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2014 News

November 20, 2014
Dr. Xu is leaving back to China. A farewell party was held in Wang’s lab to wish him all the best of his career in China.

November 11-15, 2014
Yu-Chien, Ze, James and Dr. Wang attended the 7th International Conference on Advances in Arachis through Genomics & Biotechnology (AAGB) ( at GA. Yu-Chien and Ze gave a poster presentation and Dr. Wang gave an oral presentation in the meeting.

October 29-30, 2014
Liping, Ze, Yu-Chien, and Jian, each of them presented a poster in Florida Genetics 2014 symposium. Gainesville, Florida.


October 21, 2014
Congratulations to Drs. Spurthi Nayak, Jian Song, Andea Villa, Xiping Yang and other co-authors for their paper “Promoting utilization of Saccharum spp. genetic resources though genetic diversity analysis and core collection construction”  published in Plos One! Hard work is rewarded!


September 9-12, 2014
Dr. Wang was invited to attend the 9th International Conference on Genomics at Shengzhen, China. She participated in the pearl millet genome sequencing consortium workshop, which is for the updates of an international collaborative project funded by the Bill and Milinda Gates Foundation.

August 21, 2014
Welcome James Maku and Dev Paudel joining our lab as Ph. D. students in the Department of Agronomy. James obtained his M.S. degree from Nottingham Trent University, UK in 2013. He decided to work on the peanut nodulation project for his dissertation research. Dev obtained his M.S. degree with crop science major from Texas Tech University in 2012. Dev will work on a project regarding dissecting the genetic components underlying flowering time and biomass in elephant grass. Hope they will enjoy their important academic journey in Wang’s lab and be productive and successful!

August 18, 2014
Drs. Tan and Liu completed their one year visit in Wang’s lab and are leaving back to China. They have been working very hard and efficiently in Wang’s lab and contributed remarkably to the initiation of the peanut nodulation project. Alex is also leaving us to St Louis. He was admitted to a graduate program in Washington University. We had a farewell party for them to appreciate their significant contribution to our research program.

August 10, 2014
Congratulations to Ze for obtaining his M.S. degree. Ze successfully passed his thesis defense on May 5th, 2014. Now he has been through the official M.S. degree commencement. Ze is Dr. Wang’s first graduate student to graduate.  This is a big achievement for both Ze and Dr. Wang. Ze will continue as a Ph. D. student in Wang’s lab. His research will focus on genetic mapping and characterization of peanut nodulating genes.

July 13-19, 2014
Dr. Wang was invited to give a talk “Mining Genetic Diversity in Sugarcane” at the International Symposium on Biodiversity Conservation for Food Security and Rural Development, Kunming, Yunnan, China.

July 6-11, 2014
Dr. Wang attended the 7th International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics at Saskatoon, Canada. She presented some results of peanut nodulation project in a poster with the title “Towards dissecting the genetic components of peanut nodulation” by Tan et al.

July 10, 2014

Award: Yu-Chien was awarded the Joe Sugg Award for first position in paper presentation during the American Peanut Research and Education Society Annual Meeting. Congrats Yu-Chien!

July 8-10 2014
Yu-Chien and Yih-feng attended the 2014 American Peanut Research and Education Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. Yih-feng gave a poster presentation “A direct organogenesis system for Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.).” in the meeting. Yu-Chien gave an oral presentation entitled “Identifying SSR Markers Linked to TSWV Resistance in Peanut Cultivar, Florida-EPTM‘113’ ”. Her talk won the first place of student presentation competition. That was a huge achievement to Yu-Chien. Congratulations, Yu-Chien!


June 16-20, 2014
Dr. Song went to NSF-funded Bioinformatics Workshop, at J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, MD to get trained on the basic bioinformatic tools and NGS sequence analysis programs. The workshop hand out was uploaded in our lab share drive.

June 18-20, 2014
Xiping’s abstract entitled “Developing a reference genomic map and identifying the markers linked to sugarcane orange rust resistance genes” was selected as an oral presentation in American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists 44th Joint Annual Meeting at Bonita Springs. FL. His talk received very positive feedback from the audience. Xiping also presented a poster entitled “Characterizing and utilizing Saccharum spp genetic resources” by Song et al.

May9-10, 2014
Yih-Feng gave a talk on “An Efficient Cotyledonary Node-based Organogenesis System for Agrobacterium-mediated Transformation of Peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.)” during the PMCB workshop at Daytona Beach, FL.


January 9-14, 2014
Dr. Wang was invited to give a talk in PAG meeting with a presentation titled “Genetic diversity and genomic complexity in sugarcane.” She also presented Daniel’s project progress in a poster “Developing a reference genomic map and identifying the markers linked to sugarcane orange rust resistance genes” by Yang X., N. Glynn, J. Comstock, J. Wang.

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