2009 Cotton Breeders' Tour

The 2009 Cotton Breeders' Tour was held the week of July 26th in central and south Texas. Participants came from across the private and public sectors in the United States along with researchers from Australia, Brazil, China, Columbia, India, and Brazil. A session was held in College Station to discuss molecular marker characterization of germplasm in the collection, hear about three databases currently in use in the cotton community, and to discuss the regional project S1036. An afternoon was spent at the Norman Borlaug Center to hear about cotton sequencing efforts and to learn about current Cotton Incorporated sponsored projects involving seed gossypol reduction. Visits also occurred to observe USDA breeding efforts of pecan trees near College Station and citrus trees in Weslaco. The group visited Texas AgriLife Extension and Research Centers in College Station, Corpus Christi, and Harlingen to observe cotton research at those locations. Participants also observed Monsanto, Bayer CropScience, and Dow/Phytogen research and agronomic plots along the route.


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