The BreedWheat project (France), the Design Future Wheat program (UK), the ProWeizen research and breeding alliance (Germany), the Wheat challenge research program (CGIAR) and the Wheat Initiative organized a scientific workshop on March 22nd 2018 in Clermont-Ferrand (France) on future wheat breeding challenges. This event that followed the Eucarpia cereal section meeting gathered about 130 scientists from the public and private communities. The day began with invited speakers presenting the Achievements of the Wheat Initiative (Frank Ordon, Julius Kühn-Institut), the Progress update on major multi-country/institutions wheat research programs (Victor Kommerell, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center), European Commission funding opportunities (Laurène Coral, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), the Future important breeding targets (Viktor Korzun & Stephen Sunderwirth, KWS Cereals Breeding Technologies). These presentations were followed by impulse talks on five key topics of interest for the wheat community:
- Genetic resources
- Genome editing
- Genomic selection
A global discussion was then organized using the World Café methodology to favour exchanges between groups.
You can download below the presentations and a document summarizing the strategies identified and addressing the research opportunities for the international public-private community, in the light of the scientific issues regarding each key topics.
Synthesis of the world café : IWIW2_March 2018_synthesis v3