The role of genetic diversity and forage grass breeding in meeting the challenges of grassland farming
Professor and lecturer of Grassland Science, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Sustainability of grassland systems and grassland farming, agronomy of divers grasslands, grazing and biodiversity, smart grassland farming.
Session 1: Natural diversity – a valuable source for breeding
This session will include studies on genetic diversity of ecotypes and breeding
germplasm, the use of species mixtures, interspecific hybridization and gene bank
Activation of ex situ collections: promises kept and pending
Plant geneticist, Professor for Plant Genetic Ressources at MLU Halle, managing director of IPK and head of the federal ex situ genebank. Interests: integration of genomics to advance both conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources.
Making the most of multi-species mixtures: the role of species and functional diversity in intensively managed grasslands
Associate Professor of Statistics at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Her research is at the interface of statistics, ecology and agronomy.
Data management for preserving genetic diversity: Experiences and challenges
Bioinformatician at the German crop plant genebank in Gatersleben, where his work focuses on the design and implementation of information systems and databases, mainly on plant genetic resources. Since 2014, he has been coordinator of the European Search Catalogue for Plant Genetic Resources (EURISCO), which documents information on more than 2 million ex situ accessions from 43 countries.
Session 2: Characterizing genetic diversity – the basis for selection
This session will include trait characterisation (including modern phenotyping) and studies
on the genetic control of traits including QTL analyses, genome-wide association studies
as well as new information on genomics, genetics and physiology
Understanding forage genomes beyond SNPs – an example on reproductive traits
Agronomist, Professor of Molecular Plant Breeding at the Institute of Agriculture Sciences of ETH Zurich. His research aims at developing molecular methods and techniques to understand the genetic composition of complex traits and applying this knowledge to plant breeding.
Adaptivity of forage grasses under climate change: from phenotype to gene
Senior researcher at LAMMC, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry. Her research area covers forage grass physiology and pre-breeding with a main focus on adaptivity to water deficit and freezing stresses, implementation of novel phenotyping tools and methods as well as molecular marker development.
Session 3: Strategies to optimally exploit genetic diversity
This session will include breeding strategies such as genomic selection, hybrid breeding,
Can we define a red clover ideotype for mixtures with grasses
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Faculty of Biosciences.
Her research area is within genetics and physiology of forages, with a main focus on species mixtures, cold acclimation, winter survival and phenology.
Genetic diversity for breeding tomorrows forage cultivars
since 18 years engaged in forage genetics as a scientist working for Teagasc, The Irish Food and Agriculture Development Authority. She has a vivid interest in the conservation and utilisation of genetic resources and the genetics and physiology of crops.
Session 4: “Minor” and “new” species – solution for future challenges
This session is focused on the potential and breeding of new and “minor species” to fulfil
the needs under changing climatic and economic conditions
Shall we add some flowers or even add some weeds - will this be the solution for business of seeds
Former plant breeder of forage, turf and catch crops.
In 2010 he founded his own company ESKUSA and is now dedicate to breeding, seed production, technical seed processing and crop development of medicinal plants, industrial raw material plants (rubber dadelion), lupins and wild herbs.
Development of KASPar markers in Festulolium hybrids
Researcher at INRAE (Lusignan, France) with long-term experience in genetics and breeding of Festulolium.
He serves as a Chair of EUCARPIA Festulolium Working Group
Alterations in leaf lipidome under water deficit and re-watering in Lolium multiflorum/Festuca arundinacea introgression forms distinct in drought tolerance
Full professor at the Institute of Plant Genetics (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan, Poland) with the interest in plant physiology and genetics, including forage grasses (fescues, ryegrasses and Festulolium)
High-throughput identification of F1 Lolium x Festuca hybrids using flow cytometry
Associate professor at Institute of Experimental Botany (Czech Academy of Sciences, Olomouc, Czech Republic).
His interest covers genetics, evolutinary biology and ekology of interspecific hybrids.
He serves as a Chair of EUCARPIA Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section
AberRoots - a new Festulolium cultivar
Emeritus professor at IBERS (Aberystwyth, Wales) with whole-carrier interest in genetics, physiology, breeding and ecology of Festulolium. He was the leading force in establishment of Festulolium Working Group and promoting this crop in grass community.