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International Bean and Pulse Meetings in Fargo in November

The 2019 Bean Improvement Cooperative and North American Pulse Improvement Association meetings have concluded, and local planners are happy with the feedback from participants. The meetings were back-to-back November 3-8 at the Radisson Hotel Fargo.

December 4, 2019

The 2019 Bean Improvement Cooperative (BIC) and North American Pulse Improvement Association (NAPIA) meetings have concluded, and local planners are happy with the feedback from participants. The meetings were back-to-back November 3-8 at the Radisson Hotel Fargo.

The local planning committee for the meetings included North Dakota State University dry edible bean breeder Juan Osorno, dry bean geneticist Phil McClean, pulse and lentil crops pathologist Julie Pasche, pulse breeder Nonoy Bandillo, and USDA-ARS Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center Director Mike Grusak. Attendees traveled from South and East Africa, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey and parts of the United States to attend the meetings.

The last time the meetings were in Fargo was 2001.

Two meetings at one time

Dry edible bean and pulse crop researchers share many interests and some similar challenges, thus the two groups have developed a cooperative research meeting schedule. Their meetings are held biennially in a back-to-back format to maximize the use of time and travel for many in the research community.

The BIC meeting was November 3-6, and included a symposium titled Global Bean Research: Fostering International Collaborations. Approximately 125 researchers attended and presented 62 oral and poster research reports.

The NAPIA meeting was November 6-8 and featured 3 keynote speakers and 59 oral and poster presentations. More than 80 researchers attended. 

Awards

Awards presented during both meetings highlighted exceptional research and service.

NDSU research technician Albert (Jody) Vander Wal won the BIC Technical Merit Award. Vander Wal has the distinction of having served as the only research technician in the history of the NDSU dry edible bean breeding project. He began in 1981, when the first NDSU dry edible bean breeder, Ken Grafton, started leading the project. He continued with Osorno in 2007, and the awards committee commended him for helping the project become “one of the largest and most important programs in the U.S.” They also said, “Jody’s hard work and contributions have been crucial for the success of the NDSU dry bean breeding program, the bean industry, and the bean scientific community.”

NDSU M.S. degree candidate Edgar Escobar Romero won the BIC Student Recognition Award for Best Oral Presentation. The title of his presentation was Multi-Parent Advanced Generation Inter-Cross Population for Improvement of Genetic Resistance of Dry Bean to White Mold: WM-Magic. Escobar is originally from Guatemala and is advised by Osorno.

Six more awards were given for Distinguished Leadership, Meritorious Service, Distinguished Achievement and Student Poster Presentations at the BIC meeting.

Seven awards for meritorious service and superior research presentations were handed out at the NAPIA meeting.

Other Activities

In addition to the research activities, business meetings of various leadership and research groups were held and a tour featuring the NDSU Agricultural Experiment Station Research Greenhouse Complex, the NDSU Northern Crops Institute and a local brewery was held mid-week, bridging the two meetings.

Event planning company Reach Partners, Inc. of Fargo assisted in planning the meetings.

The 2021 BIC/NAPIA meeting will be held in Saskatoon Saskatchewan.

For additional articles about the BIC/NAPIA meetings, see:
https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/news/international-dry-bean-and-pulse-research-meetings-to-be-held-in-fargo

https://www.ndsu.edu/news/view/detail/55820/

Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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