Numerous innovations are dramatically changing plant breeding and the potential performance of crop varieties. Breeding plants for the future, a one-day conference for all involved in crop science and agribusiness will be held on Thursday 15 May 2014 at the University of Reading.
Cutting-edge research will be reviewed, including how epigenetic variation affecting changes in gene expression will create new breeding opportunities. Other topics will cover new genomic technologies, new targets for plant breeders, field testing of new varieties, and integrating genetic improvements with other means of increasing or protecting crop yields and quality.
Speakers will come from the universities of Cambridge, Nottingham and Reading, Rothamsted and the plant science industry. Syngenta and DuPont now have integrated plant breeding and agrochemical businesses, taking the multi-disciplinary approach all the way through from invention to the farm. Smaller specialist plant science companies will be represented by Illumina, an American company specialising in genome sequencing technologies and NIAB, involved in developing and evaluating new technologies.
This conference is the second in a series of events organised by SCI BioResources Group and Aqua Enviro focusing on the science and technologies behind efforts to increase crop yields and secure the global food supply.
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