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ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting

This special meeting wire includes research being presented at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meetings, being held November 1-5, 2009 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

The media contact is Sara Uttech,, 608-268-4948 (during the meetings: 608-772-0217). The meeting website can be found at

2009 Annual Meetings Emphasize Sustainability
More than 2,700 scientists will present research and discuss emerging trends in agriculture, energy, education, and more, Nov. 1-5 in Pittsburgh. • Image(s) embedded • 
—American Society of Agronomy (ASA)

Plenary Lecturers Share Science and Policy Perspectives
A distinguished group of international experts in agricultural research, science policy, and soil science will present daily lectures under the common theme of sustainability during the 2009 ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meetings, Nov. 1-5 in Pittsburgh, PA. • Image(s) embedded • 
—American Society of Agronomy (ASA)

How Do We Fund Plant Breeding?
Plant breeding industry stakeholders discuss public-private partnerships; commercialization strategies now driving public programs; the impact of foundations in targeted support for cultivar development; and national and global programs that may help build industry capacity and public support in a Nov. 5 symposium in Pittsburgh. • Image(s) embedded • 
—Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Ecology in Organic Ag: Combining Farming, Science
The new book, “Organic Farming: The Ecological System,” combines farmer experience with the latest scientific research to better understand the role of organics in modern agriculture. • Image(s) embedded •  (Embargoed until 03-Nov-2009, 00:00 ET)
—American Society of Agronomy (ASA)

Great Wines Come From Great Soils
The world's greatest wines are the result of synergy among grape variety, human input, and terroir -- a term defined as the vineyard site, soil, and climate. Experts will discuss terroir with an emphasis on soil science on Nov. 4 in Pittsburgh, PA at the Annual Meeting of the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA. (Embargoed until 04-Nov-2009, 00:00 ET)
—Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Expert to Discuss Phosphorus’ Impact on ‘Dead Zone’ off Gulf of Mexico
A lecture on Nov. 3 in Pittsburgh will highlight the role of phosphorus in wetlands, including the Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxia zone/dead zone in the Mississippi River basin. In addition to an overview of current research, suggestions for realistic management techniques that balance wetland ecosystems and landscape functions will also be discussed. • Image(s) embedded • 
—Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

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