Announcement of the Fifth Symposium and Training Course of the European Union-Funded Project Agrisafe

Announcement of the Fifth 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 V: Genetic Resources for High Added Value Plant Breeding

October 25-29, 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 include


Zofia Banaszak
“Rye in Poland”, general information on why rye is so popular in Poland; comparison of agronomical characters of populations and hybrid varieties
Zoltn Bed Development of new germplasm for low input environments
Ferenc Bks Improving wheat quality attributes by the better understanding of the role of different flour components
Lszl Cseuz Breeding wheat for drought tolerance by traditional and molecular approaches
Zsuzsa Fidloczky A unique example for the joint ex situ conservation of wild and cultivated flora: the LIFE+ Pannon Seedbank project
Lszl Holly The material and information flow system in the Plant Genetic Conservation Centre at Tpiszele
Lajos Horvth Regeneration and field evaluation of the national genetic resources collections
Angla Juhsz Molecular and biochemical characterization of germplasm for quality traits
Lszl Kocsis Grape breeding in Hungary: Old and new varieties. What Hungary has added to the world of viticulture
Pter Mik - Mria Megyeri The Martonvsr Cereal Gene Bank
Kostov Wheat breeding in Bulgaria: Development of common wheat varieties by combining conventional breeding methods, biochemical and biotechnological approaches and wide hybridization
Bla Kszegi Growth chamber facilities in the Martonvsr phytotron
Gza Kovcs Neodomestication: Increasing the genetic diversity of cultivated cereals to improve yield and quality stability under changing environmental conditions
Lszl Lng How to satisfy ecological and user demands simultaneously by wheat breeding
Gabriella Linc Characterization of germplasm with molecular cytological methods
kos Mesterhzy Adaptation to climatic changes: Simultaneous breeding for resistance against biotic and abiotic stresses in cereals
Zoltn Nagy Interannual variation and components of CO2 balance over grassland agroecosystems in Hungary
Jnos Pauk Selection methods for drought stress in laboratory and greenhouse
Jnos Pintr Responses of maize inbred lines to enhanced UV-B radiation
Lszl Palkovics Genetic resources for resistance breeding in stone fruits
Zsolt Polgr Importance and source of resistance against biotic and abiotic stresses in potato
Jzsef Popp Climate change: policy challenges for food, energy and environmental security
Peter Ruckenbauer Breeding new varieties of oil seed pumpkins in Austria

Programme


Monday, October 25

9.30 am Registration
10.00 am Opening: Ott Veisz DSc, Programme Head, Deputy Director, Agricultural Research Institute of the HAS, Martonvsr, Hungary
10.15 am Jzsef Popp Professor, DSc, Director, Directorate of Agricultural Policy Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, Budapest, Hungary
Climate change: policy challenges for food, energy and environmental security
11.00 am Zofia Banaszak Professor, Director, Zakad Hodowli Rolin Chory DANKO, Poland
"Rye in Poland", general information why rye is so popular in Poland, comparison of agronomical characters of population and hybrid varieties
11.45 am Coffee break
12.00 am Peter Ruckenbauer, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Wien, Austria Breeding new varieties of oil seed pumpkins in Austria
13.00 am Lunch
14.00 pm Zoltn Bed Professor, Academician, Director, Agricultural Research Institute of the HAS, Martonvsr, Hungary Development of new germplasm for low input environments
14.45 pm Kostadin Kostov Professor, Head of Department, Dobrudzha Agricultural Institute, General Toshevo, Bulgaria
Wheat breeding in Bulgaria: Development of common wheat varieties by combining conventional breeding methods, biochemical and biotechnological approaches and wide hybridization
15.30 pm Coffee break
16.00 pm Lszl Kocsis Professor, PhD, Deputy Dean, Department of Horticulture, Georgikon Faculty of Agriculture, Pannon University, Keszthely, Hungary
Grape breeding in Hungary: Old and new varieties. What Hungary has added to the world of viticulture
16.45 pm Zsolt Polgr PhD, Director, Pannon University, Potato Research Centre, Keszthely, Hungary
Importance and source of resistances in potato against biotic and abiotic stresses
18.30 pm Dinner

