April 6-7, 2017 | Lincoln, Nebraska
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2017 NRIC speakers
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Dr. Wendy Pline-Srnic
Dupont Pioneer

Developing Integrated Products to Improve Crop Performance, Efficacy, and Durability

2:15 - 2:45 pm, Friday 7 April 2017
Reliable crop performance depends on a crop’s ability to produce under a myriad of both abiotic and biotic stresses throughout the growing season. Crops resistant to biotic stresses and pests, via breeding, or biotechnology, can still be overcome by pest adaptation or resistance, especially when single modes of action are deployed. Integrated product concepts explore the entire tool kit of options (genetics, biotechnology, seed treatment, biologicals, crop protection chemistry, and management) to design and develop products with multiple modes of action against stress. Combining multiple independent mechanisms against individual or multiple pests can improve reliability of crop performance, efficacy of control, and improve product durability by slowing resistance development. Both growers and companies have interest in developing these products as novel solutions to combat pests, however the complexity of these products, in terms of design, efficacy, and deployment offer unique challenges.
Wendy Pline-Srnic is the director of Integrated Product Characterization and Development (IPCD) at DuPont Pioneer. The IPCD group focuses on designing, validating, assembling and evaluating Integrated Product Offerings to the business and our customers. Integrated products include evaluating and combining a wider range of available technologies to solve the challenges our growers are facing. These technologies include our current core of genetics and traits, but also seed treatments, biologicals, crop protection chemistries, and management practices. She joined DuPont Pioneer as a Research Scientist in Maize Product Development, following five years of agricultural biotechnology experience within the corporate ag industry in the United Kingdom and Italy. Since joining Pioneer, she has served in various research positions, most recently as director of Global Trait Integration. She leads the Pioneer Women’s Network and chairs the CAST (Council for Agricultural Science and Technology) Plants Work Group. Wendy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University, a Master of Science degree in Weed Science from Virginia Tech University and Ph.D. in Crop Science from North Carolina State University.