Leandro Angel Mozzoni
(DREX)-Director Experiment Station
(CSES)-Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences
Leandro A. Mozzoni is a soybean breeder with the University of Arkansas. He has eight years of experience conducting soybean breeding in a commercial environment, and joined the University of Arkansas in late 2017. He is an alumni of this house of studies, too, where he completed his master’s degree in 2005 and doctorate studies in 2009. He plans to utilize conventional plant breeding approaches as well as advanced breeding tools in the areas of genomics and phenomics to maximize farmer’s profit. His research involve exploring niche-market, food-grade or modified-seed-composition varieties, and identifying breeding solutions for diseases and abiotic stresses of soybean.
To conduct research on methodologies that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of a soybean breeding program, such as genomic selection, prediction models utilizing pedigree and historical performance information, remote-sensing phenotyping, and reassessment and redeployment of classical breeding tools.
To investigate mitigations and solutions for revenue-limiting stresses either biotic or abiotic, like flood and drought stresses, and fungal and viral plant pathogens. And to research opportunities to increase soybean farming revenue by generation of niche products, such as modified seed quality traits, natto, edamame, tofu, organic non-GMO crops, among others.
To train undergraduate and graduate students on the art and science of plant breeding, with emphasis on classical and advanced breeding methodologies. The intention is to generate personal experiences that can be used to learn from the past to better mold the future of agriculture.
- Ph.D. in Crops, Soils and Environmental Sciences with emphasis in soybean breeding and genetics. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR, U.S.A. May 2009. Dissertation: “Quality attributes, processing, and selection of vegetable soybean”. Advisor: Dr. P. Chen.
- M.S. in Crops, Soils and Environmental Sciences with emphasis in soybean breeding and genetics. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR, U.S.A. July 2005. Thesis: “Differential classification of Bean pod mottle virus isolates by host reaction on Glycine spp.”. Advisor: Dr. P. Chen.
- B.S. in Agronomy (Ingeniero Agronomo). A broad based curricula in crops, soils, and animal production systems. Rosario National University, Argentina. December 2002.
Peer Reviewed Research Articles:
- Giammaria, S.L., J.C. Rupe, P. Chen, and L.A. Mozzoni. 2014. Genetic Analysis of Resistance to Sudden Death Syndrome Caused by Fusarium virguliforme in Hartwig Soybean. J. Crop Improv. 28:758-771.
- Mozzoni, L.A., A. Shi, and P. Chen. 2013. Genetic Analysis of High Sucrose, Low Raffinose, and Low Stachyose Content in V99-5089 Soybean Seeds. J. Crop Improv. 27:606-616.
- Hou, A., P. Chen, J. Alloatti, D. Li, L.A. Mozzoni, B. Zhang, and A. Shi. 2009. Genetic variability of seed sugar content in worldwide soybean germplasm collections. Crop Sci. 49:903-912.
- Mozzoni, L.A., R. Morawicki, and P. Chen. 2009. Canning of Vegetable Soybean: Procedure and Quality Evaluations. Int. J. Food Sci. Tech.44:1125-1130.
- Mozzoni, L.A., R. Morawicki, and P. Chen. 2009. Quality attributes of vegetable soybean as a function of boiling time and condition. Int. J. Food Sci. Tech.44:2089-2099.
- Rosso, M.L., J.C. Rupe, P. Chen, and L.A. Mozzoni. 2008. Inheritance and genetic mapping of resistance to Pythium damping-off caused by Pythium aphanidermatum in Archer soybean. Crop. Sci. 48:2215-2222.
- Mozzoni, L.A., P. Chen, and R.C. Gergerich. 2007. Differentiation of Bean pod mottle virus based upon host symptoms. European J. Plant Path. 124:133-140.
- Pioli, R.N., L.A. Mozzoni, and E.N. Morandi. 2004. First report of pathogenic association between Fusarium graminearum and soybean. Plant Dis.88:220.
Peer Reviewed Book Chapters:
- Mozzoni, L.A., and P. Chen. 2009. In vitro maintenance of plant viruses in tissue culture. In A.M. Wang (ed.) Principles and Practice of Advanced Methods in Plant Virology. Research Signpost Press, Kerala, India. p. 105-129.
