On September 16-17, Basil Nikolau hosted the annual meeting of the USDA-funded Multistate Project, LIPIDS of Crops. This group of 20 scientists is studying lipid-related metabolism and traits relevant for crop improvement.
The multistate effort provides a framework to enhance collaboration and sharing of resources, expertise, and instrumentation to accelerate progress among the high concentration of plant lipid researchers in the North Central Region. Its goal is to improve and extend methods for lipid characterization and measurement, identify and characterize lipid-related metabolism and traits relevant for crop improvement, and develop crops with improved yield and/or functionality.
The North Central Regional group is one of the multistate research projects that the USDA manages through the Multistate Research and Activities program supported via the State Agricultural Experiment Stations (SAES) from the Hatch Multistate Research Fund (MRF) provided by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Participants in the weekend workshop included Doug Allen (USDA); Edgar Cahoon and Tom Clemente (University of Nebraska, Lincoln); Ernie Minton, Timothy Durrett, Kathrin Schrick and Ruth Welti (Kansas State), Susanne Hoffman-Benning (Michigan State); Abe Koo, Jay Thelen and Sam Wang (U of Missouri); Om Parkash Dhankher (U of Massachusetts); Sruthi Kutty (Clemson); and Tong Wang, Eve Wurtele and Basil Nikolau (ISU).
The meeting was held at Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.
Back row, L to R: Tong (Toni) Wang, Jay Thelen, Ed Cahoon, Om Parkash, Tim Durrett, Abe Koo, Xuemin (Sam) Wang, Doug Allen
Front row, L to R: Basil Nikolau, Tom Clemente, Eve Wurtele, Kathrin Schrick, Susanne Hoffman-Benning
Participating remotely were Ernie Minton, Ruth Welti and Sruthi Kutty.