Month: July 2015

New Members

In This Issue – 49.3 President’s Report 2015 In Vitro Biology Meeting Update Acknowledgement of Supporters Delia Bethell Lifetime Achievement Award Zeng-Yu Wang Distinguished Scientist Award Student Awards IVACS Student and Post-Doctoral Oral Presentation Competition ISEF High School Science Fair Awards Journal Highlights Membership Matters Member Profile – Ian Curtis Member News New Members SIVB Welcomes Its New Members in 2015! Kasturi Dasgupta Rick A Fasani, Aglient Technologies Elio A Jimenez, Florida Crystals Corp Rebecca Liao, HM.CLAUSE Thelma Lopez, Ball Horticultural Company Amy Mason, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Javier Narvaez, Cibus Viji Sitther, Morgan State University Carolyn Sluis, Tissue-Grown Corp Kimberly Steckler, Dow Agro Sciences Canada Inc....

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Member News

In This Issue – 49.3 President’s Report 2015 In Vitro Biology Meeting Update Acknowledgement of Supporters Delia Bethell Lifetime Achievement Award Zeng-Yu Wang Distinguished Scientist Award Student Awards IVACS Student and Post-Doctoral Oral Presentation Competition ISEF High School Science Fair Awards Journal Highlights Membership Matters Member Profile – Ian Curtis Member News New Members U.S. Senator John Thune, U.S. Senator Mike Rounds and U.S. Congresswoman Kristi Noem, the delegation from South Dakota, met with Dr. David Songstad, SIVB Past President, on April 15, 2015 when he was in Washington, DC, at the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) board meeting.  David, who is the President of CAST, also met with Dr. Catherine Woteki, Under Secretary of Agriculture overseeing the ARS, NIFA, ERS and NASS within the USDA.  Genome editing was a topic of interest to Dr. Woteki and she was pleased that SIVB has genome editing included in our meetings over the past two years.  She is also pleased that CAST will have a forthcoming publication on genome editing.Also as part of the CAST program, Dr. Songstad participated in the Borlaug CAST Communication Award presentation at the National Press Club on April 16, 2015, in Washington, DC.  At this venue, Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam (Professor of Animal Science at UC Davis) gave a presentation entitled “Communicating Science in a Networked World” as the 2014 Borlaug CAST Communication Award...

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Member Profile

In This Issue – 49.3 President’s Report 2015 In Vitro Biology Meeting Update Acknowledgement of Supporters Delia Bethell Lifetime Achievement Award Zeng-Yu Wang Distinguished Scientist Award Student Awards IVACS Student and Post-Doctoral Oral Presentation Competition ISEF High School Science Fair Awards Journal Highlights Membership Matters Member Profile – Ian Curtis Member News New Members Ian Curtis – My Passion for Growing Plants at Horticultural Shows In 1978, the family moved to a semi-detached house on the other side of my hometown in Bolton, Lancashire, UK. The property had a large vegetable garden at the back and my parents told me they did not have the time to manage the garden and so it became a new hobby of mine at the age of 11. I remember visiting the town’s local horticultural show that summer and looking at the standard of vegetables and flowers on show and thinking ‘I could do better’. I also enjoyed the smell and view on display of all kinds of plants in this giant marquee. Growing up in a terraced house I had no idea what the common vegetables we eat daily looked like in an open field. Hence, during my initial year as a gardener I grew a wide range of vegetables out of curiosity and also for the family. In November 1979, I competed in my first horticultural show at the town hall...

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Membership Matters

In This Issue – 49.3 President’s Report 2015 In Vitro Biology Meeting Update Acknowledgement of Supporters Delia Bethell Lifetime Achievement Award Zeng-Yu Wang Distinguished Scientist Award Student Awards IVACS Student and Post-Doctoral Oral Presentation Competition ISEF High School Science Fair Awards Journal Highlights Membership Matters Member Profile – Ian Curtis Member News New Members The Society for In Vitro Biology has established several initiatives to support the professional development of our student members. These initiatives include: free registration at the annual meeting with an accepted abstract, travel awards, research presentation competitions, direct involvement with committees and program planning, and the inclusion of sessions at our annual meeting that promote student professional development. In the next several issues of the In Vitro Report we will include testimonials from students who have benefited from the student initiatives. Please remember that these student initiatives are possible due to the generous financial support of our membership. If you would like to help support the professional development of our student members, please use the following link to make a donation. Sachiko Yamasaki, 2011 SIVB Student Travel Award Winner I have received a valuable experience by participating in SIVB. Attending the meeting was a valuable experience, and I benefited from talking with scientists both in my specific area of research and also in other areas of research. It was a valuable experience for me to...

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Journal Highlight

In This Issue – 49.3 President’s Report 2015 In Vitro Biology Meeting Update Acknowledgement of Supporters Delia Bethell Lifetime Achievement Award Zeng-Yu Wang Distinguished Scientist Award Student Awards IVACS Student and Post-Doctoral Oral Presentation Competition ISEF High School Science Fair Awards Journal Highlights Membership Matters Member Profile – Ian Curtis Member News New Members In vitro mycorrhization of banana (Musa acuminata) plantlets improves their growth during acclimatization Banana is amongst the world’s most widely micropropagated plant species. For instance, it is estimated that the production capacity of tissue culture companies in India, the largest world banana producer, is nearly 200 million plants per annum. The in vitro micropropagation of bananas presents several advantages, including high multiplication rate, relatively small space requirement, season-independence, and freedom from pests and diseases. In addition, the plantlets are uniform and represent a good planting material for the establishment of new growing areas or replacement of old plantations. However, the plants are also free from beneficial root inhabitants (e.g. endophytes and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF)). These organisms may help plants fend off disease, stimulate growth, crowd out space that would be taken up by pathogens, promote resistance to drought, or influence crop yield by more efficient acquisition of nutrients. Thus, the development of technologies favoring the early colonization of roots by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) may represent an added-value method in plant micropropagation. This paper...

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  • New Members

    New Members SIVB Welcomes New Members in 2019 Janetsy Borroto, Florida Crystals Corp Della Fetzer, Walter Gardens, LLC Terrence Frett, Sun World Innovations Jeff Habig, J. R. Simplot Company Brian M. Hauge, ...
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