Poster Abstracts
Bus Tour


2018 Joint Conference
NAAIC, Trifolium, & Grass Breeders
June 4-6, 2018 · Logan, Utah

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Monday, June 4
  6:00  Dinner & Poster Session click to view poster abstracts
     Forage Genetic Resources of the USDA National Plant Germplasm System
& Roundtable Discussion
Peter Bretting, USDA-ARS, ONP
Tuesday, June 5
Welcome Session (Moderator: Mark Smith)
  8:00   Greetings from Utah State
Dean Ken White, Utah State University
  8:10   USDA-ARS Logan, UT Update
Joseph Robins, USDA-ARS Forage and Range Research Laboratory
Session I: Forage Pathology & Entomology (Moderators: Scott Newell & Alpa Puri)
  8:30   Genetic Mapping of Resistance to Aphanomyces Root Rot in Alfalfa
Deborah Samac, USDA-ARS
  8:50   A Transgenic Approach to Alfalfa Crown Rot Control
Andrew Sathoff, University of Minnesota
  9:10   Developing Molecular Markers for Verticillium Wilt Resistance in Autotetraploid Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.)
Long-Xi Yu, USDA-ARS
  9:30   Linking Pollinator Behavior to Gene Flow to Improve Coexistence
Johanne Brunet, USDA-ARS
  9:50   Break and Posters
Session II: Research Supported by NAFA Efforts (Moderators: Laxman Adhikari & Olivia Steinmetz)
  10:15   NAFA - Working to Enhance the Forage Industry
Beth Nelson, National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance
  10:25   AFRP Lightning Presentations (Moderators: Ann Marie Thro, Felix Gutierrez & Kyle Harrington)
           Developing Regionally-Adapted, Resilient Alfalfa Germplasm Pools
      Charles Brummer, University of California-Davis
           A Decision Support Tool for Predicting Alfalfa Yield and Quality to Enhance Resource
      Use Efficiency
      Michael Ottman, University of Arizona
           Development of Grazing Recommendations and On-Farm Decision Tools for Managing
      Alfalfa-Grass Mixtures in the Southeastern U.S.
      Jennifer Tucker, University of Georgia
           Bacterial Stem Blight of Alfalfa: Connection with Frost Damage, Development of Resistant
      Germplasm, and Mapping Resistance Genes
      Deborah Samac, USDA-ARS
           Developing an Attractant for Lygus Hesperus Derived from Host Plant
      Volatile Compounds
      Zainulabeuddin Syed, University of Kentucky
           Determining Genetic Factors that Influence Forage Quality in Alfalfa
      Steven Norberg, Washington State University
           Identifying Factors to Optimize Establishment of Alfalfa Interseeded in Corn
      John Grabber, USDA-ARS
           Overhauling Alfalfa Weevil Management in Irrigated Southwest Desert Alfalfa
      Ayman Mostafa, University of Arizona
           LIDAR and Photogrammetry to Map Alfalfa Yield and Quality Using Unmanned
      Aircraft Systems
      Joseph Dvorak, University of Kentucky
           Managing Selfing Rates in Alfalfa Seed Production Fields
      Johanne Brunet, USDA-ARS
  11:05 Predictive Accuracy of Alfalfa Fall Dormancy Assessed in Field Density Sward Plots
Scott Newell, University of California-Davis
  11:20 Subsurface Drip Irrigation, Deficit Irrigation Strategies, and Improved Varieties to Improve Alfalfa Water Use Efficiency
Dan Putnam, University of California-Davis
  11:35 Impact of Potassium Fertilization, Harvest Frequency, and Grazing Management in Alfalfa Persistence Across the Southeastern U.S.
  Impact of Microbial Inoculants on the Quality and Fermentation Stability of Alfalfa Round-Bale Baleage
Rocky Lemus, Mississippi State University
  11:50   Awards Luncheon
Session III: Forage Breeding & Genomics (Moderators: Jeremie Favre & Scott Newell)
  1:10   Field Validation of the Improvement of Alfalfa Stem Cell Wall Digestibility
Annick Bertrand, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  1:30   Understanding Adaptive Responses to Drought Stress in Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.)
MD Rokebul Anower, Noble Research Institute
  1:50   The Alfalfa Breeder's Toolbox (ABT) Integrates Genetic, Genomic, and Germplasm Resources for Alfalfa Improvement
Maria Monteros, Noble Research Institute
  2:10   Accuracy of Eight Genomic Selection Models in the Prediction of Salt Tolerance in Alfalfa
Charles Hawkins, USDA-ARS
  2:30   Dissecting Alfalfa Dormancy Using Selection Mapping
Charles Brummer, University of California-Davis
  2:50   Utilizing Artificial Intelligence in Red Clover Breeding
Heathcliffe Riday, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center
  3:10   Impact of Reduced Lignin or Ferulate Crosslinking on Fitness of Temperate Grasses
Michael Casler, USDA-ARS
  3:30   Poster Session
  4:30   Business Meeting
Wednesday, June 6
Session IV: AFRP Lightning Presentations, continued (Moderators: Ann Marie Thro, Kiran Baral & Samantha Rude)
  8:00   Increasing Preventative and Curative Options for Clover Root Curculio Management in Western Alfalfa
Ricardo Ramirez, Utah State University
     The Silent Decline in Soil Potassium Levels and Its Effect on Alfalfa Productivity in the Central and Western U.S.
Anowar Islam, University of Wyoming
     Re-Establishing IPM Recommenddations for Aphids in Alfalfa Hay in the Low Desert
Ayman Mostafa, University of Arizona
     Developing Molecular Markers for Enhancing Resistance to Drought and High Salinity in Alfalfa
Long-Xi Yu, USDA-ARS
     Developing an Alfalfa Hay Export Market in the Humid Eastern United States
Chris Teutsch, University of Kentucky
     Nutritive Value and Forage Accumluation of Alfalfa and Alfalfa-Mixtures as Influenced by Forage Management
Renata Nave Oakes, University of Tennessee
Session V: Forage Agronomy & Management (Moderator: Marcia Pereira da Silva & Andrew Sathoff)
  8:25  Keys to Alfalfa Establishment Under Densely Planted Silage Corn
John Grabber, USDA-ARS
  8:40  Resilience, Stability, and Productivity of Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) in North America
Valentin Picasso, University of Wisconsin
  8:55  Incorporating Alfalfa into Bermudagrass for Baleage Production: Improving Forage Quality and Yield in the Southeast
Jennifer Tucker, University of Georgia
  9:10  Forage Yield and Nutritive Value of Perennial Grain Kernza Grown in Monoculture and Intercropped with Red Clover
Jeremie Favre, University of Wisconsin
  9:25  Developing Dual-Purpose Perennial Forage and Grain Legumes
Brandon Schlautman, The Land Institute
  9:40   Break and Posters
  10:10  Red Clover Varieties with Nitrogen Fixing Advantage During the Early Stages of Seedling Development
Yousef Papadopoulus, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  10:30  Characterization of Crested Wheatgrass Populations for Plant Maturity & Associated Physiological & Morphological Traits
Samuel Tandoh, University of Saskatchewan
  10:50  Genetic Parameters for Agronomic and Morphological Traits in Annual Ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lamarck)
Esteban Rios, University of Florida
  11:10  Fall and Winter Forage: Case Study - Sieben Land and Livestock
Kevin Jensen, USDA-ARS
  12:00   Box Lunch, Bus Tour & Dinner (event free with registration; registration required)
Dutch Oven Dinner sponsored by Barenbrug USA
Bus will return to SpringHill Suites at approximately 8:00 p.m.