• bumblebees at work

  • recurrent selection - quick improvement for resistance to anthracnose in red clover

     left: improved variety
    right: initial population

  • rust in Kentucky bluegrass

  • selection for tolerance to temporary drought stress



  • germination test

  • cold storage

  • germinator

Session 1: Natural diversity – a valuable source for breeding 

This session will include studies on genetic diversity of natural ecosystems, uses of mixtures, interspecific hybridization and gene bank accessions

Session 2: Characterizing genetic diversity – the basis for selection

This session will include characterisation of the genetic control of traits with topics on QTLs, genomic selection, GWAS, and modern phenotyping and new information on genomics, genetics and physiology of the forages and turfs

Session 3: Strategies to optimally exploit genetic diversity

This session will include breeding strategies for improved characters and others

Session 4: Preserving genetic diversity 

This session will include autochtonous seed, in situ conservation etc.

Session 5: “minor” and “new” species – solution for future challenges

This session is focused on the chances and breeding of novel genetic resources and today “minor species” to fulfil the needs under changed climatic and economic conditions