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Soybean Cyst Nem 

December 13-15, 2016
The Westin Colonnade, Coral Gables, Florida

Join academia and industry scientists, graduate students, crop advisors and the leaders of grower groups for the latest developments.

Tuesday – December 13, 2016

Pre-conference Field Trip 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - Join us for an enlightening tour of the University of Florida’s Tropical Research & Education Center where you’ll have an opportunity to learn about the agriculture industry in south FL and the exciting research that’s currently underway.  The 160 acre facility houses faculty conducting research on tropical fruit, vegetables, ornamentals, diseases caused by nematodes and biofuel crops.  Participants will have the opportunity to interact with entomologists, horticulturists and plant pathologists to learn more about current and emerging challenges facing agriculture in south Florida.  Then we’ll head off to lunch in a lush tropical garden setting and visit one of south Florida’s oldest and most prestigious orchid nurseries.  Following lunch we’ll tour the everglades alligator farm which is home to over 2,000 alligators, diverse wildlife and the ​best airboat rides in south Florida.  The drive back will go through a major agricultural area showcasing tropical foliage, tropical fruit and winter vegetable production.  There will be a quick stop at popular fruit stand specializing in exotic fruit, local vegetables and delicious fresh fruit milkshakes to enjoy on the ride back. 

6:00 p. m. Welcome Reception -  catch up with your colleagues at a pool-side welcome reception before you explore the scores of dining options in the historic ‘Miracle Mile’ of Coral Gables.  

Wednesday – December 14, 2016

8:00 - 9:30 a.m. 
Opening and Plenary Session:
Soybean Cyst Nematode: Current Status, Challenges and Opportunities
Presenter: Gregory Tylka, Professor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Plenary Session:
Future Challenges in Breeding for Resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematode
Presenter:  J. Grover Shannon, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, Portageville, MO

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Session I: HOSTS

9:30 a.m. Copy number variation mediated resistance to nematode
Presenter: Tong Geon Lee, University of Florida

9:45 a.m. Role of Rhg4-encoded serine hydroxymethyltransferase in resistance to SCN
Presenter: Pramod Kandoth, Division of Plant Sciences and Bond Life Sciences Center, University of  Missouri
           10:00 a.m. BREAK

10:15 a.m. The GmSNAP18 is the Peking-type rhg1-a gene for resistance to soybean cyst nematode
Presenter: Khalid Meksem, Department of Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems, Southern Illinois University

10:30 a.m. Stacking alleles from multiple sources to increase broad-spectrum genetic resistance to highly virulent soybean cyst nematode isolates
Presenter: Lillian Brzostowski, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

10:45 a.m. Molecular breeding and novel QTL discovery for soybean cyst nematode resistance
Presenter: Zenglu Li, University of Georgia

11:00 a.m. The confrontation: Soybean cyst nematode and common bean
Presenter: Berlin Nelson Jr, North Dakota State University

11:15 a.m. Expression of a receptor-like protein enhances resistance of soybean to multiple pathogen and pests including soybean cyst nematodes
Presenter: Madan K. Bhattacharyya, Iowa State University
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Poster Session: interactive poster session on all topics related to SCN.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Plenary Session:
The Nematode is Talking, But are We Listening?
Presenter:  Melissa Goellner Mitchum, Professor, Division of Plant Sciences and Bond Life Sciences Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Plenary Session:
Genomic Resources for the Soybean Cyst Nematode
Presenter: Thomas Baum, Professor and Chair, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Session II: Pathogens

2:30 p.m. TBD

2:45 p.m. Characterizing virulence phenotypes of soybean cyst nematode
(Heterodera  glycines) in infested fields of North Dakota
Presenter: Intiaz Chowdhury, North Dakota State University
3:00 p.m. BREAK

3:15 p.m. Struggling to understand soybean cyst nematode HG types? Are you lactose intolerant??
Presenter: Gregory Tylka, Iowa State University

3:30 p.m. The loss of virulence genes may aid the soyben cyst nematode in parasitizing resistant soybean
Presenter: Kris Lambert, University of Illinois

3:45 p.m. Molecular characterization and functional analysis of the ran binding protein Genes  from soybean cyst nematodes Heterodra glycines
Presenter: Deliang Peng, State Key Laboratory for Biology of Plant Diseases and Insect Pests,  Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

