NARC National Allium Research Conference

National Allium Research Conference (NARC)

Upcoming Meeting: Nov 29 – Dec 2, 2023 in San Antonio, TX

This will be a joint meeting between NARC and the National Onion Association (NOA). Research presentations will be scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday, Friday morning, and if necessary, on Saturday morning. Friday afternoon there will be a field trip to visit production areas and the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Uvalde, TX. Please note that the registration fee includes the opening reception on Wednesday PM, three breakfasts (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), two lunches (Thursday and Friday), and the field trip on Friday and the banquet on Friday evening.

Abstracts due Thursday, August 31, 2023 – email to 

Image is of a text document, which is also downloadable on this page, if your screen-reader will handle that better. The text document says: Abstract Submission for Oral and Poster Presentations. Deadline for Abstract Submission is August 31, 2023. Please email to Michael J. Havey ( abstracts in the style shown below. Any abstracts submitted after August 31, 2023, may not be included in the program. We will post the preliminary program on the meeting website in early September, 2023. We anticipate that oral presentations will be for 15 or 20 minutes. Specific instructions for oral presentations and posters will be emailed after the abstract submission deadline. INSTRUCTIONS FOR ORAL AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS AT THE 2023 JOINT MEETING OF THE NOA/NARC: Please remember that this is a joint meeting with growers, processors, and researchers, so do not assume that all members of the audience will understand terminology specific to your discipline. Please clearly describe why the research was done and why it is important, and present results and impact in a manner clear to a diverse audience. Acknowledge the source(s) of funding supporting your work. Abstract format for both Oral and Poster Presentations: • Abstract title in all CAPITAL LETTERS. • List of authors with brief description of affiliations. Please underline the name of presenter and provide the email(s) of the corresponding author(s). • Limit number of words in abstract to 200 or less. • PLEASE INDICATE PREFERENCE FOR ORAL OR POSTER PRESENTATION. We will try and accommodate preferences as time limitations allow. Example of correct abstract format: VARIATION FOR EPICUTICULAR WAXES ACROSS DIVERSE ONION GERMPLASM Derek Hunsaker1, Russell Groves1, and Michael J Havey ( 1University of Wisconsin and 2USDA-ARS, Madison, WI USA Epicuticular waxes are present on the foliage of almost all terrestrial plants and are important for avoidance of abiotic and biotic stresses. Onions can be visually classified into glossy, semi-glossy, and waxy phenotypes based on the amount and types of epicuticular waxes. Research has shown that onions with semi-glossy and glossy phenotypes suffer less damage by onion thrips. Onion accessions from the USDA germplasm collection were grown in greenhouse and field environments and amounts and types of epicuticular waxes measured by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GCMS). Accessions were identified that accumulated significantly different amounts of total wax on foliage, as well as different amounts of individual waxes. Selection of plants with relatively high amounts of total wax coupled with lower amounts of hentriacontranone-16 should show thrips resistance and accumulate enough waxes on foliage to be commercially acceptable. ORAL (or POSTER) presentation preferred
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About NARC

Researchers, educators, growers, and students have enthusiastically promoted and discussed alliums in local, regional, and national meetings for decades.  In 1985 at a joint meeting with carrot and onion personnel in Phoenix, they formed a voluntary organization that became known as the National Allium Research Conference (NARC).

The NARC has served as a focal point for biennial conferences devoted to the allium plant species, and its improvement, management, and consumption in the United States and globally.  Volunteers from the private sector, agribusinesses, universities, and the USDA unselfishly support and promote this open venue to their colleagues and others for the benefit of all.

Participants eagerly look forward to each biennial meeting that is rotated between different allium regions of the U.S.  The NARC meetings have become a popular and efficient venue to link up with other allium-related organizations and national committees, including the multistate research projects, USDA Genetic Resources, regional and national research/extension projects; as well as to coordinate listening and strategy sessions dealing with priority issues such as impacts of water quality regulations, pesticide label changes and residue limits, and retirement drain on the future research, extension, and marketing of alliums.

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