- Chen, P., C.H. Sneller, L.A. Mozzoni, and J.C. Rupe. 2007. Registration of ‘Osage’ soybean. Journal of Plant Registrations 1:89-92.
- Mozzoni, L.A. 2016. Soybean variety XB39C13. United States. Assignee Monsanto Technology LLC. US Patent Number 9485931. Accessed online on December 16, 2016 at http://www.freepatentsonline.com/9485931.html.
- Mozzoni, L.A. 2016. Soybean variety 01050923. United States. Assignee Monsanto Technology LLC. US Patent Number 9510545. Accessed online on December 16, 2016 at http://www.freepatentsonline.com/9510545.html.
- Mozzoni, L.A. 2016. Soybean variety 01046238. United States. Assignee Monsanto Technology LLC. US Patent Number 9237736. Accessed online on August 10, 2016 at http://www.freepatentsonline.com/9237736.html.
- Mozzoni, L.A. 2016. Soybean variety 01046386. United States. Assignee Monsanto Technology LLC. US Patent Number 9237737. Accessed online on August 10, 2016 at http://www.freepatentsonline.com/9237737.html.
- Mozzoni, L.A. 2016. Soybean variety A1036208. United States. Assignee Monsanto Technology LLC. US Patent Number 9237695. Accessed online on August 10, 2016 at http://www.freepatentsonline.com/9237695.html.
- Mozzoni, L.A. 2016. Soybean variety D402501. United States. Assignee Monsanto Technology LLC. US Patent Number 9232754. Accessed online on August 10, 2016 at http://www.freepatentsonline.com/9232754.html.
- Mozzoni, L.A. 2016. Soybean variety XB35Y13. United States. Assignee Monsanto Technology LLC. US Patent Number 9271464 Accessed online on August 10, 2016 at http://www.freepatentsonline.com/9271464.html.
- Mozzoni, L.A. 2016. Soybean variety XR30AR14RX. United States. Assignee Monsanto Technology LLC. US Patent Number 20160135413. Accessed online on August 10, 2016 at http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2016/0135413.html.
- Behm, J., L.A. Mozzoni. 2015. Soybean variety 01051524. United States. Assignee Monsanto Technology LLC. US Patent Number 20150334970. Accessed online on August 10, 2016 at http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2015/0334970.html.
- Behm, J., L.A. Mozzoni. 2015. Soybean variety 01051043. United States. Assignee Monsanto Technology LLC. US Patent Number 20150334967. Accessed online on August 10, 2016 at http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2015/0334967.html.
- Mozzoni, L.A. 2015. Soybean variety A1036103. United States. Assignee Monsanto Technology LLC. US Patent Number 9101104. Accessed online on August 10, 2016 at http://www.freepatentsonline.com/9101104.html.
- Mozzoni, L.A. 2014. Soybean variety A1036056. United States. Assignee Monsanto Technology LLC. US Patent Number 8822769. Accessed online on August 10, 2016 at http://www.freepatentsonline.com/8822769.html.
- Associate Professor – Soybean Breeding, University of Arkansas, September 2017 to present. Tenure-track position with 90% research and 10% teaching responsibilities. In charge of developing soybean germplasm and cultivars adapted to Arkansas and the US Mid-south, conduct research on soybean breeding and production, train graduate students in the art and science of plant breeding, and instruct plant breeding and soybean production courses.
