Month: May 2016

SIVB Member Profile

In This Issue – 50.2 President’s Report Welcome to the 2016 World Congress Things to Know Before You Go To the World Congress 2015 Annual Report Journal Highlights Member Profile Membership Matters Member News New Members In Memoriam Jessica Rupp I am a currently the Extension Row Crop Plant Pathology specialist for potato, sugarbeet, and pulse crops at Montana State University.  Prior to joining the faculty as an assistant professor in September of 2015, I was working on my PhD at Kansas State University with Dr. Harold Trick. My current research program centers on seed potato, sugarbeet, and pulse pathogens.  Just like most Extension specialists, I have an applied field pathology program.  This year, most of the work focuses on attempting to control Rhizoctonia solani.  However, more unusually, the lab is utilizing tissue culture to improve techniques, efficiency, and productivity.  Precision genome editing and RNAi mediated gene silencing are excellent tools to address the challenges that face my crops. While I do not formally teach any classes, I guest lecture over my areas of expertise: Integrated Pest Management and virology.  I also give a variety of talks to growers, commodity groups, garden clubs and other various groups around the state. While the wording “Extension plant pathologist” may seem quite distant from tissue culture, I can say that it is not!  At Montana State, all seed potatoes originate through tissue culture from the Montana State University Seed Potato Certification Program.  There...

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Membership Matters

In This Issue – 50.2 President’s Report Welcome to the 2016 World Congress Things to Know Before You Go To the World Congress 2015 Annual Report Journal Highlights Member Profile Membership Matters Member News New Members In Memoriam 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 click on the “donate now” button to make a donation.. Ahmad Omar When I was a PhD student at University of Florida (Gainesville, FL), I just started my research program at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, Florida in 2002. I heard that there was a big meeting in Orlando about Plant Biotechnology 2002 and Beyond by IAPTCB and SIVB which started in a few days. I really wanted to attend this meeting but it was too late to submit anything.  One of my colleagues told...

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Journal Highlights

In This Issue – 50.2 President’s Report Welcome to the 2016 World Congress Things to Know Before You Go To the World Congress 2015 Annual Report Journal Highlights Member Profile Membership Matters Member News New Members In Memoriam Stability of Adenine-Based Cytokinins Cytokinins have been used in plant tissue culture research and micropropagation for more than 50 years.  However, much of the literature detailing the use of adenine-based cytokinins was contradictory as to whether or not they were heat labile or not.  Our experience with one of the more widely used adenine-based cytokinins in BA (6-Benzylaminopurine) was that it was autoclavable, as we had autoclaved it with media for more than 15 years in our Quality Control laboratory seeing the growth promotion effect all the while. Yet, we were not sure if two of the more high value cytokinins in trans-Zeatin (tZ) and 6-(g,g-Dimethylallylamino)purine (2iP) were heat labile or not.  Much of the recent plant tissue culture literature had stated they were in fact heat labile.  Due to the high cost of these cytokinins, we proceeded cautiously first evaluating the storage of tZ dissolved in aqueous solution at a few different storage temperatures. Initially we used ATR-FTIR (Attenuated Total Reflectance-Fourier Transform Infrared) spectroscopy to examine if any functional groups were changing with time at different temperatures. Unfortunately, the tZ concentrations that were needed to provide enough signal in ATR-FTIR were well above what is typically used in most stock solutions...

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President’s Report

In This Issue – 50.2 President’s Report Welcome to the 2016 World Congress Things to Know Before You Go To the World Congress 2015 Annual Report Journal Highlights Member Profile Membership Matters Member News New Members In Memoriam The two years of my presidency have been exciting.  The SIVB has continued to progress with excellent scientific programs and a host of world renowned speakers.  It is refreshing to see the Society’s members join together in a team effort on the various committees to promote the Society through the scientific programs, fundraising, student initiatives, and addressing issues of importance to the SIVB and its members.  As members and attendees, you have been the beneficiaries with excellent scientific programs, increased student participation, social networking, scientific collaborations, and professional development opportunities.  Our society has served the scientific community well with many of our current and former members excelling in their chosen specialties. The Society now has an approved strategic plan, which is critical for the society to thrive and grow.  The next step, implementation, is now being broadly addressed by various committees.  Over the years, the society has promoted many educational programs that offer training in basic and applied in vitro biology.  We have stressed the importance of the details of good cell culture practices and good laboratory science.  With the increasing interest on reproducibility of scientific data, we can anticipate the Society’s continued emphasis on education and training. Our society, as with...

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