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 accessions
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
Session 3: Strategies to optimally exploit genetic diversity
This session will include breeding strategies such as genomic selection, hybrid breeding, etc.
Session 4: Preserving genetic diversity
This session will include autochtonous seed, studies and strategies for in situ conservation, etc.
Session 5: “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