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Dr. Valerio Hoyos - Villegas McGill University

Despite progress in multiple areas, measuring phenotypes in plant breeding remains a bottleneck in the crop improvement cycle. This becomes particularly true when dealing with complex trait dissection. In the coming years, a revolution in plant breeding will be realized thanks to advanced in photo optic, ultrasonic, capacitive sensors, etc. This seminar focuses on the work that the Pulse Breeding and Genetics laboratory carries out in the advancement of phenomics and genomics for the acceleration of genetic gain for the development of pulse crop varieties. Dr. Valerio Hoyos-Villegas obtained his MS in Crop Physiology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his PhD from Michigan State University (USA) in Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology. In 2019 he joined as Assistant Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics at McGill University where he holds a research, teaching and service appointment. Valerio is associate and technical editor in multiple scientific journals, including The Plant Phenome Journal. Valerio serves in leadership roles at the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) and the North American Plant Phenotyping Network