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Dry Bean Researchers Meet to Plan for Future Projects

W-1250, a group that plans multi-state regional research efforts funded by the USDA, recently met at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to set a five-year plan for future dry bean research. North Dakota State University faculty Juan Osorno, dry bean breeding, and Julie Pasche, dry bean and pulse diseases, were among the fourteen researchers from across the country who participated in the meeting.
Dry Bean Researchers Meet to Plan for Future Projects

The W-2150 group of researchers meeting at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

NEWS RELEASE - August 22, 2014 - University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center
Contact: David Ostdiek, Communications Specialist, 308-632-1252, dostdiek4@unl.edu
Reprinted with permission

Not long after the public attended the Dry Bean Field Tour at Scottsbluff to hear about the latest research into dry edible beans, a group of dry bean scientists from around the nation met here to set priorities for the next five years of research.

Fourteen researchers from a half-dozen states met at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center. They are members of W-2150, a group that plans multi-state regional research efforts that use U.S. Department of Agriculture funding. About 20 institutions are represented in W-2150, according to Mark Brick, a dry bean breeding specialist at Colorado State University.

The research project committee met at Scottsbluff to prepare a proposal for the next five years of research funding and also write a final report on the prior five-year project. In addition to plant breeders, the group included plant pathologists, agronomists, nutritionists and scientists who study the health benefits of dry beans – their value in helping to prevent cancer, diabetes, and various other chronic diseases.

Brick said the five-year project is administered through CSREES, the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, an agency in the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The project is titled “Breeding Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) for Resistance to Abiotic and Biotic Stresses, Sustainable Production, and Enhanced Nutritional Value.”

Main objectives for the next five years include improving yields by boosting resistance to plant stresses such as diseases, drought and heat; promoting human health and well-being through better genomics; and implementing sustainable and profitable ag systems that conserve natural resources and protect the environment.

The CSREES funding helps support some of the efforts of Carlos Urrea, dry bean breeding specialist at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, to develop new lines of great northern, pinto and other market class dry beans that are more resistant to drought and heat as well as diseases. Urrea’s work is often done in cooperation with USDA and other land-grant institutions.

The Scottsbluff meeting also gave the researchers an opportunity to tour local plots involved in multi-state regional bean variety trials. Regional trials allow plant breeders to see how bean lines perform in various locations. They also inspected Urrea’s experimental plots.

Pictured in photo:
The W-2150 group of researchers meeting at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center. Seated from left: Karen Cichy, USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), Michigan; Vicki Schegel, UNL; Julie Pasche, North Dakota State University; Janice Rueda, Wayne State University, Michigan; and Juan Osorno, North Dakota State University. Standing from left: Mark Brick, Colorado State University; Howard Schwartz, CSU; Jim Beaver, University of Puerto Rico; Jim Kelly, Michigan State University; Carlos Urrea, UNL; Ted Kisha, USAD-ARS, Pullman, Washington; Tim Porch, USDA-ARS, Puerto Rico; Khwaja G. Hossain, Mayville State University, North Dakota; and Phil Miklas, USDA-ARA, Prosser, Wash.

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