- Soybean Breeder, Monsanto Company, May 2009 to present. Responsible to build and establish a new soybean breeding program in Waco, NE, U.S.A., including the selection of germplasm stock and the establishment of a testing network to support the development of soybean varieties MG2 and MG3 adapted to the US Midwest. Outcomes from these breeding efforts include the release and patent of twelve soybean varieties up-to-date that have been commercialized in various brands and market outlets of the company. Duties and responsibilities of my role have also included hiring, developing, and managing personnel (up to four full-time employees at one time), managing budget and field operations, and being the site-responsible-researcher for the testing of regulated materials. As training and support for this managerial aspect of my role I completed the “People Leader Learning Series”, a series of 12 classroom sessions for people leaders in the company, and I participated in the “Local Leadership Experience”, a year-long training for people managers where we learned about the business and its leaders, and their leadership and communication strategies. After a series of internal reorganizations the people management and the operational and budgeting duties have been delegated to the local Site and Operations Leads, and my role has been reconverted to a Line Development Breeder. This new role involves population development and advancement, and line development and testing during their initial stages; handing finished lines to commercial breeders for pre-commercial product placement and deployment. The population development and management responsibilities involve population prioritization via Best Linear Unbiased Predictions (BLUP) and application of Marker Assisted Selection and Genome Wide Selection for various traits of interest. As part of my role at Monsanto I have also been responsible to build strong relationships with the agronomy, sales, and technology development organizations in order to support variety characterization, placement, and marketing needs by means of field days and classroom presentations to sales representatives, agronomists, and customer farmers. In this role I have also participated in internal research efforts, including (1) the implementation of BLUP for population development and management, (2) the use of remote sensing technologies for prediction of soybean iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC), and (3) research on soybean densities and planting dates, among others. For the implementation of (1) BLUP, I worked with the statistical geneticist to define the dataset to be used and reviewed the applicability of the results from the various working models. I also provided outreach and training to other fellow breeders on the use and application of BLUPs in their breeding programs. There was a software building component of this research, for which I provided the developers screen-mockups that included the user interface needs and flow-charts with the program logic. For the research on (2) remote-sensing IDC, I provided plot ratings for building the model, as well as feedback to the scientist regarding the performance of the various models. And lastly, the studies (3) on soybean planting dates were performed by a research intern I directed for six months during 2014, where we characterized varietal responses to planting dates, identifying the yield components most affected.
- Graduate Research Assistant/Senior Graduate Research Assistant, Soybean Breeding Program, University of Arkansas, May 2003 to May 2009. Responsible for the design and execution of soybean experiments for the University of Arkansas Soybean Breeding Program. Co-managed all breeding operations for the program. Experiences gained also included DNA extraction and molecular marker analysis, food science laboratory analyses (HPLC, spectroscopy, wet chemistry), sensory analysis and postharvest processing of vegetable soybean, maintenance and characterization of fungal colonies (plating, microscopy, feeding substrate characterizations), and plant virus research (plant inoculations, ELISA, tissue blotting, differential classifications).
- Internship. Research and Development Department, Rizobacter SA, Argentina. January to May 2003. Duties: media preparation and colonial establishment and maintenance of Bradirizhobium japonicum for research on soybean inoculants.
- Internship. Soybean breeding program. Asociacion de Cooperativas Argentinas, Argentina. March to May, 2002. Duties: Assisted the soybean breeder with bulk and single-plant harvesting, and record keeping.
- Internship. Plant Pathology Program, Rosario National University, Argentina. May 2001 to December 2001, and May 2002 to December 2002. Conducted research on soybean and corn diseases.
- Internship. Inbred Seeds and Hybrid Production Department, Produsem SA, Pergamino, Argentina. Crop season 2000/2001. Duties: Served as quality control and field activities coordinator in corn, sorghum, and sunflower hybrid seed production.
- Internship. Corn and Sunflower Research Department, Sursem SA, Pergamino, Argentina. Crop season 1999/2000. Duties: pollination of corn and sunflower nurseries.
- Internship. Soil Laboratory, Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria, Pergamino, Argentina. June to November 1996. Performed soil sample preparation and laboratory analysis.
- Global Soybean Breeding – Growing People Award for International Liaison and Support of Argentinean Soybean Breeding Programs. Monsanto Co. 2013.
- 2nd place poster paper competition. Division C3. Entitled: “Effect of shelling and boiling time on quality attributes of vegetable soybean”. National Meetings of the American Society of Agronomy. New Orleans, LA, USA, 2007.
- 2005 Outstanding Master’s Graduate Student Award of the Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Department. University of Arkansas, 2006.
- 2nd place oral paper presentation. Entitled: “Differential classification of Bean pod mottle virus by host reaction on Glycine spp.”. Annual Meetings of the Southern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy. Biloxi, MS, USA, 2004.
- Medal for academic merit, top-third student, class 2002, College of Agriculture, Rosario National University, Argentina.