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AACC International Session to Address Current Breeding Technologies Within Food Supply Chain

Date Posted: September 23, 2013

St. Paul, MN—Cereal grain scientists from around the world will gather in Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 29–October 2, 2013, for the AACC International Annual Meeting.

This event is expected to attract as many as 1,100 of the world’s scientists representing a broad range of cereal grain expertise working in academia, industry, and government.

A premeeting Hot Topic session led by Anne Bridges, AACC International, and Ray Shillito, Bayer CropScience, will address the challenge of how to feed the future world population.

An important part of this challenge is improving the nutritional composition, quality, and quantity of food from agricultural sources.

The session, "Sustainability, Genetics, and Future Cultivars," will provide an overview of current breeding technologies for grains and oil seeds, new crops, potential food benefits, and the corresponding updates in molecular detection methods to manage authentication in the food supply chain.

Anne Bridges planned the session and stated, "This conversation is one that must be had with all who play a role in the production and implementation of the food chain.

"This is an international issue that has an intrinsic impact on every person on the planet, and right now there is a gap in information within the food industry on this topic.

"The session will inform attendees about where the conversation currently stands, the perspectives of various contributors to the food chain, as well as enable discussion between attendees and the session speakers."

The session will feature several speakers discussing various aspects of the broader conversation.

Robert Stupar, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota, will address the range of modern plant breeding methods; John Pitkin, Agronomic Traits Pipeline Lead on the Wheat Technology Team at Monsanto, will discuss new approaches to changing plant and food composition; Mitch Tuinstra, Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Purdue University, will cover ways to increase crop yield under real conditions to better feed the world; Randal Giroux, VP of Corporate Food Safety in the Quality and Regulatory Division at Cargill Incorporated, will identify preservation and purity methods within the supply chain; and Jannavi Srinivasan, a chemist with the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, will speak to the compositional analysis of food derived from modern breeding technology.

The session will take place on September 29 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. MDT.

Please contact Michele Kaplan at AACC International for more information regarding attending the session.

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