Friday, April 4, 2008

FYI -- Distinguished Lecture 4/09/08

The fifth lecture in the Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture will be presented by Dr. Peter Bretting, the USDA/ARS National Program Leader for Plant Germplasm and Genomes. The title of his Lecture is Horticultural Genetic Resources: Current Status and Future Prospects.

A reception will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Horticulture/Forest Science Building atrium on
Wednesday, April 9, followed by his Lecture at 3:00 p.m. in room 102 HFSB on the West Campus of Texas A&M University.

Dr. Bretting has been USDA/ARS National Program Leader, Plant Germplasm and Genomes since 1998, and was promoted to the rank of Senior National Program Leader in 2004. This position involves co-leadership, coordination, and direction of a national program of crop genetic research conducted at more than 50 locations nationally, with an annual budget of approximately $120 million.

He also serves as a USDA representative for the US government delegations negotiating the UN-FAO International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, and the UN-UNEP Convention on Biological Diversity.

His areas of research specialization and professional interest include: 1) Administration and management of scientific research, development, and service organizations; 2) Plant genetic resource management, emphasizing statistical genetic and molecular marker approaches to managing germplasm; 3) Crop genetics, genomics, systematics, and economic botany, with particular emphasis on maize, sunflowers, and new crops, especially ornamentals. He is the co-editor of one book and a collection of papers, and the author or coauthor of numerous scientific publications.

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