Tuesday, October 26

9.30 am Ferenc Bks Professor DSc, Director, FBFD PTY LTD., Sydney, Australia
Improving wheat quality attributes by the better understanding of the role of different flour components
10.15 am Angla Juhsz PhD, Senior Scientist, Applied Genomics Department, Agricultural Research Institute of the HAS, Martonvsr, Hungary
Molecular and biochemical characterization of germplasm for quality traits
11.00 am Coffee break
11.20 am Zoltn Nagy Professor, Plant Ecology Research Group of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, SZIU Gdll, Hungary
Interannual variation and components of CO2 balance over grassland agroecosystems in Hungary
12.15 am Lunch
13.30 pm Lszl Lng DSc, Department Head, Cereal Breeding Department, Agricultural Research Institute of the HAS, Martonvsr, Hungary
How to satisfy ecological and user demands simultaneously by wheat breeding
14.15 pm Gabriella Linc PhD, Senior Scientist, Department of Genetics Resources and Organic Breeding, Agricultural Research Institute of the HAS, Martonvsr, Hungary
Characterization of germplasms with molecular cytogenetic methods
15.00 pm Coffee break
15.20 pm Gza Kovcs PhD, Senior Scientist, Department of Plant Genetic Resources and Organic Breeding, Agricultural Research Institute of the HAS, Hungary
Neodomestication: Increasing the genetic diversity of cultivated cereals to improve yield and quality stability under changing environmental conditions
16.00 pm Practical demonstrations:
             1.
                   Pter Mik, scientist:
                   The monocot germplasm in Martonvsr
             2.
                   Istvn Molnr PhD:
                   In situ hybridizations techniques
18.00 pm Dinner

Wednesday, October 27

Field trip to the Cereal Research Non-profit Ltd.
Szeged
7.00 am Departure by bus
10.00 am Opening: Jnos Matuz Professor, DSc, Cereal Research Non-profit Ltd. Szeged, Hungary
10.30 am kos Mesterhzy Professor, Academician, Head of Department, Cereal Research Non-profit Ltd. Szeged, Hungary
Adaptation to climatic changes: Simultaneous breeding for resistance against biotic and abiotic stresses in cereals
11.15 am Jnos Pauk Professor, DSc, Head of Department, Cereal Research Non-profit Ltd. Szeged, Hungary
Selection methods for drought stress in laboratory and greenhouse
12.00 am Lszl Cseuz PhD, Director of Wheat Division Cereal Research Non-profit Ltd. Szeged, Hungary
Breeding wheat for drought tolerance by traditional and molecular approaches
13.00 pm Lunch
14. 00 pm Visit of the laboratories
15.30 pm Departure to Martonvsr
18.30 pm Dinner

Thursday, October 28

Field trip to the Central Agricultural Office,
Directorate of Land and Agricultural Environment Management, Department of Agrobotany,
Tpiszele
7.30 am Departure by bus
10.00 am Lszl Holly PhD, Central Agricultural Office,
Directorate of Land and Agricultural Environment Management, Department of Agrobotany, Tpiszele, Hungary
The material and information flow system in the Plant Genetic Conservation Centre at Tpiszele.
10.45 am Lajos Horvth, Central Agricultural Office, Directorate of Land and Agricultural Environment Management, Department of Agrobotany, Tpiszele, Hungary
Regeneration and field evaluation of the national genetic resources collections.
11.30 am Zsuzsa Fidloczky, Central Agricultural Office, Directorate of Land and Agricultural Environment Management, Department of Agrobotany, Tpiszele, Hungary
A unique example for the joint ex situ conservation of wild and cultivated flora: the LIFE+ Pannon Seedbank Project.
12.30 pm Lunch
14.00 pm Visit to the Museum Blaskovits in Tpiszele.
15.30 pm Departure to Martonvsr
18.00 pm Dinner

Friday, October 29

9.00 am Jnos Pintr PhD, Head of Department, Maize Breeding Department, Agricultural Research Institute of the HAS, Hungary
Responses of maize inbred lines to enhanced UV-B
radiation
9.45 am Lszl Palkovics DSc, Head of Department, Department of Plant Pathology, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
Genetic resources for resistance breeding in stone fruits
10.30 am Coffee break
11.00 am Practicals continued
            1. Pter Mik, scientist:
                          The monocot germplasm in Martonvsr
            2. Istvn Molnr PhD:
                          In situ hybridizations techniques
13. am Lunch
14.00 pm Departure

To apply, 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: October 3, 2010
Accepted applicants will be informed by email
by October 8, 2010

A final wrap up conference will be organized
on March 21-23, 2011 in Budapest
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