ten Years of the Genomes-to-Fields Maize GXE Project: Lessons and Opportunities  Abstract
9:05 am

Kyle Kocak, Research Scientist, Corteva Agriscience – Breeding for Yield in Industry  Abstract

9:35 am

*Vishnu Ramasubramanian, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Minnesota – A Genomic Selection Pipeline for Public Soybean Breeding Programs  Abstract
*Poster selected for oral presentation.

10:05 am Coffee break
10:35 am
Biotic Interaction Session 2:

SESSION CHAIR: Andrew Bent, Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison

10:40 am Naoufal Lakhssassi, Associate Scientist, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Soil and Agricultural Systems, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale – An update about SCN resistance: Peking-type and other new SCN resistant sources  Abstract
11:10 am Shin-Yi Marzano, U. S. Department of Agriculture – Developing alternative viro-control and RNAi-based approaches to reduce white mold infection  Abstract
11:40 am Francois Belzile, Plant Science Department and Institute for Integrative and Systems Biology (IBIS), Université Laval – Using genomics to unravel the complexities of the interaction between soybean and Phythophthora sojae  Abstract
12:10 pm

*Md Sabbir Hossain, Doctoral Student, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln – An integrated single-cell comparative transcriptomic and evolutionary analysis of the legume membrane microdomain-associated protein-coding genes during the nodulation process  Abstract
*Poster selected for oral presentation.

12:35 pm Lunch Provided
1:35 pm
Genetic Engineering:

SESSION CHAIR: Robert Stupar, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, and Wayne Parrott, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, University of Georgia

1:40 pm Margaret Frank, Assistant Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Biology Section, Cornell University – Engineering approaches to develop hybrid soybean
2:10 pm Gunvant Patil, Assistant Professor, Institute of Genomics for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance, Texas Tech University – Editing for abiotic stress outcomes in soybean  Abstract
2:40 pm Nathan Hancock, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina Aiken – Harnessing the mPing Transposable Element for Gene Discovery and Precision Genome Engineering  Abstract
3:10 pm

*Vikranth K Chandrasekaran, Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri – Facilitating gene discovery in soybean through mutagenesis: Identification of novel genes controlling the production of four-seeded pods  Abstract
*Poster selected for oral presentation.

3:40 pm Coffee break (20 minute break)
4:10 – 6:10 pm
Panel discussion

Opportunities in advancing genetic and genomic translations in soybean biology.

Panel Discussion Lead: Brad Zamft – Project Lead,


Shveta Bagga – Protein Core Technologies Lead, Corteva Agriscience

Selma Davis – Head of Soybean Product Design, Bayer Crop Science

Tengfang Huang – VP & Head of Research, Traitology

Ian Miller – Chief Development Officer, Pairwise

The panel will be an open dialog to discuss issues/challenges that are associated with getting agricultural technologies, with a little soybean centric to it, from the lab to the marketplace. Topics will include STEM workforce needs, logistics of identity preservation of output traits, along with discussion around future investments to help foster getting technologies onto the market, including outreach activities to better inform the consumer about the challenges facing the global food supply chain and safety of traits developed through the tools of biotechnology.

6:30 pm Julia Bailey-Serres – Plenary Speaker
7:15 pm Social/poster viewing
7:45 pm Conference dinner
8:45 pm Social/on your own/poster awards

Sunday, August 13

9 am SoyGEC Report
10 am Closing remarks