Even though our meeting fell in the middle of the 2013 Government shut-down, the meeting was still a big success and one of our most interesting meetings. The addition of talks from AFRI grant PIs were excellent. We lost about 25% of our original attendees due to the shut-down but still had a record attendance.
I especially thank Colleen McMahan, our 2013 AAIC Past President, for her work in organizing the awards committee, selection of awardees, and helping to organize the awards ceremony remotely (she wasn’t able to attend due to shut-down). I’d also like to thank Burton Johnson, the 2012 AAIC Past President, who agreed to step in when Colleen could not attend and be the master of ceremony for the awards. He is a master at it!
I’d like to congratulate the well deserving awardees! We had some great Division presentations and student awards. Their work contributed greatly to the success of the meeting. I’m very proud of the way our Society promotes and welcomes student participation at our meetings.
I’d like to also thank the Program Leaders from USDA, NIFA who made this meeting a success organizing the special sessions for each of their programs. The CAP grants in the plenary session provided a unique look into the state of the art of biofuels research in the U.S.
Many thanks to all who assisted in the conference organization. Dennis Ray, Carmela Bailey, and Terry Coffelt for their help on the Program, especially Valerie Teetor (Registrar, Answer Person, Greeter, etc.), Marisol Berti (Technical Program Chair), and Division Chairs and Moderators were very much appreciated. Finally, a special note of thanks to our co-sponsors: PanAridus, LLC, Yulex Corp, Cooper Tire and Rubber, and Bridgestone Americas INC. who generously provided financial support for the meeting.
Dave Dierig, now, AAIC Past President.
Dr. Dennis Ray is recognized as a world expert on the cytogenetics, genetics, breeding, and agronomics of guayule, vernonia, lesquerella, and other new industrial crops. He was one of the founding members of AAIC, has served two terms as president of the society, is a former winner of the AAIC Outstanding Researcher Award, currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Industrial Crops and Products, and has held numerous other positions within the society including a member of the organizing committee for the 25th Annual Meeting of AAIC. Dr. Ray has spent his career of over 30 years teaching, researching, and promoting new industrial crops in arid environments, and is an outstanding ambassador for the virtues of New Industrial Crops.
Dr. Guangyao (Sam) Wang was a University of Arizona faculty extension member working to develop new crops and alternative cropping systems for Arizona. Over this past year, some really significant research accomplishments had taken place, including a set of guidelines for growers producing lesquerella (Physaria fendleri) as an extension publication. He has worked on water and fertility management, herbicides, physiology, and breeding of lesquerella and has published important information toward it’s commercialization by providing production strategies to growers. Sam was involved in variety trials that lead to the public release of the latest lesquerella line “Gail”. Sam is an active member of Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops in the Oilseeds Division and has contributed through his work on various committees. He is on the editorial board for Industrial Crops and Products. Sam is a talented agronomist, statistician, and biologist and has used his skills to improve the potential of the many crops he has worked with.
AAIC 2013 Best Oral Paper Presentation Awards (by Division)
Best Fibers and Cellulosics Division Paper Presentation
INVESTIGATING SEED DORMANCY IN SWITCHGRASS (Panicum virgatum L.): UNDERSTANDING THE EFFECT OF TEMPERATURE AND PLANT HORMONES ON EMBRYO DORMANCY
D.V. Duclos, A.G. Taylor
Department of Horticulture, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University, Geneva, NY 14456-0462, USA
Best Oilseed Division Paper Presentation
ROOT PHENOTYPING OF NEW OILSEED CROP LESQUERELLA GERMPLASM
M.V. Cruz1,2, L.H. Comas3, G. Wang4, D.A. Dierig1
1USDA-ARS National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, Fort Collins, CO 80521 2Dept. Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523
3USDA-ARS Water Management Research Unit, Fort Collins, CO 80521; 4Desert Research and Extension Center, University of California, El Centro, CA 92243
Best Medicinal and Nutraceuticals Division Paper Presentation
EVALUATION OF FENUGREEK (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) GERMPLASM FOR DIOSGENIN, GALACTOMANNAN, AND 4-HYDROXYISOLEUCINE
D.K. Santra1,3, S. Kale2, D. Rose2, V. Schlegel2
1Panhandle Research and Extension Center, University of Nebraska, Scottsbluff, NE 69361, USA
2Department of Food Science & Technology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE USA
Best Natural Rubber and Resins Division Paper Presentation
FORMATION OF NOVEL NATURAL RUBBER- PLASTIC NANOFIBER COMPOSITES VIA ELECTROSPINNING
J.L. Slutzky1, C.S. Barrera1, K. Cornish1,2
1 Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio, USA
2 Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Horticulture and Crop Science,
The Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio, USA
Best General Crops Division Paper Presentation
The SweetFuel Project: Sweet Sorghum, an alternative energy crop
A. Monti1, B. Reddy2, A. Zacharias3, S. Amaducci4, R. Shaffert5, G. Reinhardt6,
F. Zavala-Garcia7, V. Snijman8, R. Janssen9, S. Bracconnier10.
1Dept. of Agricultural Sciences - University of Bologna, 40127 Bologna, Italy
2International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, 502324 Andhra Pradesh, India.
3KWS SAAT AG, 37555 Einbeck, Germany
4Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, 29100 Piacenza, Italy
5Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria, 34701-970 Sete Lagoas, MG
6Institut fuer Energie und Umweltforschung Heidelberg GMBH, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
7Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon/Facultad de Agronomia, 76700 Marin, Nueavo Leon, Mexico.
8Agricultural Research Council – Grain Crop Institute, 2531 Potchefstroom, South Africa.
9Renewable Energies, 81369 Munchen, Germany.
10Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement, 34398 Montpellier Cedex, France.
AAIC 2013 Best Poster Presentation Awards (by Division)
Best General Crops Division Poster Presentation
SWEET SORGHUM PRODUCTION LOGISTICS FOR A SUB-TROPICAL ENVIRONMENT
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
Best Natural Rubber and Resins Division Poster Presentation
TISSUE SPECIFIC AND INDUCIBLE PROMOTER EVALUATION IN BUCKEYE GOLD
L. Zhao1, W. Xie1, Z. Li1, S.B. Ryu2, K. Cornish1
1. Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University-OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH 44691, USA.
2. Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, 111 Gwahangno, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-806, KOREA
2013 Student Travel Awards:
Cindy Barrera, The Ohio State University/OARDC, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
Loren Davis, Texas Tech University, Department of Plant and Soil Science
Bralie Hendon, Texas Tech University, Department of Plant and Soil Science
Brian Iaffaldano, The Ohio State University/OARDC, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
Robert Kelby Imel, Texas Tech University, Department of Plant and Soil Science
Ulysius S. McGhee, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA
Phoenix Mourning-Star, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO