2016 NAPB Meeting

15-18 August 2016, Raleigh, NC

“Improving Efficiency in Breeding Programs”


Pre-conference Field Tour - Monday, August 15 (Limited to first 168 who register)

Join us to tour three experiment stations and learn about breeding programs working to improve cotton, cucumber, melons, peanuts, soybean, stevia, sweet potato, and tobacco.  Participants will travel by chartered bus from Raleigh to Clayton, Rocky Mount, Kinston, and Clinton.  Lunch will be provided. The experiment station farm tour route can be found here.  


SAS and Cotton Incorporated Tours – Thursday, August 18  (Limited to first 224 who register)

We will tour SAS to learn about the company history and current tools used in plant breeding data analysis.  At Cotton Incorporated we will tour the facility and learn about fiber, yarn, and fabric development and see the latest tools used in the industry.  A box lunch will be provided at the conclusion and attendees will then be taken directly to RDU Airport.


Conference Venue

The 2016 Annual Meeting will be held at the Raleigh Marriott City Center.  Reservations can be made by clicking Raleigh Marriott City Center or if you are a US government employee Raleigh Marriott City Center for Government Employees.  For students the Marriott will allow 3 persons to a room, but due to fire code rollways beds are not permitted. For those needing a roommate, please use this link. The venue is located in downtown Raleigh and within walking distance of the Tuesday and Wednesday evening dinner venuePaid valet parking ($30/day) is available at the hotel and self-parking ($12/day) is within a three minute walk from the hotel. There is a Starbucks coffee shop in the hotel lobby.


Conference Schedule

Attendees will be welcomed by Dean Richard Linton from North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the keynote speaker will be Dr. Jim Holland from NCSU. Other presentations will be from 2015 NAPB award recipients Dr. Rex Bernardo and Dr. Jennifer Yates and 10 other selected speakers who drive innovation and genetic improvement of agronomic, horticultural, tree, and specialty crops. Graduate student mini-presentations, abstract competition winner presentations, and poster sessions will be a major feature of the program as in previous years. 

Social activities will include a welcome reception and two dinners featuring regional foods and live music selected by NCSU graduate students.  


(PDF)  Agenda for the 2016 Annual Meeting


Poster and Oral Abstract Submission

Posters can only be submitted by current NAPB members. Deadline for abstract submissions is June 1, 2016. Information regarding abstract submission can be found here. Click here to submit oral and poster abstracts. 


(PDF)  Abstract book for the 2016 Annual Meeting



NAPB has reserved a block of rooms at Raleigh Marriott City Center.  Room availability is limited, please act now to reserve your room. The cutoff date for room reservations in the block is July 15, 2016.  Complimentary breakfast will be available for paying guests.  

There is no hotel shuttle between the Raleigh Marriott City Center and RDU Airport. Taxi service is approximately $45 one way.  If you are participating in the SAS and Cotton Incorporated tour on Thursday August 18, at the conclusion of the tour buses will depart directly to RDU.       


Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.


Pre-tour and Meeting Registration Fees

Pre Meeting Experiment Station Tour

Students $25
Professionals $50

Annual Meeting Registration Fee
NAPB Student Member $75
Non-NAPB Student $115

NAPB Professional Member $400
Non-NAPB Professional $500


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