Announcement of the Fourth Symposium and Training Course of the European Union-Funded Project Agrisafe Climate change: challenge for the training of applied plant scientists

Symposium and Training Course IV: Challenge for Plant Breeding and the Biotech Response

April 12-16 2010




Climate variability has a fundamental influence on agro-ecosystems For a substantial part of Europe, climate change scenarios forecast significant decreases of up to 20?% in plant productivity, coupled with a general decline in the stability of agricultural ecosystems. This is particularly true of the Carpathian Basin. Agriculture and food safety are extremely sensitive to climate changes, so adaptability to stress is likely to gain priority over the quantitative aspects of yield. This will demand new approaches both to plant breeding and crop production, and in research strategy. The Agricultural Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (ARI HAS) is one of the leading centres for crop research and breeding in Central and Eastern Europe, in the Central Transdanubian
convergence region, with a profile involving complex, interdependent, basic, methodological and applied research projects culminating in practical applications. The institute maintains close contacts with farmers and processors. Based on its international recognition and accumulated knowledge, the institute aims to develop into a regional Research Training and Service Centre to train and develop researchers, breeders and producers capable of offering practical help to farmers in Central and Eastern Europe in countering the unfavourable effects of predicted climate change. An increase in research potential is
envisaged through strategic partnerships based on existing international contacts, whereby young scientists could gain valuable know-how and experience abroad, while experienced colleagues would be invited to work at ARI HAS. The results achieved in the course of the project will not only be published in the form of scientific papers, but will also form the basis of talks and pamphlets aimed at farmers and food consumers in general, in order to make them aware of the likely effects of climate change and of how these can be mitigated in the interests of achieving secure food supplies.


Invited speakers included

Beta Barnabs Reproduction biology and plant breeding
Abraham Blum The genetic improvement of drought resistance in crop plants - myth and reality
Dnes Dudits Regulation of plant developmental prog-rammes under abiotic stress conditions
Attila Fehr Genomic approaches to reveal environ-mental impacts on wheat development and yield
Maria Herrero Temperature and sexual plant repro-duction: challenges and opportunities
Gbor Horvt V. Maintaining yield stability and safety under unfavourable climatic conditions by transgenic strategies
Jochen Kumlehn Genetic engineering in cereals - methods and applications
Mrta Lngn Molnr Improving the stress tolerance of wheat by interspecific and intergeneric hybridization
Adela Olmedilla Mechanisms of pollen selection for an optimal pollination
Istvn Papp Physiological and genetic aspects of drought tolerance in plants
Andrzej Pedryc Breeding strategies to improve frost tolerance of fruit trees
Anna Pretova Natural and induced haploids and their value for crop breeding
Michele Stanca Genetic bases of plant responses to environmental changes for increasing yield potential and yield stability The developmental mutants of barley: genetic analysis to design the plant for the future
Miroslav Strnad Plant hormones detection methods
David Twell Life after meiosis: control of male germline development in flowering plants
Viktor Zarsky Molecular mechanisms of pollen tube growth
Eva Zazimalova Auxin transport - A trigger and modulator of developmental events in plants


Preliminary Programme


Monday, April 12


9.00 am Registration

9.30 am Welcome: Ott Veisz DSc, Deputy Director, Agricultural Research Institute of the HAS, programme head

9.40 am Professor Istvn Lng academician, President of the Science Council of the Agricultural Research Institute of HAS
Information on the preparation of the climate change framework law in hungary

10.00 am
Beta Barnabs academician, Agricultural Research Institute of the HAS,
Reproduction biology and plant breeding


10.45 am Abraham Blum Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Research Organization - the Volcani Center
The Genetic Improvement of Drought Resistance in Crop Plants – Myth and Reality

11.15 am
Coffee break

11.30 am Afif Hedhly Dr., Institute of Plant Biology University of Zurich
Temperature and sexual plant reproduction: challenges and opportunities

12.30 pm Lunch

13.30 pm
Jochen Kumlehn Dr., Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)
Genetic engineering in cereals - methods and applications

14.15 pm Michele Stanca Professor, Istituto Sperimentale per la Cerealicoltura
SOP di Fiorenzuola d’Arda
Genetic bases of plant responses to environmental changes for increasing yield potential and yield stability

