Genetic resources and pre-breeding - Refining the green gold of genetic resources

Genetic resources have the potential of increasing genetic diversity within the breeding pool and to provide access to unexploited alleles to address new breeding objectives. A large fundus of genetic resources is available in gene banks, but for breeders to use them in a targeted way, information about their properties is often insufficient, the green gold remains hidden. How can new tools and concepts help to find the needle in the haystack? How can such information be presented in online databases in a helpful way for breeders? How can breeders introgress the desired alleles more efficiently?

Part 1 (conservation) - Chair: Beat Boller - Thursday 1.09.2016, 8.30 - 10.15

Ola Vestengen (University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway)

"Crops and culture: conserving the seed heritage"

Submitted oral presentations:

Andreas Börner, Inst. of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Res., Germany

Conservation and exploitation of plant genetic resources – the view of a Genebank manager

Shelagh Kell, International Treaty on PGRFA, UK

Bottlenecks in the PGRFA sustainable use system: stakeholders’ perspectives

Eva-Maria Sehr, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria

Genetic diversity of Austrian flax accessions – a case study for ex situ germplasm characterisation


Part 2 (pre-breeding) - Chair: Shelagh Kell - Thursday 1.09.2016, 10.45 - 12.30
Submitted oral presentations:

Beat Keller, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Molecular diversity of fungal disease resistance genes in cereals and their applications in breeding

Rashed Alarfaj, University of Reading, UK

QTL identification and phenotyping of strawberry fruit of an octoploid population for quality traits

Antoine Botrel, Syngenta, France

Supervised genetic group classification for plant breeding

Jaime Prohens, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Introgressiomics: a new paradigm for crop improvement and adaptation to climate change