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

Travel Information:

How to get to East Lansing, Michigan

View an interactive map of the MSU campus here.


The Amtrak station is right on the MSU campus, 1 mile from the conference center. It is a 3 – 4 hour trip from Chicago’s Union Station. More information here.


The Greyhound bus station is at the same location as the Amtrak train station in East Lansing. It is a 6-7 hour trip from Chicago. There are several Greyhound stations in Chicago — the main one is on 630 W. Harrison Street, which is 4-5 blocks from Union Station. There is another Greyhound station right at Union Station (225 Canal Street). A list and map of all Chicago Greyhound stations can be found here.

An additional option is to utilize both Amtrak and Greyhound services in planning your trip.

If you plan do some sight-seeing while you are here in Michigan, there are many Greyhound stations throughout the state (please see “Visiting Michigan” page for a map of Greyhound locations in Michigan).

AIRPORTS (in order by distance from East Lansing)

  • Lansing (9 miles, 17 minutes to MSU campus): Capital Region International Airport (LAN)
  • Flint (44 miles, 45 minutes to MSU): Bishop International Airport (FNT)
  • Grand Rapids (63 miles, 57 minutes to MSU): Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR)
  • Kalamazoo/Battle Creek (77 miles, 1 hour 9 minutes to MSU): Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO)
  • Detroit (95 miles, 1 hour 25 minutes to MSU): Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW).
    • There is a very nice bus (Michigan Flyer) that makes round trips between DTW and Marriott Hotel in downtown East Lansing 12 times per day. It costs $50 round trip and has free Wi-Fi. It takes about 2 hours one way.

For guests flying into Lansing or using the Michigan Flyer from the Detroit airport:
The Kellogg Center offers a shuttle service every hour (from Lansing airport) or every half hour (from Marriott Hotel in East Lansing) for guests that are staying at the Kellogg Center. To schedule this service, you will need to call the Kellogg Center and provide your name, phone number, and arrival time of your flight (Lansing airport) or bus (Michigan Flyer).

Another option for traveling between the Lansing airport or Marriott Hotel and the Kellogg Center is to use the Green Cab Company for environmentally-friendly service. Their number is 517-643-1905, and the rate is $2/mile.
The Marriott Hotel in East Lansing is about 1 mile from the Kellogg Center, so walking may also be a feasible option for some people using the Michigan Flyer.


If you plan on driving from home or renting a car at the airport, the map below displays various routes to do so.

This is another good option if you plan to travel around Michigan while you are here.

For a written description of directions from the Capitol Region International Airport in Lansing or other major cities (including Chicago), please visit the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center travel page here.


Please see the Accommodations page for information about the tobacco-free policy on the MSU campus.

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.

There is a second block of rooms available at the Candlewood suites which offers free shuttle service to and from the airport and if able will accommodate transportation to the main conference hotel. Studio rooms are $95 a night and 1 bedroom's are $135 a night. You may book by calling 517-351-8181 and indicating you are with the BIC/NAPIA Group or by utilizing the booking link BICNAPIA . Please note, for guests utilizing the booking link, they will need to enter their arrival and departure dates then click “check availability” for the preferred rate to populate.

Other Hotels in the area may also be used if the Kellogg Center doesn't meet your needs. Here is a list of hotels for your review and selection: http://www.lansing.org/hotels/near-msu/

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.

Additional Information about the 7th International Legume Root Disease Workshop

Root diseases are economically important in legumes, affecting large areas of crop production in many countries worldwide. Root rot, caused by Aphanomyces euteiches, Rhizoctonia solani, Fusarium solani and wilt, caused by several formae speciales of Fusarium oxysporum, are the most destructive soil-borne diseases of pea, chickpea, lentil, faba bean and lupin.

The 7th International Legume Root Diseases (ILRD) workshop will be hosted by the BIC/NAPIA 2017 Meeting and held on November 1st, 2017,East Lansing, Michigan. It followed up previous International workshops on legume root rots held in 2002 (Rennes, France), 2003 (Pasco, WA, USA), 2007 (Rennes, France), 2009 (Pullman, WA, USA), 2014 (Saskatoon, CA) and 2015 (Niagara Falls, CA).

The objectives of the 7th ILRD workshop will be to (i) report recent advances of science on root diseases in legumes and (ii)- create a favorable environment for methodology, strategy exchanges and promotion of collaboration networks.

Recent progress of science will cover three major issues, including (i) Pathogen survey, biology, genomics and populations, (ii) Genetics, genomics and breeding for resistance and (iii) Integrated disease management. Exchange sessions will be held about pathogen and plant resources, as well as methodologies and field networks.

Organizers: Clare Coyne, USDA-ARS, USA; Marie-Laure Pilet-Nayel, INRA, France
Scientific Organizing Committee: Sabine Baniza (Univ Saskatch, Canada), Syama Chatterton (AAFC, Canada),Anne Moussart (Terres Inovia, France) Juan Osorno (NDSU, USA) Julie Pasche (NDSU, USA)

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


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