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Agricultural research highlighted in Houston

Madison, WI - 5 OCTOBER 2008 - More than 8,000 international scientists are meeting at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center to participate in the first-ever Joint Annual Meeting of seven scientific societies, Oct. 5-9. A major part of their focus will be agricultural research. The following sessions highlight research responses to major agricultural challenges.

When: Oct. 5-9, 2008

Where: George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

Contact: Sara Uttech, ASA-CSSA-SSSA, 608-268-4948; suttech or in the Newsroom beginning 4 October: 713-853-8329

Selected Highlights

All events take place in the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston:

What genes can be found to improve and diversify crops?
571 Mining the Germplasm for Diversity and Crop Improvement
Monday, 6 October 2008: 2:25 PM, Room 370A

What are the amounts of global reserves for plant nutrients?
587 Global Nutrient Cycling
Monday, 6 October 2008: 2:40 PM, Room 360F

Can biofuel production be sustainable in developing countries?
625 Biofuels in Developing Countries: Opportunities and Risks
Tuesday, 7 October 2008: 8:25 AM, Room 371D

What are the prospects for developing drought tolerant crops?
634 Breeding for Resistance to Abiotic Stress
Tuesday, 7 October 2008: 12:55 PM, Room 370EF What are the challenges and issues of water management for turfgrass in the 21st Century?
723 The Future of Water
Wednesday, 8 October 2008: 8:25 AM, Room 382AB

What legumes are best for restoring nitrogen?
726 Leguminous Forages for a Nitrogen-Starved World
Wednesday, 8 October 2008: 8:25 AM, Room 371F

The Joint Annual Meeting offers an unprecedented technical program that showcases the scientific collaboration of the sponsoring organizations: the Geological Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, and Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies with the Gulf Coast Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology; the meeting is hosted by the Houston Geological Society.


Contact: Sara Uttech
American Society of Agronomy

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