Abstract Information

The Scientific Committee of Bean Improvement Cooperative and the North American Pulse Improvement Association 2017 invites you to submit an abstract for poster or oral presentation at the conference. Those abstracts selected will be expected to submit an article for the proceedings book after the conference.

Oral and poster presentations will be selected from the submitted abstracts. Abstracts should be in 12 font Times New Roman, with 1” margins and should fit on a single page, including any figures and tables.

Acceptance of oral or and poster presentations is contingent upon payment of the registration fee by at least one of its authors no later than August 31, 2017.

Meeting Registration

Michigan State University invites you to attend the 2017 BIC/NAPIA Meeting to be held October 30-November 3, 2017.

The meetings will be held at the Kellogg Center on campus of Michigan State University in 2017

  • Bean Improvement Cooperative: October 29-November 1
  • North American Pulse Improvement Association: November 1-3
  • 7th International Legume Root Disease Workshop: November 1

Register before July 1:

  • BIC Registration is $300/Students $260
  • The BIC banquet is $65.
  • Legume Root Disease Workshop is $75.
  • NAPIA Registration is $250/Students $210

Lodging Information:

Contact the hotel directly for reservations. Room Rates: $105 a night, Room Block will Release October 2, 2017. You may book your room by calling 517-432-4000 and providing the following code: 1710BICAND. You may also reseve your room online. Some versions of Internet Explorer may be incompatible. You may need to update or use alternate browser. Go to www.kelloggcenter.com, click on the “Reservations” link at the top of the page, select "Check availability and book now!" link, enter arrival, departure, rooms, & number of adults & children, select “Click Here for Special Rates” and enter your Group Code: 1710BICAND and click "Check Availability”.

Dining Information:

There are several dinner dining options within walking and driving distance of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.
There is a unique dining experience available at at our local dorm facility (Brody) across the street and experience a whole new level of dining on campus.
Other dining options in the area can be found at: http://www.lansing.org/restaurants/

Tentative Schedule for the BIC/NAPIA Meeting 2017







29-Oct. 2017


Welcome Mix BIC

4-6 p.m.

6-8 p.m.


30-Oct. 2017

BIC Talks and Posters

Dinner on your own

8 a.m. - 7 p.m.



31-Oct. 2017

BIC Talks and Posters

BIC Banquet

-MSU Huntington Club


8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.



1-Nov. 2017


Genetics Committee

7th International Legume Root Disease (ILRD) Workshop

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.


8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Tour: Saginaw Valley Research Center and Organic Bean Grower Processor -

11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


2-Nov. 2017



8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

7 - 9 p.m.


3-Nov. 2017


8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Local Hosts:

Jim Kelly; Karen Cichy; Marty Chilvers; Janette Jacobs; Greg Varner; BIC business contact: Phil Miklas; NAPIA business contact: Weidong Chen; NAPIA abstract contact: Bunyamin Tar’an; Conference Contact: Megghan Honke Seidel

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission for BIC Abstract Submission is open.
Abstract Submission closes at 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 2017.

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission for NAPIA Abstract Submission is open.
Abstract Submission closes at 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 2017.

BIC/NAPIA Meeting Registration

Registration for Registration for the BIC/NAPIA Meeting is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on October 13, 2017.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Megghan Honke Seidel at 517-884-7089 or honkemeg@msu.edu