About the Oat Newsletter

The first issue of the Oat Newsletter was published in 1950 by the National Oat Conference. Its purpose was to supplement the Uniform Nursery reports by providing short research updates, meeting information, community information, and reports from oat research stations concerning yields, disease outbreaks, etc.. This expanded over the years, with increasing numbers and types of contributions, many coming from outside the Americas. The conference name was changed to the American Oat Workers Conference at the meeting in 1974 and a separate International Oat Conference was established in 1982.   Three basic types of information are included in the Newsletter:

  • The minutes and proceedings of the American Oat Workers Conferences (held every four years), as well as other meetings,
  • Short articles presenting research updates or announcements of new varieties or technologies,
  • Announcements from the community concerning its members.

The current version of the Oat Newsletter and the accompanying webpages are hosted by the USDA ARS GrainGenes website, and connected through the Oat Global portal.   The Oat Newsletter works closely with the Oat Global effort, as described in the OG Manifesto document. The current Editorial Board is made up of the following members:

  • Charlene Wight (AAFC, Canada) – Editor
  • Gerard Lazo (USDA-ARS, USA)
  • Gabe Gusmini (PepsiCo, Inc., USA)
  • Catherine Howarth (IBERS, UK)
  • Jean-Luc Jannink (Cornell University/USDA-ARS, USA)
  • Shea Miller (AAFC, Canada)
  • Marcelo Pacheco (UFRGS, Brazil)
  • Nick Tinker (AAFC, Canada)
  • Zongwen Zhang (CAAS, China)
  • Pamela Zwer (SARDI, Australia)