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NDSU Soybean Symposium

Learn about the latest in soybean research from NDSU experts during this inaugural event.

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MARCH 24, 2021
9 AM TO 5 PM
Zoom Webinar
FREE Registration
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You are invited to join us for the first ever NDSU Soybean Symposium! The purpose of this symposium is to connect soybean researchers across all fields of interest to foster collaboration and research that will benefit North Dakota soybean growers.

This annual meeting will allow students and researchers from NDSU and beyond to learn about all areas of soybean-related research happening at North Dakota State University. Speakers will range from entomologists to breeders to food scientists. 

In addition to local research presentations, you will hear from keynote speaker, Dr. Kristin Bilyeu, research molecular biologist from the USDA/University of Missouri, on applied soybean genomics.

Thanks to the ND Soybean Council for their support of soybean research in North Dakota.

Hosted by Dr. Carrie Miranda, Soybean Breeder and Assistant Professor
Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University

FREE Registration

There is no cost to register for this virtual event.

Students, if you are submitting an abstract, be ready to include it when you register.


Zoom Webinar

Instructions to join the Zoom webinar will be sent to the registrant's email address prior to the event.

Student Competition

Students, submit an abstract of your soybean-related research when you register for a chance to win a CASH PRIZE! Registrations and abstract submissions must be received by March 10, 2021. Judges will review all abstracts and select five (5) students to prepare a recorded presentation of their research. The presentations will be shown and a winner will be announced during the NDSU Soybean Symposium. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kristin BilyeuDr. Kristin Bilyeu, Research Molecular Biologist, USDA/ARS Plant Genetics Research Unit and Adjunct Professor, Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri

Presenting: Applied Soybean Genomics

Dr. Bilyeu's research focus has been to increase the value of soybean by utilizing variant alleles of genes to improve seed composition, and ultimately plant performance. Her expertise is in the translation of basic research to applied challenges utilizing biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and genomics to increase the efficiency of plant breeding and development of improved soybean varieties. Dr. Bilyeu has an active field and laboratory research program that utilizes natural and induced genetic variation to determine the optimum allele combinations to improve soybean traits that provide value to crop production and nutritional enhancements to our food supply in the U.S. and developing countries.

Tentative Agenda

9:00 AM NDSU Welcome: Dr. Greg Lardy, Vice President for Agricultural Affairs
9:15 AM ND Soybean Council Welcome: Mr. Kendall Nichols, Director of Research
9:30 AM
Dr. Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension Agronomist
Topic: Soybean Agronomy
10:00 AM
Dr. Guiping Yan, Assistant Professor, NDSU Dept. of Plant Pathology
Topic: Soybean Cyst Nematode
10:30 AM
10:45 AM
Student presentations (3)
11:30 AM Lunch on your own (1 hour)
12:30 PM
Dr. Carrie Miranda, Soybean Breeder and Assistant Professor, NDSU Dept. of Plant Sciences
Topic: Soybean Breeding and the Future of the NDSU Soybean Program
1:00 PM
Student presentations (2)
1:30 PM
Dr. Berlin Nelson, Professor, NDSU Dept. of Plant Pathology 
Topic: Phytophthora Root Rot
2:00 PM
Dr. Jay Goos, Professor, NDSU Dept. of Soil Science
Topic: Iron-deficiency Chlorosis
2:30 PM
Dr. Aaron Lorenz, Soybean Breeder and Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
Topic: University of Minnesota Soybean Breeding 
3:00 PM
3:15 PM
Announce student presentation winner
3:30 PM Keynote Address: Dr. Kristin Bilyeu, Research Molecular Biologist, USDA/University of Missouri
4:30 PM
Closing Remarks: Dr. Richard Horsley, Department Head, NDSU Dept. of Plant Sciences


Our thanks to the ND Soybean Council for their generous support of this symposium.


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