ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The American Seed Trade Association's FuSE Committee has partnered with BioDiagnostics Inc. to offer the first educational unit of the year to early career professionals in the seed industry on April 21 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in River Falls, Wis.

These educational units are one-day events hosted by ASTA member companies and sponsored by FuSE (Future Seed Executives). A typical event will showcase the host company's business and operations and is followed by a case-study presented by a local university. The educational units complement programs offered by the ASTA Management Academy and are designed as regional opportunities to expand learning, promote networking and improve general understanding of the seed industry.

The April 21 educational unit is hosted by BioDiagnostics Inc. and will consist of topics including seed viability, vigor and purity, trait purity, genetic purity, molecular breeding and improving genetic gain. Participants also will have the opportunity to tour the BioDiagnostics laboratory.

BioDiagnostics, Inc. provides a full line of genetic purity testing and standard seed testing services. Registered genetic and seed technologists evaluate samples with the most precise protocols and high through-put equipment for timely and accurate results. Testing services include:

  • Herbicide bioassays
  • ELISA-based Bt trait purity testing
  • Isozyme electrophoresis and iso-electric focused testing for inbred and hybrid purity
  • Chemical analysis to confirm that chemicals meet threshold requirements
  • Fatty acid profiling (FAME) to provide information about specific oil content
  • DNA-based tests for molecular breeding services
  • Transgenic presence analysis

BioDiagnostics is ISO 9001:2008 Certified and the first USDA accredited seed laboratory.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Rex Bernardo, professor and endowed chair on corn breeding and genetics at the University of Minnesota.  BioDiagnostics speakers include: Quentin Schultz, owner and president; Craig Nelson; vice president; Denise Thiede, vice president; Benjamin Kaufman, manager of DNA Lab; DaNell Jamieson, supervisor II- Standard Seed Lab; and Venkatramana Pegadarju, research and development scientist, DNA Technologies.

Their experience and knowledge of the field will make for a lively discussion for participants.

The morning session will be held at the Best Western Hotel and the afternoon session will at be held at the BioDiagnostics facility. Program and registration information are available on the ASTA Web site at  Registration is $100 for ASTA members and $150 for non-members.

For questions and additional information, please contact Anna Burks, ASTA FuSE program liaison, or 703-837-8140.

SOURCE: American Seed Trade Association.