Programme of 30th Meeting of EUCARPIA Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section

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Sunday, 12 May

  • 14:30-17:30 Festulolium Workshop / 3rd Festulolium Working Group Meeting (Small hall)
  • 18:00-20:00 Registration and poster setting
  • 20:00 Welcome reception

Monday, 13 May

  • 08:00-09:00 Registration and poster setting
  • 09:00-09:45 Opening ceremony – Welcome addresses (Main conference auditorium)
  • 09:45-11:00 Introductive lectures (Main conference auditorium)

Chairpersons: Dirk Reheul, University of Gent, Belgium and Zoran Lugić, Institute for forage crops, Kruševac, Serbia

  • 09:45-10:15 Introductive lecture: Grasslands and forage crops in Serbia: production and breeding. Dejan Sokolović, Jasmina Radović, Zoran Lugić (Institute for forage crops, Krusevac, Serbia), Aleksandar Simić (Agriculture faculty, Belgrade University, Serbia)
  • 10:15-11:00 Introductive lecture: Forage and grasslands in a sustainable agriculture. New challenges for breeding. Christian Huyghe (INRA, France) and Charles Brummer (Noble Foundation, USA)
  • 11:00-11:40 Opening Cocktail
  • 11:40-19:20 Session1 Genetic variability in forage productivity and quality and its exploitation through breeding” (Main conference auditorium)
  • 11:40-13:10 Invited papers Session 1 “The value of genetic resources for the improvement of complex traits”

Chairperson: Luciano Pecetti, CRA-FLC, Lodi, Italy

  • 11:40-12:25 Invited paper: Ex situ conservation of genetic resources of forage and turf species.  Evelin Willner (IPK Genbank, Malchow, Germany)
  • 12:25-13:10 Invited paper: Characterization of alfalfa Medicago sativa genetic resources. Isaak Rashal and Dace Grauda (Institute of Biology, University of Latvia, Latvia)
  • 13:10-14:25 Lunch (Hotel restaurant)
  • 14:25-15:55  Invited papers Session 1 bis “Exploting genetic diversity for complex traits”

(Main conference auditorium)

Chairperson: Daniel Thorogood, IBERS, Aberystwyth, UK

  • 14:25-15:10 Invited paper: Characterization of genetic diversity for resistance and quality traits using molecular tools. Tom Ruttink,  Hilde Muylle (ILVO, Belgium), Susanne Barth (Teagasc, Ireland)
  • 15:10-15:55 Invited paper: Association mapping approaches for characterizing complex traits in forage species. Torben Asp (University Aarhus, Denmark)
  • 15:55-19:20  Offered papers Session 1 (Main conference auditorium)

Chairperson: Baldomero Alarcon-Zuniga, UAC, Texcoco, Mexico

  • 15:55-16:15 Valentina Nanni, Marilena Paolini, Angelo Innocenti, Paolo Mulè, Mirella Vargiu (Italy): A breeding program started from contrasting genotypes of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), as characterized in the frame of the PERMED project
  • 16:15-16:35 Mirjana Petrović, Zoran Lugić, Zora Dajić-Stevanović, Bojan Anđelković, Jordan Marković, Vladimir Zornić (Serbia): Variability of alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum L.) natural populations from Serbia
  • 16:35-18:00 Coffee break with Poster Session 1 (Poster hall)
  • 16:45-18:00 EUCARPIA Section Board meeting (Small hall)
  • 18:00-18:20 Marc Ghesquière, Philippe Barre, Jean-Louis Durand, Isabelle Litrico, Jean-Paul Sampoux, Pierre Mournet, Florence Volaire (France):Genetic response to climate scenarios within Dactylis and Festuca of temperate vs Mediterranean origin.
  • 18:20-18:40 Tomáš Vymyslický, Zdeněk Musil (Czech Republic): Monitoring of vegetation changes in selected sinkholes in the Moravian karst.
  • 18:40-19:00 Tim Vleugels, Joost Baert, Erik van Bockstaele (Belgium): Evaluation of a diverse collection of red clover germplasm for susceptibility to clover rot (Sclerotinia trifoliorum) and other important traits
  • 19:00-19:20 Poster talks Session 1

Jana Repková et al. (Czech Republic): Interspecific hybrids Trifolium pratense x Trifolium medium as the source of new diversity.

