Scientific program: Invited speakers

(Titles are still tentative)


Introductive session

  1. Forage crops and grasslands in Serbia: breeding, research and production:  Dejan Sokolović, Jasmina Radović, Zoran Lugić (Institute for forage crops, Serbia), Simić Aleksandar (Agrifaculty, Begrade University, Serbia)
  2. Forage and grasslands in a sustainable agriculture. New challenges for breeding: Christian Huyghe (INRA, France) and Charles Brummer (Noble Foundation, USA)


Session 1- The value of genetic resources for the improvement of complex traits

  1. Ex situ conservation of genetic resources of forage and turf species:  E. Willner (IPK Genbank, Malchow, Germany)
  2. Characterization of alfalfa Medicago sativa genetic resources: Isaak Rashal and Dace Grauda, Institute of Biology, University of Latvia, Latvia)


Session 1bis: Exploiting genetic diversity for complex traits

  1. Characterization of genetic diversity for resistance and quality traits using molecular tools: Tom Ruttink,  Hilde Muylle (Ilvo, Belgium), Susanne Barth (Teagasc, Ireland)
  2. Association mapping approaches for characterizing complex traits in forage species: Torben Asp (University Aarhus, Denmark)


Session 2 – New methods in sustainable forage and turf breeding. Paving the way to more efficient breeding strategies

  1. Emerging knowledge from genome sequencing of model and crop species: Aleksandar Mikić (Novi Sad, Serbia), B. Julier (Inra, France), L. Cattivelli (Italy), D. Weigel (Germany)
  2. Functional genomics of grass reproductive traits– paving the way towards hybrid breeding in forage and turf grasses: Bruno Studer (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  3. Genomics of leaf lifespan: modifying the leaf senescence: Karin Krupinska (Christian Albrecht University, Kiel, Germany)


Session 3- Turf grass breeding

  1. Recent achievements in breeding for turf quality under various biotic and abiotic stress: Trygve Aamlid (Bioforsk, Norway), Vincent Gensollen (Geves, France)
  2. Selection of grasses for lawn tennis use (interaction between variety and turf management): Andy Newell  (STRI, UK)


Session 4- Breeding for new roles of multifunctional forage species

  1. Breeding for healthy hay: Optimizing plant polyphenols in Legumes for ruminant nutrition, animal health and environmental sustainability. Irene Muller-Harvey (University of Reading, UK)
  2. 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)