Sleepless in Cincinnati: ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Meeting

Posted: October 28, 2012

Several members of the Roots Lab presented research and attended dozens of talks at the annual ASA-CSSA-SSSA international meeting in Cincinnati, OH from October 21-24, 2012.
Roots lab members at the Ohio River in Cincinnati, OH

Roots lab members at the Ohio River in Cincinnati, OH

The ASA-CSSA-SSSA international meeting is one of the most important agricultural science meetings in the world. Thousands of crop, soil, and agronomy scientists converge upon major US cities in order to present their research and learn together. This year Jonathan Lynch, Kathleen Brown, Eric Nord, Larry York, Patompong "Khwan" Saengwilai, Jim Burridge, Claire Kirt, Phanchita "Nan" Vejchasarn, Harini Rangarajan, Joseph Chimingu, and Tania Galindo represented Penn State with oral and poster presentations.

Lab with Epstein 2012 meeting

Jim Burridge, Harini Rangarajan, Claire Kirt, Eric Nord, Emanuel Epstein, Larry York, Patompong "Khwan" Saengwilai, Jonathan Lynch, and Phanchita "Nan" Vejchasarn (left to right) showing three generations of scientific family

An especially joyful occasion was meeting one of Jonathan Lynch's PhD mentors from the University of California, Davis. Emanuel "Manny" Epstein is an inspiration to the entire Roots Lab. At 96 years of age, he was the oldest scientist in attendance of the meetings, and is still very much active in his research program. Dr. Epstein presented exciting results demonstrating that silicon is indeed a quasi-essential plant nutrient. He proves that elderly scientists have much to contribute to the world and to younger scientists.

Lab members found several statistics seminars covering spatial analysis, multiple sites and years analysis using mixed effects modeling, and multivariate analysis to be important for the design and analysis of their experiments. The meeting offered a unique opportunity to hear about the latest research in root biology and other related fields, such as the metagenomics of soil microorganisms. Of course, presenting the lab's own work and receiving feedback from top scientists will aid the lab tremendously.

Larry 2012 ASA meeting

Larry York presented his work "Nodal root growth angle and number influence nitrogen acquisition in maize (Zea mays)"

Eric present Joseph's 2012 ASA meeting

Eric Nord presented a poster displaying the work of Joseph Chimungu, titled "Utility of cortical cell size and number of cortical cell files in maize under water limited conditions"

Nan 2012 ASA meeting

Nan Vejchasarn (behind) presented her work "Association Mapping of Root Hair Traits in Rice (Oryza sativa)"

Claire 2012 ASA meeting

Claire Kirt presented her work "Impact of the parental moisture environment on root traits in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)"

Harini 2012 ASA meeting

Harini Rangarajan presented her work "Utility of Basal Root Whorl Number for Phosphorus Acquisition in Common Bean"

Kutu Jim Khwan Larry 2012 ASA meeting

Jim Burridge, Larry York, Dr. Funso Kutu, and Patompong "Khwan" Saengwilai met previously in South Africa but found the world smaller after the meeting


--News written and posted by Larry York