Student-Driven Organic Plant Breeding

Carrot sampling at SOSS

The Student Organic Seed Symposium (SOSS) launched in 2012 in an effort to increase the capacity to advance crop improvement for sustainable agriculture through fostering dialogue between students interested in organic plant breeding, researchers, and organic seed industry professionals. Now in their 3rd year, SOSS is preparing a three-day symposium to be held at Hope Lake Lodge and Conference Center and the Finger Lakes Region of New York, from August 17-20, 2014.

The 2014 SOSS, themed “Regional Adaptation for Sustainable Food and Seed Systems,” is an opportunity for graduate student plant breeders to convene with leading scientists in the field of organic plant breeding. Thirty students from across the country will  interact with and learn from these stakeholders, while also sharing their own ideas and experiences.

The symposium includes field trips, workshops, and keynote addresses given by distinguished speakers. The speaker list includes: Jane Dever, R. Ford Denison, Mark Sorrells, Major Goodman, Edith L. Lammerts Van Bueren, and Jared Zystro. The schedule of events also includes a tour of Cornell University’s research programs, a student-led field day of student research projects, and field visits to local farms, seed companies, and food artisans.

OSGATA is excited to be a sponsor of the event.



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