Mathias Cougnon et al. (Belgium): Factors influencing preference of tall fescue genotypes for grazing sheep.

Sanja Vasiljević et al. (Serbia): Genetic diversity of red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) determined by phenotypic traits and SSR molecular markers.

Daniela Knotová et al. (Czech Republic): The utilisation of wild Fabaceae species in grasslands.

  • 19:30 Welcome Cocktail – Serbian evening”

Tuesday, 14 May

 Mid-conference tour (tentative program)

  • 09:00- 09:15 Meeting and departure (infront of the hotel)
  • 10:00-13:00 Experimental field of the Institute for forage crops, Kruševac
  • 13:30-15:00 Lunch
  • 16:15-18:15 Visit to dairy farm Lazar – Blace
  • 19:15-21:15 Guided tour in old town Krusevac and Cocktail in Town hall – Mosaic evening
  • 22:00 Arrival time to V. Banja. (approximately)

Wednesday, 15 May

  • 09:00-13:30 Session 2 “New biotechnology methods in sustainable breeding: strategies and implementation”

“Paving the way to more efficient breeding strategies” (Main conference auditorium)

  • 09:00-11:15 Invited papers Session 2

Chairperson: Isabel Roldan-Ruiz, ILVO, Belgium

  • 09:00-09:45 Invited paper:  Genomics of leaf lifespan: modifying the leaf senescence. Karin Krupinska (Christian Albrecht University, Kiel, Germany)
  • 09:45-10:30 Invited paper: Functional genomics of grass reproductive traits– paving the way towards hybrid breeding in forage and turf grasses. Bruno Studer (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • 10:30-11:15 Invited paper: Emerging knowledge from genome sequencing of model and crop species. Aleksandar Mikić (IFVCNS, Novi Sad, Serbia), Bernadette Julier, Frédéric Debellé (INRA, France), Luigi Cattivelli (GRC, Italy), Ian Armstead (Aberystwyth University, UK)
  • 11:15-12:00 Coffee break with Poster Session 2 (Poster hall)
  • 12:00-13:30 Offered papers Session 2 (Main conference auditorium)

Chairperson: Bernadette Julier, INRA, Lusignan, France

  • 12:00-12:20 Dawid Perlikowski, Arkadiusz Kosmala, Izabela Pawłowicz, Marcin Rapacz, Janusz Kościelniak, Zbigniew Zwierzykowski (Poland): Influence of short-term drought conditions and subsequent re-watering on the physiology and proteome of Lolium multiflorum / Festuca arundinacea introgression forms with contrasting levels of tolerance to long-term drought
  • 12:20-12:40 Daniel Thorogood, Matthew Hegarty, Ros Mathews, Debra Allen, James MacDuff (UK): A genetic association between leaf elongation rate and flowering time in perennial ryegrass.
  • 12:40-13:00 Janaki Velmurugan, Dan Milbourne, Chris Creevey, Helena Meally, Linda Cardle, David Marshall, Micha Bayer, Matthew McCabe, Bridget Lynch, Susanne Barth (Ireland): A cost effective approach to generate a large number of markers for genotyping in perennial ryegrass suitable for whole genome association studies.
  • 13:00-13:30 Poster talks Session 2

Meraluna Canunayon et al. (UK): Identification of QTLs for leaf senescence in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.).

Dragan Milić et al. (Serbia): Heterosis in alfalfa breeding.

Schubiger Franz Xaver et al. (Switzerland): Inheritance of crown rust resistance in a perennial ryegrass genotype of the cultivar Arvella.

