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2009 Annual Meetings emphasize sustainability

MADISON, WI, OCTOBER 27, 2009 -- The 2009 Annual Meetings of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) are just around the corner, Nov. 1-5 in Pittsburgh, PA. The meeting's theme, "Footprints in the Landscape: Sustainability through Plant and Soil Sciences," together with its location in the LEED-certified David L. Lawrence Convention Center underscores this year's commitment to sustainability.

More than 2,700 scientists, professionals, and students will present the latest research and discuss emerging trends in agriculture, energy, climate change, environmental science,and related issues.

The ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meetings program features daily plenary lectures, nine distinguished lectures, 2,500 oral and poster presentations, an exhibit hall, career center, and other events. A full program, including abstracts of the presentations, is available online, Highlighted events include:

Sunday, Nov. 1

  • "Fueling the Resurgence of Our Purpose-Driven Sciences," Plenary Lecture, Gebisa Ejeta of Purdue University and the 2009 World Food Prize recipient, 6:00-7:00 pm

  • Opening Reception, Exhibit Hall, 7:00-9:00 pm

Monday, Nov. 2

  • Plenary Lecture by Roger Beachy, USDA-National Institute of Food & Agriculture, 8:00-9:30 am

  • "Climate Change and Agroecosystems: Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation," Session, 9:55am-5:15 pm
  • "Dirt! the Movie," screening and discussion with Producer Gene Rosow, 3:45-5:30 pm (repeats on Nov. 3, 10:00-11:45 am)
  • "Using Precision Farming Technologies to Minimize Agriculture's Footprint in the Landscape," Symposium, 9:55 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday, Nov. 3

  • Intersection of technology and sustainability, Plenary Lecture by Calestous Juma, Harvard, 8:00-9:30 am

  • Gulf of Mexico's hypoxia zone/dead zone, Lecture by Curtis Richardson, Duke, 9:55-11:00 am
  • "Global Footprints: Adding Value to Agriculture in the Developing World," Symposium, 10:10 am-2:30 pm
  • "The Environmental and Ecological Challenges of Biomass Production," Session, 9:55 am-3:30 pm and "Impact of Ethanol Production on the Environment, Session, 9:55 am -2:45 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 4

  • "Soils: A Public Health Threat or Savior," Plenary Lecture, Ian Pepper, Univ. of Arizona, 8:00-9:30 am

  • "Terroir: Winegrapes and the Environment," Symposium, 12:45-6:00 pm
  • "Biochar Use for Improving Environmental Quality," Session, 12:55-6:00 pm
  • Climate change and crop diversity, Lecture by Robert J. Hijmans, Univ. of California-Davis, 4:30-5:15 pm

Thursday, Nov. 5

  • "Building a Strong Financial Base for Sustaining a Healthy Plant Breeding Community," Symposium, presentations by the Gates Foundation, Monsanto, Noble Foundation, and others, 7:55-10:50 am


Contact: Sara Uttech
American Society of Agronomy

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