4:00 p.m. Incidence and titer of viral infections within soybean cyst nematode culture collections and Field Populations
Presenter: Casey Ruark, North Carolina State University

4:15 p.m. SCN embryogenesis is not affected by hatching stimulants
Presenter: Nathan Schroeder, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Evening Reception

Thursday – December 15, 2016

Plenary Session:
SCN Resistance Management: A Farm Perspective
Presenter: George Bird, Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Session III: Management

8:30 a.m. Grower perceptions of SCN: the 1990s versus 2015
Presenter: Kaitlyn Bissonnette, Iowa State University

9:00 a.m. Nematicide seed treatments alter Heterodera glycines development within roots
Presenter: Jared Jensen, Iowa State University

9:15 a.m. New tools for evaluating the efficacy and mode of action of seed applied nematicides
Presenter: Breann Bender, Bayer

9:30 a.m. Enhancing performance of PI88788 with clariva complete beans
Presenter: Dale Ireland, Syngenta Crop Protection

9:45 a.m. BREAK

10:15 a.m. Introduction of Aveo EZ, a new and novel seed treatment for management of  soybean cyst nematode
Presenter: Scott Halley, Valent USA
10:30 a.m. Evaluation of cover crops for hosts and population reduction of soybean cyst  nematode
Presenter: Krishna Acharya, North Dakota State University

10:45 a.m. Reproduction of three Heterodera glycines types on commercial cultivars with  PI88788 as the source of resistance genes under greenhouse conditions
Presenter: Emmanuel Byamukama, South Dakota State University
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Conference Closing Session:
The Challenges of SCN: Considering the Past and the Present in Charting a Collaborative Course for the Future
Presenter: Ed Anderson, Sr. Director of Research and Executive Director, Iowa Soybean Association and North Central Soybean Research Program, Ankeny, IA

Adjourn: 12:00 p.m.


Abstract Submissions have now closed.

Submitters will be notified by the committee by November 2, 2016 of acceptance as a talk or poster.

Click on the links below to register for the 2016 Soybean Cyst Nematode Conference and to secure your housing.  Space is limited so register early.

Registration fee includes two receptions, two breakfasts, one lunch and refreshment breaks.

Advanced Registration – (available through October 28):                       $200   Professional

                                                                                                                    $150   Student

Regular registration and on-site registration:                                        $240   Professional

                                                                                                                    $190   Student

Optional Field Trip on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 to the University of Florida
Tropical REC and Everglades (includes transportation and lunch)            $85 (Max capacity: 50)


Online Registration has now closed.




Cancellations/Refunds: Payment is due with registration. Cancellations must be made in writing and received no later than November 15, 2016 and are subject to a $50 processing fee. Cancellations after November 15, 2016, are not subject to a refund. 


SCN Conference reserves the right to cancel this conference, and if so, will fully refund the registration fee, however SCN Conference is not liable for any refunds associated with travel or other expenses. By registering for this meeting, you agree to the cancellation and refund policies and conditions.

2016 Soybean Cyst Nematode Conference will take place at the Westin Colonnade, Coral Gables (Miami), FL, ideally located in the heart of the city’s business district on the Miracle Mile.  The hotel is located within walking distance of many popular shopping and dining options.

Please note when planning travel: The conference program begins on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. with a networking reception and adjourns on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables
180 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida 33134

Discounted Conference Rates:
$169 single/double per standard room, plus 13% tax (subject to change)
$189 triple per standard room, plus 13% tax (subject to change)
$209 quadruple per standard room, plus 13% tax (subject to change)
Room rate is available 2 days before through 2 days after the meeting, based on availability.
Room rate includes complimentary internet in guest rooms.

Reserve your room by Friday, November 18, 2016 to take advantage of the discounted rate.  After this date the discounted group rate is based on availability.

Reserve room by phone:
Dial the Westin directly at 1-866-837-4251
Please reference the “2016 Soybean Cyst Nematode Meeting”

Reserve room online:
2016 Soybean Cyst Nematode Mtg

Area Airport
Miami International Airport (MIA)
The hotel is approximately 10 minutes from the airport by car. Yellow Taxi’s offer rides to/from the Westin for a flat fee of $17 in cash or $19 with credit card payment.

For sponsorship opportunities contact at Sam Markell.


For general questions regarding the conference, registration or hotel reservations contact by email.