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Who Goes to P.A.G.?

The plant and animal genome conference is held every January in San Diego California. This will be my first year attending and I wanted to get a sense of where the researchers I’ll be listening to and mingling with are coming from.

  1. The USDA (145 attendees)
  2. Iowa State University (45 attendees)
  3. *Cornell University (37 attendees)
  4. (3) *University of California – Davis (37 attendees)
  5. University of Minnesota (25 attendees)
  6. *University of Georgia (22 attendees)
  7. (6) *Washington State University (22 attendees)
  8. University of Illinois (21 attendees)
  9. University of Florida (19 attendees)
  10. Texas A&M (17 attendees)
  11. *North Carolina State University (15 attendees)
  12. (11) *North Dakota State University (15 attendees)
  13. (11) *Pennsylvania State University (15 attendees)
  14. 14th is also a three-way tie between Clemson, Kansas and Oregon State (all with 14 attendees)

All attendee numbers are based on hastily written regular expressions and people can find a whole bunch of different ways to write the name of the same university, so these numbers should be take, at best, as minimum estimates.

Huazhong Agricultural University deserves some special recognition as the highest ranked organization based outside of the US, sending at least 13 researchers to PAG.

Last spring I did a similar calculation for this year’s maize genetics conference. Three institutions overlap between the two lists: Iowa State (ranked #5 at the maize meetings), Cornell (ranked #1), and the University of Florida (ranked #7)


  1. Matt says:

    Not me this year! Though it’s a great conference. Small enough to have a real sense of community, large enough to learn lots of new things. Have fun!

    1. James says:

      Glad to hear you think it’s a good one. I’ve heard very divergent opinions on PAG from different people, but looking at the program it looks like lots of fun.

  2. Greg says:

    +1 for UBC.
    I am really looking forward to it.

    1. James says:

      Glad to hear you’ll be there. Are you going to/have you submitted an abstract?

      1. Greg says:

        I have for a poster. What about you?

        1. James says:

          Just submitted the poster abstract this morning.

  3. William Nelson says:

    There will be at least 2 of us from UA…

    1. James says:

      I’m wondering if Arizona would have made the list if I’d done a better job with regular expressions. Looking by eye, seems like you all might have been at a disadvantage because of the many different ways to write some combination of “University of Arizona” and “iPlant.”

  4. theshortearedowl says:

    Is there anywhere cheaper to stay nearby? The registration fee doesn’t seem too bad, but $155 per night for a room?!?

    1. James says:

      I’ve been told some people stay at the Best Western right on the other side of highway 8.

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