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This symposium will bring together scientists working on heterosis via several approaches —genetics, epigenetics, breeding, development, physiology, proteomics, metabolomics, organelles, apomixis and systems biology. The organisms represented will include Arabidopsis, maize, rice, tomato, wheat, sorghum, cowpea, cassava/sweet potato, and yeast. This unique convergence of heterosis investigators will hopefully inspire new lines of investigation and collaboration among the participants to understand and therefore harness heterosis in a predictable manner for crop production.

Organizing Committee
  • Jim Birchler, Ph.D., Commitee Chair
  • Sherry Flint-Garcia, Ph.D., USDA/ARS and University of Missouri
  • Elizabeth Kellogg, Ph.D., Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Paula McSteen, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Kathleen Newton, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Gary Stacey. Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Jacob Washburn, University of Missouri (Graduate Student Representative)
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