Symposium Motto: Digital Breeding

Crop improvement will continue to play a key role in sustainable cropping and help to meet our requirements for high quality food, feed and renewable raw materials. Recent topics with relevance for the plant breeding community are high density genotyping, third generation sequencing, targeted gene-editing, digital phenotyping, and more – there are a lot of new developments at the doorsteps. While Big Data are now accessible at affordable costs, and genomic selection is becoming of age, still better approaches and tools for data analysis and data interpretation and smart ideas to skillfully use these tools in breeding are needend.

We will discuss all questions and topics relevant for crop improvement during the symposium. Contributions on all crops, traits and methods are welcome. We cordially invite you to contribute to this fascinating debate which we have structured into four sessions. We can already announce our opening keynote speaker, Thodorus Meuwissen, who is among the forerunners for the hot topic Genomic Selection and we announce the opening speakers for all four sessions. The majority of contributions will be chosen from the submitted abstracts. All abstracts will be peer reviewed and selection for the oral sessions or the poster sessions will be decided by the scientific committee after reviewing.

We cordially invite you to actively contribute to this symposium and share your research with the breeding community.
Mark in your calendar:  abstract submission will open in September 2019.

Preliminary schedule:
Begin: Tuesday Feb. 11, 12:00
End:  Thursday Feb. 13, 14:00

Scientific Sessions | Introductory Speakers

Opening Session | Keynote Speaker

Theodorus Meuwissen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Past experiences and future directions for genomic selection in animal breeding


Session 1: Genomics & Breeding

Cristobal Uauy, John Innes Centre, Norwich

Unlocking the polyploid potential of wheat through genomics


Session 2: Predicitve Breeding

Timothy Beissinger, University Goettingen

Deciphering the role of epistasis in crops


Session 3: Phenomics & Breeding

Astrid Junker, IPK Gatersleben

Using advanced digital phenotyping to identify novel breeding targets: stories about controlled environmental fluctuations, multi-trait dynamics and acclimation capacity

Session 4: Biotechnology & Breeding

Brigitte Poppenberger, TU Munich

Establishing tools for a fast-track genetic improvement of the wild crop species Crassocephalum crepidioides, to realize its potential as a nutritious, leafy vegetable