Joost Baert et al. (Belgium): Variation of cell wall digestibility in fodder grasses and a perennial ryegrass breeding pool.

Kovi Mallikarjuna Rao et al., (Norway): Transcriptome profiling under hardening/de-hardening conditions in Lolium perenne by RNA-sequencing

Ottilia Nhengiwa (Germany): Breeding of rye grass varieties adapted to biotic and abiotic stress by integration of innovative genomic and metabolomic tools.

  • 13:30-14:40 Lunch (Hotel restaurant)
  • 14:40-16:10 Session 3 “Turf grass breeding” (invited session) (Main conference auditorium)

Chairperson: Niels Peter Roulund, DLF -TRIFOLIUM, Denmark

  • 14:40-15:25 Invited paper: Recent achievements in breeding for turf quality under various biotic and abiotic stress. Trygve Aamlid (Bioforsk, Norway), Vincent Gensollen (Geves, France)
  • 15:25-16:10 Invited paper: Selection of grasses for lawn tennis use (interaction between variety and turf management). Andy Newell  (STRI, UK)
  • 16:10-16:50 Coffee break
  • 16:20-17:50 Workshop: Public-Private Partnership – constrains and opportunities. Moderators: Ulrich Posselt (University of Hohenheim, Germany) and Charles Brummer (Noble Foundation, USA) (Small hall)
  • 17:50-18:50 General assembly of EUCARPIA section (Main conference auditorium)
  • 19:45 The night of Serbian tradition
  • 19:45-20:30 Concert of Serbian folk dances, music and songs (Cultural association 14th October, Kruševac) (Main conference auditorium)
  • 20:30 Conference dinner (Hotel crystal hall)

Thursday, 16 May

  • 09:00-12:20 Session 4 “Breeding for new roles of multifunctional forage species”

(Main conference auditorium)

  • 09:00-10:30 Invited papers Session 4

Chairperson: Jasmina Radović, Institute for forage crops, Kruševac, Serbia

  • 09:00-09:45 Invited paper: Breeding for healthy hay: Optimizing plant polyphenols in Legumes for ruminant nutrition, animal health and environmental sustainability. Irene Muller-Harvey (University of Reading, UK)
  • 09:45-10:30 Invited paper: Can genome scans be combined to environmental information to improve the use of collection of natural diversity as genetic resource for forage and turf breeding. Jean-Paul Sampoux (Inra, Lusignan, France)
  • 10:30-10:50 Section history, summary of the last 10 meetings Ulrich Posselt (University of Hohenheim, Germany)
  • 10:50-12:20 Offered papers Session 4

Chairperson: Tomáš Vymyslický, Agricultural research, Ltd., Troubsko, Czech Republic

  • 10:50-11:20 Joint presentation, Ulf Feuerstein,  Anita Swieter (Germany): Fair evaluation of yield and quality potential in forage species evaluation; Monitoring, analysis and modeling of yield and quality dynamics of Lolium perenne varieties for biogas production
  • 11:20-11:50 Coffee break with Poster Session 4 (Poster hall)
  • 11:50-12:10 Goran Jevtić, Bojan Anđelković, Jasmina Radović (Serbia): Effect of alfalfa cultivar on pollinator visitation, seed yield and yield components
  • 12:10-12:20 Poster talks Session 4

Aina Ramsay et al. (UK): Condensed tannin analysis by thiolytic degradation in sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia) silage.

Dušica Delić et al. (Serbia): Effect of different rhizobacteria on alfalfa, Medicago sativa L. yield by inoculation of a preceding oats, Avena sativa L.

  • 12:20-13:10 General conclusions and Closing ceremony (Main conference auditorium)
  • 13:10-14:30 Lunch (Hotel restaurant)
  • 15:00 Charter busses departure to Belgrade (Infront of the hotel)
  • 15:00 Post-conference tour departure (Infront of the hotel)