[PCA] SAVE THE DATE: Plant Conservation Alliance e-Meeting, May 12 , 2021, 2-4pm ET, with invited speakers Dr. Stephanie Greene and Dr. Brian Irish of USDA-ARS

Park, Margaret E margaret_park at fws.gov
Thu Apr 15 14:49:35 CDT 2021

Please save the date for our third Plant Conservation Alliance general meeting for the year 2021 -- held remotely and open to all -- on Wednesday, May 12, 2020, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. Join us in welcoming U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists, Dr. Brian Irish and Dr. Stephanie Greene, who will discuss “The Agricultural Research Service's role in native plant germplasm conservation.”


About our Speakers:

Dr. Brian M. Irish is a Geneticist/Curator and Lead Scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) Plant Germplasm Introduction and Testing Research Unit co-located at Washington State University’s Irrigated Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Prosser, WA. The project he leads is responsible for the acquisition, maintenance, disease-free propagation and regeneration, characterization, evaluation, and distribution of the close to 13,000 accessions within the temperate-adapted forage legume (TFL) germplasm collection. The TFL genetic resources collections include large numbers of alfalfa, clover, trefoil accessions and their wild relatives. For the past two and a half years he also has led an interagency project with the Bureau of Land Management on the long-term conservation of U.S. native plants used for restoration and agricultural purposes. Dr. Irish spent the first 11 years of his ARS career at the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station in Mayaguez, PR where he managed clonally propagated agriculturally important tropical genetic resources as a Horticulturist/Curator and Lead Scientist. Dr. Irish obtained a B.S. in Horticulture, a M.S. in Plant Pathology, and a Ph.D. in Plant Science from the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Stephanie Greene is a Supervisory Plant Physiologist with the USDA ARS, located at the National Laboratory for Genetic Resource Preservation (NLGRP), at Fort Collins, Colorado. NLGRP provides secure backup storage of the USDA National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) collection, and other seed collections from around the world, making it one of the largest seed repositories in the world.  Dr. Greene serves as the seed curator and is responsible for seed receiving, processing, packaging, storage, and distribution, carried out by a talented staff of biological science technicians and computer specialists. Dr. Greene’s research has focused on the conservation of crop wild relative species native to the United States. She has also managed the long-term preservation of Seeds of Success germplasm. Dr. Greene has worked in the NPGS since 1992, and curated the temperate forage legume collection until 2014, when she transferred to Fort Collins. Dr. Greene was educated as a plant breeder, receiving her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Idaho, and her Ph.D. from Kansas State University.


RSVP by Friday, May 7 to margaret_park at fws.gov

The meeting login details will be shared with all respondents via calendar invite and email by Tuesday, May 11.

This meeting will be hosted using Microsoft Teams. You will be able to join the meeting from the web or via the Microsoft Teams app<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fteams.microsoft.com%2Fdownloads&data=04%7C01%7Cmargaret_park%40fws.gov%7C512246a2cf2a479cc3b108d9003a309e%7C0693b5ba4b184d7b9341f32f400a5494%7C0%7C0%7C637541072187220612%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=GZcsede0l4e8Q0zHgX%2BWd%2BMjd8M34JE0GPceGgd1Os4%3D&reserved=0>.

***More information about the presentation will be is available on our PCA Meetings page<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.plantconservationalliance.org%2Fmeetings&data=04%7C01%7Cmargaret_park%40fws.gov%7C512246a2cf2a479cc3b108d9003a309e%7C0693b5ba4b184d7b9341f32f400a5494%7C0%7C0%7C637541072187225584%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=gY6m2zvYjpbZgaaXBC6AIoKvIAyLiGnYiidqC5YA5bM%3D&reserved=0>.***

The PCA general meetings are open to everyone and follow this format:

>Updates on PCA Activities - learn about and get engaged in the Plant Conservation Alliance

>Invited Speaker – a topical presentation to explore any of the six focal areas identified in the PCA National Framework for Progress<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.blm.gov%2Fsites%2Fblm.gov%2Ffiles%2Fprograms_natural-resources_native-plant-communities_national-seed-strategy_pca_Framework_6.11.2020.pdf&data=04%7C01%7Cmargaret_park%40fws.gov%7C512246a2cf2a479cc3b108d9003a309e%7C0693b5ba4b184d7b9341f32f400a5494%7C0%7C0%7C637541072187230570%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=CigXge4DLppI%2BAUpYMt3P5cSPRUCxL8pFzpdHN5X6NQ%3D&reserved=0>: collaborative conservation; education; restoration; research and development; sustainability; and information sharing

>Native Plants Roundtable - all participants are encouraged to share information on national native plant events and activities

— This meeting is brought to you by the Plant Conservation Alliance Speaker Organizing Team— Gary Krupnick (Smithsonian Institution) / Anne Frances (NatureServe) / Ray Mims (U.S. Botanic Garden) / Krissa Skogen (Chicago Botanic Garden) / Michelle Turton (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) / Maggie Park (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
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