Title:

Plant Quantitative Genetics: from Theory into Practice

Where:

University of Birmingham

Start Date:

Thursday 7th November

Description:

Historically, quantitative geneticists working on plants have lacked a forum to come together regularly within the UK to meet other researchers and discuss with leading experts within academia and the plant breeding industries. This seriously limits interactions between plant geneticists in academia and industry, and thus hampers the UK contribution to food security. Furthermore, there is a clearly identified need in the industry for training and recruiting more quantitative geneticists, to analyse the increasingly large and complex crop genetic data sets being generated.

 

This one off meeting intends to address these gaps by bringing together plant quantitative geneticists and breeders for a lively discussion of the most up to date advancements in quantitative genetics as applied to plants, and particularly crops, and to identify on-going opportunities for discussion and collaboration between the academic community and the plant breeding industry. The success of this meeting is expected to motivate the development of a Genetics Society Sectional Interest Group (SIG), which will provide on-going opportunities for discussion and collaboration between the academic community and the plant breeding industry.

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