15.00 pm Mrta Molnr-Lng DSc, Department of Genetic Resources and Organic Breeding, Agricultural Research Institute of the HAS
Improving the stress tolerance of wheat by interspecific and intergeneric hybridization

15.45 pm
Coffee break

16.00 pm Visit of the Beethoven Museum

18.00 pm
Dinner


Tuesday, April 13


9.00 am Michele Stanca Professor, Istituto Sperimentale per la Cerealicoltura SOP di Fiorenzuola d’Arda
The developmental mutants of Barley: genetic analysis to design the plant for the future

10.00 am
David Twell Professor, Department of Biology, The University of Leicester University Road
Life after meiosis: control of male germline development in flowering plants

10.45 am
Coffee break

11.00 am Viktor Zarsky Professor, Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR
Molecular mechanisms of pollen tube growth

12.00 pm Lunch

13.30 pm
Adela Olmedilla Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants, Estacin Experimental del Zaidn – CSIC, Mechanisms of pollen selection for an optimal pollination

14.15 pm Anna Pretova Professor, Institute of Plant Genetics and Biotechnology, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Natural and induced haploids and their value for crop breeding

15.00 pm
Istvn Papp PhD, Corvinus University, Department of Plant Physiology and Plant Biochemistry
Physiological and genetic aspects of drought tolerance in plants

15.45 pm
Coffee break

16.15 pm
Botanical tour in the Park

18.00 pm Dinner


Wednesday, April 14


Field trip to the Biological Research Center
of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Center of Excellence of the European Union
Szeged



6.30 am Departure by bus

10.00 am Dnes Dudits academician, Biological Research Center, Plant Biology Institute
Regulation of plant developmental programmes under abiotic stress conditions

10.45 am Attila Fehr DSc, Biological Research Center, Plant Biology Institute
Genomic approaches to reveal environmental impacts on wheat development and yield

11.30 am
Gbor Horvt V. DSc, Biological Research Center, Plant Biology Institute
Maintaining yield stability and safety under unfavourable climatic conditions by transgenic strategies

12.30 pm
Lunch

13.30 pm Visit to National Historical Memorial Park in pusztaszer, Hungary.

16.30 pm
Coffee break

17.00 pm Departure to Martonvsr

20.00 pm Dinner



Thursday, April 15



9.00 am Andrzej Pedryc Professor, Corvinus University, Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding
Breeding strategies to improve frost tolerance of fruit trees

9.45 am Eva Zazimalova Professor, Institute of Experimental BotanyAcademy of Sciences of the Czech
Auxin transport - A trigger and modulator of developmental events in plants

10.30 am Coffee break

10.45 am
Miroslav Strnad Professor, Laboratory of Growth Regulators Palacky University & Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR
Plant hormones detection methods

12.00 pm Lunch

13.00 pm
Practical demonstrations

Katalin Jger PhD, Plant Cell Biology Department Agricultural Research Institute of the HAS
Micromanipulation techniques of egg cells (isolation, microinjection, nurse cultures, microscopic investigations).

Helga Ambrus, PhD student, Plant Cell Biology Department, Agricultural Research
Culture methods of anthers and isolated microspores (wheat, maize).

15.45 pm Coffee break

16.00 pm Practicals continued

17.00 pm Film presentation.

18.00 pm Dinner


Friday, April 16

9.00 am Practicals continued

10.30 am Coffee break

10.45 am
Practicals continued

12.00 am Lunch

13.00 pm Departure



To apply for participation, send the completed application form to

www.agrisafe.eu and/or www.mgki.hu, attention Dr. Anik Gmes Juhsz


Twenty young scientists (age limit 35) will be accepted for
participation. Accepted participants will be provided with full board
and accommodation along with partial travel support.

Application deadline: February 28 2010


Accepted applicants will be informed by email
by March 8 2010


The following symposiums and training courses are
planned under the Agrisafe EU project in the next
two-year period:

V. Genetic Resources for Combating Climate Change
VI. Lessons Learned from the Past: a wrap-up conference on the
climate change challenge for agriculture


Venue:


Agricultural Research Institute of the
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
H-2462 Martonvsr, Brunszvik u. 2. Hungary

Phone: 36 22 569 500
Fax: 36 22 460 213
Web: www.agrisafe.eu
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