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Stewards of Our Agricultural Future
June 18, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
USDA/ARS National Program Leader Peter Bretting to Present “Stewards of Our Agricultural Future”
Peter Bretting, PhD., has served as USDA/ARS National Program Leader, Plant Germplasm and Genomes since 1998, and became a Senior National Program Leader in 2004. This position involves co-leadership, coordination, and direction of a national program of crop genetic research conducted at more than 50 locations nationally, with an annual budget of approximately $160 million. He also has served as a USDA representative for the US government delegations for the negotiations of the UN-FAO International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, and the UN-UNEP Convention on Biological Diversity’s Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of the Benefits Arising from their Utilization.
Previous to this position, he served as Research Leader and Coordinator, USDA/ARS, North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station (NCRPIS), and USDA/ARS Collaborator-Associate Professor of Agronomy and Botany, Iowa State University. Prior to joining USDA/ARS, he served as Research Program Director, Indiana Crop Improvement Association, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University.
His areas of research specialization and professional interest include: 1) Administration and management of scientific research, development, and service organizations; 2) Plant genetic resource management, emphasizing statistical genetic and molecular marker approaches to managing germplasm, and developing management systems for information associated with germplasm; 3) Crop genetics, genomics, systematics, and economic botany, with particular emphasis on maize, sunflowers, and new crops. He is the co-editor of one book and a collection of papers, and the author or coauthor of numerous scientific publications. His research has been supported by grants from government, international foundations, and industry. He has served as Associate Editor of two international journals, and on the editorial boards of two others. With three other Iowa State University or USDA/ARS scientists, he taught “Plant Genetic Resource Management,” a graduate level course at Iowa State University during the 1990s.
His Ph. D is from Indiana University, Bloomington, and his post-doctoral research was conducted at North Carolina State University. Thanks to a pre-doctoral fellowship, he studied at the Colegio de Postgraduados en Ciencias Agricolas in Montecillos, Mexico. He received a B. S. (summa cum laude) in Biology and Anthropology from Tulane University, New Orleans.