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Student Awarded at Canadian Pulse Research Workshop

Plant Sciences M.S. student Amy Scegura was awarded first place for her poster presentation at the 10th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 25-28, 2016. The title of her research is “Marker Assisted Backcross Selection for Virus Resistance in Pea (Pisum sativum L.)”.
Student Awarded at Canadian Pulse Research Workshop

Amy Scegura (center) with Dr. Susan Arntfield (left), conference organizer, and Dr. Rotimi Aluko, awards chair.

November 9, 2016

Plant Sciences M.S. student Amy Scegura was awarded first place for her poster presentation at the 10th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 25-28, 2016. The title of her research is “Marker Assisted Backcross Selection for Virus Resistance in Pea (Pisum sativum L.)”.

Scegura’s research is focused on developing a backcross population that is resistant to Pea seed-borne mosaic virus (PSbMV). PSbMV is an economically important viral disease in pea (Pisum sativum L.) and has recently been detected in the Northern Great Plains. It has significant impact on the industry, resulting in yield loss and reduced grain quality. Scegura is using marker assisted backcross breeding to transfer the single recessive resistance allele for PSbMV (sbm-1) located on LG VI (linkage group 6) into locally adapted breeding lines. After each population is developed, it will be evaluated for disease resistance against the PSbMV strain present in the Northern Great Plains and for agronomic adaptation including yield performance.

Scegura is from Avon, Minnesota, and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Crop and Weed Sciences in December 2015. She is working on her master’s degree in Plant Sciences with an emphasis in Plant Breeding and Genetics under the advisement of Dr. Kevin McPhee, professor and pulse crop breeder in the Department of Plant Sciences.

The Canadian Pulse Research Workshop is the biennial meeting of pulse researchers in Canada. The meeting brings together researchers from different disciplines to present their latest results in the areas of agronomy and pathology, environment, genetics and plant breeding, and nutrition and food. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2ewqQhI.   

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

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