At the end of the DuRPh research programme Wageningen UR has organised an international scientific conference presenting and discussing the results of DuRPh research and comparable research projects in wheat and banana. The conference 'Novel approaches to achieve durable disease resistance' was oranised on 3 September 2015 at Wageningen Campus.
The international scientific conference showed that growing crops with stacks of two or more resistance genes from closely related species, introduced into the crop via for instance genetic engineering, combined with the simultaneous introduction of resistance management, can ensure the long-term resistance of these plants to economically significant and aggressive diseases.
That combination offers opportunities to make agriculture more sustainable worldwide, for instance as part of an integrated pest management that only involves chemical means in exceptional situations and in low doses. This has been shown for potato and late blight and may translate well to other major food crops.
This web page offers you the presentations given during the international scientific meeting.
(Wageningen Campus, 9.00 - 12.00 h)
Chair: Anton Haverkort (projectleider DuRPh, Wageningen UR)
Cisgenic potato late blight resistance breeding (Jack Vossen, Wageningen UR)
Late blight resistance management in potato production (Geert Kessel, Wageningen UR)
Transgenic and genomics-assisted breeding approaches to improve durable fungal disease resistance in wheat (Beat Keller, University of Zürich)
Bananas: disease resistance through genetic modification (James Dale, Queensland University of Technology)
Next steps towards durable disease resistance (Richard Visser, Wageningen UR)
Assessing and Monitoring the Impacts of Genetically Modified Plants on Agro-ecosystems - AMIGA (Salvatore Arpaia, ENEA)
Panel discussion on optimal deployment of R-genes from natural gene pools. Panel: Jack Vossen, Geert Kessel, Beat Keller, James Dale, Richard Visser. Moderator: Piet Boonekamp.
Lunch at Wageningen Campus, 12:00 - 13:30 h
Field demonstration DuRPh
(Grebbedijk, Wageningen: 14.00 - 17.00 h)
- Introduction to the demonstration design (Geert Kessel)
- Field visits in groups (Geert Kessel, Ronald Hutten)
Discussion, drinks and bites
- Field demonstrations as platforms to inform about novel breeding and IPM: can this be done in other countries?
- Regulatory affairs within EU and outside
- Societal debate: role of DuRPh and other eye catching endeavour