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Project Updates:

24th – 27th April 2017 : Third annual meeting of the BMGF Capturing Heterosis Project will be held in Cancun Mexico.

24th – 26th April 2016 : Second annual meeting of the project collaboration was successfully held in San Francisco, USA.

November 2015 : Submitted the first annual report to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and received a positive response.

29th – 30th April 2015 : First annual meeting of the project collaboration was successfully held in Adelaide, Australia.

3rd March 2015 : The Capturing Heterosis project collaborative portal was launched. The portal will serve as a online platform for project management, data sharing and scientific interaction between the collaborating research members of the project.

3rd March 2015 : Nature Plants News Article.  “Gates foundation backs high-risk science for big wins”. Agricultural research is experiencing a resurgence. The Gates Foundation is leading the charge in the hopes of solving food security in the developing world. Article Link.

In the Media:

Bill and Melinda Gates Annual Letter.

25 January 2015. Article Link. Bill and Melinda Gates published their Annual Letter today on http://www.gatesletter.com.

The letter is focused on one big bet: that the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history for the next 15 years. To make this bet a reality, they have envisioned a series of necessary breakthroughs in health, farming, banking and education. Their prediction for farming is that Africa will feed itself in a generation.

“Bill Gates grant to help African farmers”. Farming Ahead Online. 08 October 2014. Link

“Sexless union to bear fruit”. Get farming Australia. 07 October 2014. Link

“Bill Gates Has Given Australia’s CSIRO $14.5 Million To Improve Crops In Africa”. Business Insider Australia. 1 October 2014. Link

“$14.5m opens the gates to help in hunger fight”. Adelaide Advertiser, 1 October 2014.

“Helping African agriculture”. InkWire (Curtin University). 1 October 2014. Link

“A sexless union to bear great fruit”. CSIRO Media Release. 1 October 2014. Link. Background information.

Publications and Presentations:

Observations of reproductive development in cowpea (December 2015) “New observations on gametogenic development and reproductive experimental tools to support seed yield improvement in cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.]” A detailed analysis of reproductive development in cowpea was published in Plant Reproduction. DOI: 10.1007/s00497-015-0273-3

Nature Plants News Article (March 2015) “Gates foundation backs high-risk science for big wins”. Agricultural research is experiencing a resurgence. The Gates Foundation is leading the charge in the hopes of solving food security in the developing world. Article Link.

24th International Congress Sexual Plant Production March 18, 2016:  Anna Koltunow presented “Control of Apomixis Species: A Focus on Initiation”

Missouri Interdisciplinary Plant Group Meeting May 25, 2016:  Anna Koltunow presented a lecture titled “Heterosis working towards a Genetic Development and Physiological Basis”

Characterization of the centromere specific histone variant CENH3 in cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L.) and sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.) August 12, 2016:  Thesis, Maximillian Vogt, IPK Lab

Biosketch – Preserving complex plant traits via asexual seed formation Sept 22, 2016 : Anna Koltunow presented to Keygene, Netherlands

Development and Observation of Mature Megagametophyte Cell-specific fluorescent markers (October 14, 2016) : Mark Chamerlin, Shai Lawit – Manuscript under approval

Haploid embryo production in rice and maize induced by PsASGR-BBML transgenes (November 2016) :  Joann Connor, Maricel Podio, Peggy Ozias-Akins.  Manuscript not yet published