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Students, faculty provide grape breeding updates at ASEV Conference

Missouri State grape breeding research displayed at national meeting
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
MSU participants with Dr. Andy Walker, the conference organizer (back middle left)

MSU participants with Dr. Andy Walker, the conference organizer (back middle left)

Missouri State University’s Dr. Chin-Feng Hwang, associate professor in the Darr School of Agriculture; Surya Sapkota, an MSU/University of Missouri collaborative Ph.D. student, plant science masters students Pragya Adhikari, Logan Duncan, Brigette Williams and Mia Mann, a plant science senior, attended the 65th American Society of Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) National Conference June 25-26 in Austin, Texas.

Three of the students presented posters on their research and participated in the flash talk where students gave timed, three-minute presentations on their research.

  • Sapkota presented a poster entitled “Fungal Diseases in Grapevine: Phenotypic Assays on a Vitis aestivalis-derived ‘Norton’ Based Population”
  • Adhikari presented a poster entitled “Identification of True Hybrids of Vitis aestivalis-derived ‘Norton’-Based Populations Using Molecular Markers”
  • Mann presented a poster entitled “Are Norton and Cynthiana Synonyms? – A Genome-Wide Comparative Assessment Using Microsatellite Markers”

Dr. Hwang was invited to present a talk entitled “Optimization of Vitis aestivalis-derived ‘Norton’ Grape Breeding Using Molecular Genetic and Genomic Approaches” and served as a moderator for a “Vineyard Practices” session. “This event provided an excellent opportunity for the students to update their research progress and interact with researchers worldwide,” said Hwang. “I am very grateful that our students represented MSU so well at the conference.”

For more information, visit the conference website or contact Hwang at (417) 547-7538.


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About the Darr School of Agriculture The William H. Darr School of Agriculture integrates excellence in teaching, service and research into each of the nine undergraduate and three graduate programs. Within the school, there are four units: general agriculture; agribusiness, agricultural education and communications; animal science; and environmental plant science and natural resources. Each program has unique research facilities that allow for hands-on research.

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