Corn Research: NAMA’s corn division members met in May at the Corn Dry Milling Conference to discuss recommendations for a corn division research project. Dr. Steven Taylor, head of the Food Allergy Research & Resource Program at the University of Nebraska, met with NAMA corn members to discuss a project for a study on the levels of soy residues in corn. Dr. Taylor submitted a draft proposal that has been circulated to some of the corn technical members for revisions. NAMA and several members will coordinate a conference call with Dr. Taylor to discuss the process for providing samples and other components of the study. Upon receiving a final proposal with a budget, the NAMA Corn Division will review and request funds from the Executive Committee.
Soft Wheat Research: Dr. Byung-Kee Baik has taken the position of lead scientist at USDA’s ARS Soft Wheat Quality Lab in Wooster, Ohio. Dr. Baik received his B.S. and M.S. in Agronomy from Korea University, and his Ph.D. in Food Science from Washington State University (WSU). Dr. Baik directed the WSU wheat quality program where he evaluated end-use quality of breeding lines and contributed to the release of seven wheat varieties from WSU’s winter and spring wheat breeding programs. Dr. Baik joined the team at Wooster in February. In September, Dr. Baik invited Sherri Lehman, NAMA, to serve on the Soft Wheat Quality Laboratory Stakeholder Committee. The SWQL has initiated several research projects aimed to be more efficient and reliable in evaluation of wheat quality. In addition, the SWQL is in the process of hiring a post-doc to fill the vacant 2nd scientist position. The date for the Annual Research Review is tentatively set for March 19, 2014.
Oat Research: The CORE program has accomplished its primary objectives of developing a “tool box” of molecular techniques to assist oat breeders. NAMA sponsored a CORE meeting in Ottawa in March to identify a path forward for the oat community. Two “small gaps,” critical to the development and implementation of a long term NAMA/CORE strategy were identified and shared with the NAMA Oat Division members in a series of conference calls and meetings. The two gaps, 1) need for a more robust oat genome map, and 2) breeder involvement in the new oat consensus map, are being addressed and funded by the NAMA oat members. Action on gap 1 has been completed resulting in a greatly enhanced set of markers for breeders to work with. We anticipate work on gap 2 will begin in October 2013.
Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus: NAMA is in year two of our three-year commitment to fund continued BYDV evaluations through Fred Kolb with the University of Illinois. A report on the 2013 BYDV evaluations is available on the NAMA website.
Last update September 24, 2013