Happy Year of the, um...

So is it the Year of the Rat? Or the Year of the Oat? How about both?

First, I would like to say Happy Year of the Rat to those of you celebrating Lunar New Year, which is this Saturday, January 25th. Saturday is also Burns Night for those of us with a Scottish background, so be sure to raise a glass to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns and indulge in some haggis or cranachan, both of which are made with oats.

Upcoming events

There are many oat-related events coming up in 2020! The calendar has just been updated to include two Practical Farmers of Iowa meetings, the Saaten Union Oat Convention in Braunschweig, Germany, the NAMA Spring Conference in Florida, and a plant and animal breeding course being offered by the University of Edinburgh, SRUC, and CGIAR in Edinburgh, Scotland. Please check the bottom of the home page and the rest of the calendar to see all of the events listed and take note of upcoming deadlines. The deadline for registering for the Saaten Union event, for example, is December 16th!

New post-doc opportunity at USDA-ARS in Aberdeen, ID

We have word from Kathy Klos that a new post-doc position is available at USDA-ARS in Aberdeen, ID! They are looking for someone to study crown rust resistance in oat and Fusarium head blight resistance in barley. This is an ORAU/ORISE post-doctoral fellowship open to recent PhDs who may be non-US citizens under circumstances described in the posting.

The link is here: https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/USDA-ARS-2019-0160.


A little light summer reading

This update of the Newsletter brings you three new pages to peruse: "Nomenclature", "Germplasm", and "Pathology". They were created to make relevant tools and information easier to find, and to reflect the existence of the AOW/IOC Nomenclature and Germplasm Committees, as well as the Oat Rust Initiative. Each page is still very much a work in progress, and much more information will be added.


Unfortunately, this update brings a double dose of sad news. First, Harold Marshall passed away on April 27th, 2019. Harold was the oat breeder at Pennsylvania State U. for many years, and continued to develop new oat lines at his farm after retirement. Then, Marty Carson passed away on May 9th. Marty was a plant pathologist, and did much work on crown rust during his tenure as Research Leader at the USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory in St. Paul, MN.

The 3 R’s: Recognition, Rust, and Research

I left off in January by mentioning some of Vern Burrows’ work. Well, in the past year, Vern has been recognized for his work three more times! Most recently, he was promoted within the Order of Canada. You can read about these recent awards in the “Hall of Fame” section under “Other Awards and Accolades”, or go directly here.