All-inclusive Breeding: Integrating high-throughput science

The one-day symposium to be held in Wageningen highlights the need of integrating different areas of expertise throughout the plant breeding process. For our Wageningen UR Symposium, we are inviting speakers that have expertise in the following fields: genomics, phenotyping technologies, bioinformatics, metabolomics, and computational genetics. Speakers will explain how their specific research can be used as a tool to the breeder’s ultimate goal of obtaining improved varieties.

Organised by Wageningen Plant Breeding, Laboratory of Genetics, Biometris

Thu 16 October 2014 08:30 to 17:30

Venue Orion, gebouwnummer 103
Room C1005

This symposium was made possible thanks to the funding of Dupont Pioneer, and the support from the Graduate Schools EPS and PE&RC.

A poster session will take place during lunch time, to which participants are invited to submit a poster.

Everybody is invited, however, we have a maximum of 100 persons. Therefore,  we kindly ask you to register- freely - before FRIDAY 10 OCTOBER using the Registration Form.

This Symposium will also be transmitted online via wur-tv, starting at 09.00h (GMT+2). You can access via this Link to WURtv.


08.30-09.00h. Registrations

Morning session

09.00-09.20h. Prof. dr. ir. Louise O. Fresco

Wageningen UR (The Netherlands)

Prof. dr. ir. Louise O. Fresco has been appointed as President of the Executive Board of Wageningen UR with effect from 1 July 2014. Louise O. Fresco's exciting career has involved decades of fieldwork in tropical countries, travels to over 80 countries, a PhD cum laude in tropical agronomy (Wageningen), chairs and lectureships at prestigious universities such as Wageningen, Uppsala, Louvain and Stanford and the membership of four scientific academies. She held several leading positions within the FAO of the UN. The permanent theme of her life is a strong commitment to international development, agriculture and food.

09.20-10.00h Prof. Dr. Chris-Carolin Schön

Technische Universität München (Germany)

The research of Prof. dr. Schön is focused on the optimization of agricultural processes through the integration of molecular biology technologies. This primarily involves the use of molecular markers in breeding crop plants. Her work is also concerned with the characterization of native biodiversity and the identification of its functional characteristics as well as the development of optimized breeding strategies for complex properties.

10.00-10.40h. Dr. Erik Wijnker

Hamburg University (Germany)

The research of Dr. Wijnker aims at developing a new approach called “reverse breeding”. This approach simplifies meiosis such that homozygous parental lines can be generated from a vigorous hybrid individual, instead of  producing hybrid seeds by crossing selected inbred lines.

10.40-11.10h. Coffee break

11.10-11.50h. Dr. Laurence Moreau

INRA (Versailles – Grignon , France)

Dr. Moreau has expertise in maize quantitative genetics, especially in methods for identifying loci involved in quantitative variation and their use in marker-assisted selection programs. She is specifically interested by the optimization of different marker-assisted selection schemes including recently genomic selection approaches.

11.50-12.30h. Flash presentations

12.30-14.00 Lunch (included) and poster session (both are in the ground floor)

Afternoon session

14.00-14.40h. Prof. Dr. Robert Hall

Wageningen UR (The Netherlands)

Prof. Dr. Robert Hall carried out his PhD research on secondary plant substances at the University of Edinburgh and worked for ten years in the field of genetic modification and metabolic engineering at Wageningen. For the past ten years, Professor Hall has worked at the Centre for BioSystems Genomics, a large public-private partnership in the field of plant genomics involving 22 partners. Professor Robert Hall's chair by special appointment is funded by Plant Research International, a component of Wageningen UR.

14.40-15.20h. Dr. Kerstin Neumann

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (Germany)

Dr. Neumann focuses  in the implementation of high throughput phenotyping platforms as a way of overcoming the shortage of phenotypic data for the genetic analysis of quantitative traits.  She has recently focused on the phenotyping for drought tolerance in barley, using the LemnaTec-Scanalyzer 3D platform.

15.20-15.50h. Coffee break

15.50-16.30h. Dr. Radu Totir


Dr. Totir works as a Research Scientist in the Breeding Technologies group at Pioneer Hi-Bred. He earned a B.S in Animal Science from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; followed by a PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Radu Totir’s research is focused on the development and use of statistical/quantitative genetics techniques that exploit phenotypic, pedigree and DNA data collected within Pioneer breeding programs.

16.30-16.45h. Discussion and future perspectives  by Prof. Dr. Fred van Eeuwijk and Prof. Dr. Richard Visser

Wageningen UR (The Netherlands)

Prof. Dr. Fred van Eeuwijk wrote his PhD thesis at Wageningen University on the statistical modelling of genotype by environment interactions (1996). From 1997 till 2000 he was associate professor in statistics, spending a considerable proportion of my time on teaching (applied) statistics. In 2006, he became full professor in applied statistics. His main research topics include the statistical analysis of genotype by environment interaction and the development of QTL mapping methodology.

Prof.Dr. Richard Visser is the head of Wageningen UR Plant Breeding (merger between Lab of Plant Breeding of Wageningen University and of the Business Unit Biodiversity and Breeding of Plant Research International and of PPO Mushroom group) as of June 2005. His research focuses in the development and application of molecular breeding tools in brassicaceae, solanaceae, and ornamental crops.

16:45-17:00 Closure

17:00 Drinks at The Spot (Orion, ground floor)