Some holiday cheer…

Oat Newsletter editor Charlene Wight holds a carton of "Oat Nog" and a mug that says "Warm Wishes"


Well, look what I found at my local grocery store in Ottawa, Canada – Oat Nog! It’s pretty good, too, with lots of nutmeg. (Look up "Egg Nog", if you're not familiar with the traditional Christmas drink.) Here in Ottawa the chances are quite high that we’ll have a white Christmas with a fair amount of snow this year, but I’m sure the experience in Perth, Australia, will be quite different....

Interested in working on oat quality?

The USDA-ARS in Fargo, ND, is hiring a Food Technologist/Research Chemist to study oat quality. The announcement can be viewed here. Please note that this position is only open to US citizens and nationals. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 3rd. That may be extended for an additional two weeks if there are not enough qualified candidates.

There is a new Research Leader for the Cereal Crops Research Unit at USDA-ARS in Fargo.  Please welcome Dr. Rajeev Gupta to our community! .

PhD scholarship opportunity in Ireland

Atik Rahman has a PhD scholarship opportunity with his oat research team at Teagasc, in Carlow, Ireland.  The project title is "Identifying and quantifying limitations to oat yield under Irish conditions (QUIC Oats)".  More details can be found here.

Please share this information widely!  The deadline to apply is November 5th.

Speaking of “Speaking of Oats…”

The next "Speaking of Oats..." webinar will be on October 21st at 11:00 am EDT. Axel Diederichsen (Plant Gene Resources of Canada, AAFC) will be speaking to us about "The impact of global changes on oat conservation and exchange at Plant Gene Resources of Canada". This presentation will include information about legal requirements set out in what is commonly known as the Plant Treaty (ITPGRFA, the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture).

It was "mentor" be...

Everyone could use a good mentor, and an effort is now underway to provide support to young plant breeders everywhere. Linc Thomas, who works with the Borlaug Training Foundation, is writing a book tentatively called “Letters to a Young Plant Breeder” and is seeking help from those of you who are well-established in your plant breeding careers. More details about this project are in the "Community News" section.

“Speaking of Oats…” is back!

The “Speaking of Oats…” (SOO) webinar series returns this month. Join us on Thursday, September 16th, at 11:00 am Eastern time (EDT - Canada/USA) to hear from Shahryar Kianian and Oluseyi Fajolu (both USDA-ARS), and Eric Nazareno (University of Minnesota). They will talk to us about “Oat Crown Rust: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.