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Dr. Julie Dawson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her background is in organic plant breeding and participatory research. She leads a program in collaboration with other plant breeders to test vegetable varieties for quality traits and productivity for regional food systems.
The Summit on Intellectual Property Rights and Public Plant Breeding was held in just prior to the National Association of Plant Breeders meeting in August 2016. The goals were to 1) Develop a statement of best practices for the use of IPR and licensing agreements for public cultivars and germplasm. 2) Provide examples of effective strategies for utilizing royalty money or other funding sources to support public cultivar development. 3) Explore existing technology transfer mechanisms to ensure that useful germplasm from public programs moves out of breeding plots and into farmers’ fields. A group of 65 plant breeders and other stakeholders from around the country, representing the public, private and non-profit sectors met for two days to discuss these issues specifically as they relate to plant breeding in the public sector. A set of recommendations from the conference has been developed for release Spring of 2017. This webinar will discuss the main findings and steps forward.